South Dakota reports first case of omicron variant

Omicron Variant

WHO labels new Covid strain, named omicron
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PIERRE, S.D. — On Wednesday, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed that the first known case of the omicron COVID-19 variant has been detected in the state.

The case, a 20-something male in Minnehaha County, is the first and only one of the variant to be confirmed. However, the DoH says it’s “safe to assume other cases across the state may exist given the variant’s increased transmission.”

The B.1.1.529 variant – or “omicron” – was first detected in South Africa in November and in the United States on December 1.

The variant is known to include a greater rate of transmission, reduced effectiveness of existing treatments, and reduced vaccine efficacy. The DoH says that vaccines currently available have “so far proven effective” against hospitalization and death from coronavirus.

CLICK HERE for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19 and it’s known variants.

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