First Omicron case identified in Wisconsin – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services identified the first case of the Omicron variant in Wisconsin on Saturday.

A case of the Omicron variant has been identified in a man from Wisconsin who recently traveled to South Africa, according to a statement.

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The man is a resident of Milwaukee County who is fully vaccinated and has received a booster dose, the statement said. He reported mild symptoms.

“We have been prepared for this news and will continue to trust science to help keep Wisconsinites and our communities healthy and safe,” Governor Tony Evers said. “Now is the time to redouble 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 follow the latest public health guidelines. “

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The Omicron variant was first discovered in South Africa in November 2021 and has spread to the United States.

For more information on Wisconsin‘s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage.

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