ST. LOUIS – The city of Saint-Louis has reported its first case of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron, and is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A resident of St. Louis, who is presumed positive for the variant, recently traveled to the United States.
The Omicron variant has received increased attention due to its supposed ability to spread and possibly evade immunity. Very little information is currently available on these factors.
The heads of state said they were working with other public health agencies to monitor an increase in the number of omicron cases in Missouri.
“Getting the COVID-19 vaccine, including receiving boosters, remains essential to dramatically reduce the severity of illness and death,” said Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, City of St. Louis director of health. .
The agency continues to recommend that residents follow prevention strategies such as wearing a mask in indoor public places, frequent hand washing and distancing from others.
A week ago, the World Health Organization classified the omicron variant as of concern because of the types of mutations identified. The first case in the United States was identified in California earlier this week.
This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.
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