Omicron confirmed in Sarpy County – KETV Omaha

Omicron confirmed in Sarpy County

A female Sarpy County resident has tested positive for the omicron variant



JO: OMICRON APPEARS TO BE LESS SEVERE BUT IT SPREADS FASTER. THE MORE CHANCES OF DEVELOPING NEW, DEADLIER VARIANCE. — VARIANTS. OMROICN IS OFFICIALLY HERE. 10 CASES AND COUNTING IN DOUGLAS COUNTY. >> THERE’S NO REASON TO TNKHI THAT THIS WON’T TAKE OFF AND SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE. JOEY: THAT WILDFIRE MIGHT HAVE BEEN IGNITED TUESDAY, BUT DOCTORS SAY THVAE RIANT MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN THE METRO. >> THESE ARE JUST THE FIRST 10 THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED. JOEY: NEBRASKONA LY SEQUENCES 5% OF ITS TOTAL CESAS, WHICH MEANS THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHIT COVID WON’T KNOW WHICH VARNTIA THEY HE.AV >> I ASSUME, AS WE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE SEQUENCING DATA, THAT OMICRON WILL BECOME THE PREDOMINANT STRAIN OF COVID IN THE AREA. JOEY: THE FIRST KNOWN LOCAL OMICRON CASES EMERGETHD E SAME DAY PRESIDENT BIDEN COMMITTETOD DISTRIBUTING HALF A BILLION FREE AT-HOME COVID TESTS. >> THE WIDER AVAILABILITOFY TESTS IS GREAT, BUT WE’REOT N GOING TO TEST OUR WAY OUT OF THIS PANDEMIC. JOEY: AS PEOPLE PREPARE FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL, AT-HOME TEST KITS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND. >> WE STOCK A BUNCH OF TMHE EVERY DAY AND JUST ABOUTVERY E DAY, THEY’RE SOLD OUT. JOEY: BECAUSE OMICRON ISOS CONTAGIOUS, UNMC DR. MARK RUPP SAYS WE SHOULD ALL EXPECTOT COME IN CONTACT WITH COV.ID >> THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS JUST HAVE YO IURMMUNE SYSTEM PREP FOR IT. YOU GET THAT THROUGH THE VACCINE. JOEY: AND FOR THOSE WHO TEST POSITIVE, RUPP SAYS EARLY INFORMATION SUGGESTS MONOCLOLNA ANTIBODY TREATMENTS MIGHT T BENO AS EFFECTIVE AGAINST OMION.CR PLUS, THEY’RE IN SHORT SUPP. >> WE’RE PAST CAPACITY IN MANY HOSPITS.AL AND IT JUST WILL NOT TAKE RYVE MANY CASES TO UPSET THE BALANCE. JOEY: DR. RUPP SAYS THERE’S ANOTHER WAY TO COMBAT OMRON.IC >> I THINK THAT IT’S TIME TO TPU THE MASK MANDATE BACK INTO PLE. JOEY: DR. RUPP EMPHASIZES WE DON’T NEED TO SHUT DOWN THE ECONY.OM HE SAYS WEARING MASKS INDOORS AND GETTING VACCINATED CAN HPEL KEEP OMICRON A

Omicron confirmed in Sarpy County

A female Sarpy County resident has tested positive for the omicron variant

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department reported Monday that an adult, female Sarpy County resident has tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19.“With omicron being identified in communities surrounding our health jurisdiction we knew it was just a matter of time before the omicron variant was identified here,” said Sarah Schram, Sarpy/Cass Health Department Director. “Getting vaccinated or receiving a booster dose is the best thing residents can do to protect themselves, their families, friends, and community from COVID-19.”Cass and Sarpy County residents can search for a vaccine provider on www.vaccines.gov or www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/myturn or call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.Douglas County reported 12 cases of the omicron variant last week.

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department reported Monday that an adult, female Sarpy County resident has tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19.

“With omicron being identified in communities surrounding our health jurisdiction we knew it was just a matter of time before the omicron variant was identified here,” said Sarah Schram, Sarpy/Cass Health Department Director. “Getting vaccinated or receiving a booster dose is the best thing residents can do to protect themselves, their families, friends, and community from COVID-19.”

Cass and Sarpy County residents can search for a vaccine provider on www.vaccines.gov or www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/myturn or call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Douglas County reported 12 cases of the omicron variant last week.

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