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Omicron Variant Detected in ELVPHD Health District

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

January 3, 2022 
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department has been notified of the first case of the B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant of COVID-19 within the district. Other specimens of COVID-19 in the district are being tested to identify possible additional cases.
The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department has noted an increase of COVID-19 cases since August in the four-county district, and with the presence of the Omicron variant, we expect these numbers to increase. We encourage the public to avoid large gatherings, particularly those in enclosed spaces, wear a mask, and continue their efforts to get vaccinated or receive their COVID vaccine booster. The health department and state health officials continue to study the variants and cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated individuals to understand the impact on individual health. 
The Centers for Disease Control recently updated their quarantine and isolation guidance for those affected by COVID-19. They updated these guidelines to manage the spread of the virus while recognizing the need for people to maintain their daily lives. More information on quarantine and isolation can be found on the CDC’s website. 
Melanie Thompson, Emergency Response Coordinator for the health department, states, “We expected the Omicron variant to show up in our health district and have been planning for it. Though not 100% effective, the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death. Our health department operates COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Tekamah, West Point and Norfolk three days a week for people to receive their vaccines.” 
For more information on where to get your vaccine, please visit the health department’s website at www.elvphd.org.  
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Wisner, NE 68791

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