Omicron Variant Found In Wisconsin

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has detected the newest variant of concern, the Omicron variant, in Wisconsin. B.1.1.529, was classified as a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 30. A variant of concern is the classification meaning there is evidence of being more contagious, causing more severe illness, or resistance to diagnostics, treatments, or vaccines. To date, one case of the Omicron variant has been identified in a specimen from a Wisconsin resident with recent travel history to South Africa. Governor Tony Evers says the state has been “prepared for this news and will continue trusting the science to help keep Wisconsinites and our communities healthy and safe. The governor says now is the time to double down on our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Evers urges all eligible Wisconsinites to get vaccinated and receive a booster dose as soon as possible.