The Omicron variant has been released. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced the first known case of COVID-19 variant.
The Department has released a news release stating that the presumed positive case involves a St. Louis City resident, who had recently traveled abroad. The state agency claims that the sample was originally sequenced as part commercial laboratory surveillance. Results are currently awaiting confirmation of the CDC.
DHSS claims that Omicron can cause severe disease and transmission. Scientists are also investigating the extent to which Omicron is protected by existing therapies and vaccines.
“Although there is much we still need to learn about this new variant, we do know the best tool currently available to protect ourselves from COVID-19 is personal prevention. I urge Missourians to seek information on the Omicron variant from DHSS and trusted medical sources opposed to social media,” says Donald Kauerauf, DHSS Director. “We also encourage Missourians to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and staying informed this holiday season as this new variant is investigated further.”
Kauerauf states that the Delta variant is still the dominant variant in Missouri and currently accounts for well over 99%.
DHSS states that it will continue to work closely with public health partners to monitor the Omicron variant’s increase, as well as trends in other variations.
Missouri currently has 5,375 COVID-19 cases. The virus is currently being treated in a Missouri hospital for 1,460 cases. At least 15 people have died of the coronavirus in the last week.
Nearly 52% of Missouri’s have been fully vaccinated.
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