KGO Hosts React: San Francisco Confirms First Omicron Case in the US

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk in downtown Lisbon, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Portuguese health authorities on Monday identified 13 cases of omicron, the new coronavirus variant spreading fast globally, among members of the Lisbon-based Belenenses SAD soccer club, and were investigating possible local transmission of the virus outside of southern Africa. (AP Photo/Ana Brigida)

The first U.S. case of the Covid-19 Omicron variant was confirmed in San Francisco, putting California at the center of the nation’s pandemic response once again.

Officials said the infected individual traveled from South Africa to San Francisco on November 22nd. The person is fully vaccinated and is experiencing “mild symptoms” that do not require hospitilzation.

Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the discovery of the Omicron variant in the United States “is another example of why it’s important for people to get vaccinated.”

KGO 810 hosts Chip Franklin, John Rothmann, Mark Thompson, and guest host Chris Merrill provide insight on why the first omicron case is cause for caution instead of panic.

ABC News’s Alex Stone opens The Chip Franklin Show by sharing details on the Omnicron case in San Francisco. They then divulge into the reasoning for why people still insist on not getting the vaccine or wearing a mask with all of this concern.


San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President David Canepa comes on The Chip Franklin Show to talk about COVID impacts in his county. With the news of the new Omincron variant, Canepa encourages people to get vaccinated and make the right decision going forward.

Omicron comes to the Bay Area, John Rothmann gets to the bottom of it.

UCSF Epidemiologist George Rutherford joins The Mark Thompson Show to discuss the Omicron variant.


The Morning Show with Guest Host Chris Merrill reports the first COVID case of the Omicron variant in the United States was discovered right here in San Francisco. Will this change government guidelines, or your personal behavior? 


UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health’s infectious disease and vaccinology expert Dr. John Swartzberg joins the Morning Show with Guest Host Chris Merrill to provide a realistic assessment of what we know so far about COVID’s Omicron variant.

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