Wisconsin reports first Omicron variant case
MADISON, WI (KBJR) - Wisconsin reported its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant Saturday.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the one case was found in a Milwaukee County resident who recently traveled to South Africa.
The person was fully vaccinated and had received a booster dose.
According to the DHS, the person reported mild symptoms, and no hospitalization has been required.
“We’ve been prepared for this news and will continue trusting the science to help keep Wisconsinites and our communities healthy and safe,” said Governor Tony Evers. “Now is the time to double down on our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. I urge all eligible Wisconsinites to get vaccinated and receive a booster dose as soon as possible and to follow the latest public health guidance.”
As cases of the Omicron variant continue to grow across the U.S., state health officials urge people to get vaccinated.
Everyone ages five and up is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Additionally, the CDC now recommends that everyone 18 and older receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after their single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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