Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department confirms omicron variant in their district

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:30 PM CST
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WAYNE, Neb. (KTIV) - A health department that covers four of Siouxland’s Nebraska counties has confirmed the omicron COVID-19 variant is in their area.

The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, which covers Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties, confirmed the variant through lab testing. Though the variant has been detected, health officials in the area say this variant tends to cause milder symptoms. But also state that omicron has the potential to infect many more people than the delta variant.

“When a virus variant causes many more people to be sick, that increases the number of people who could potentially become severely ill and need hospitalization. Increased case numbers can also lead to decreased numbers of employees who able to work including the number of healthcare workers available to staff hospitals. Our local, state and national health care system is currently overburdened due to COVID-19,” said Julie Rother, NNPHD Health Director.

The NNPHD says over the last four weeks, unvaccinated people were eight times more likely to be hospitalized due to the virus than people who are fully vaccinated. With this in mind, the health department is continuing to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine clinics available in NNPHD’s area can be regularly found on the department’s Facebook page.

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