Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department detects first case of omicron COVID variant

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 3:44 PM CST
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(KTIV) - A public health department in northeast Nebraska has detected its first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department covers Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton Counties. Officials say the case was detected in this four-county district. Details on when it was detected and the condition of the person with the variant have not been released. Tests are underway to identify any additional cases in the district.

The ELVPHD says it has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases since August, and with omicron now present, they expect numbers to increase.

“We expected the omicron variant to show up in our health district and have been planning for it. Though not 100% effective, the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death. Our health department operates COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Tekamah, West Point and Norfolk three days a week for people to receive their vaccines,” said Melanie Thompson, the emergency response coordinator for the ELVPHD.

The Centers for Disease Control recently updated their quarantine and isolation guidance for those affected by COVID-19. You can find out more on the CDC’s website here.

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