The Chippewa County Health Department announced Tuesday that they have detected the Omicron variant in Chippewa County.
According to the health department, they received confirmation of the Omicron variant from the MDHHS.
Health department officials state that the Omicron variant spreads faster than other COVID-19 variants, which they say may account for the rise in case counts within Chippewa County over recent weeks.
Officials say since Jan. 1, more than 800 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Chippewa County.
According to the Chippewa County Health Department, “Vaccines are shown to be effective against Omicron and other variants of COVID-19 in that people that test positive for COVID-19 are at much lower risk of severe COVID, hospitalization and death.”
Health department officials recommend the following to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
- Wear a well-fitting mask when in close contact with others
- Get vaccinated, including a booster as soon as possible
- If you become ill with a fever and other symptoms (sore throat, cough, etc.) stay home until fever subsides and symptoms improve
- If you have the ability to get tested, do so
- If you test positive for COVID-19, notify your close contacts
Chippewa County Health Department further notes that they, along with other community partners, will be receiving KN95 masks to distribute to the public soon.
Public announcements will be made with further information on distribution sites.
Additionally, beginning Tuesday community members can receive up to four at home COVID test kits by
For more information on testing sites and information on what to do should you test positive for COVID-19,