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DHD#10: First Omicron Cases Detected in Kalkaska, Manistee and Wexford Counties

District Health Department #10 announced Thursday that the first cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Kalkaska, Manistee and Wexford Counties.

DHD#10 states that according to the CDC, the Omicron variant is concerning because it will most likely spread more easily. The CDC expects that anyone with the Omicron variant can spread the virus to others, whether or not they are vaccinated or do not have symptoms.

According to DHD#10, current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.

They say breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated will likely continue.

“After detecting the initial case in Newaygo, it is not surprising that more Omicron cases are being detected in other DHD#10 counties,” said Kevin Hughes, Health Officer of DHD#10. “Not every positive case is sent off to be analyzed, however, with the additional at-home tests becoming available, as well as out effort to recruit and host testing sites, and holding vaccination clinics, we hope the spread can be contained. That all hinges on whether everyone is following the recommended guidelines.”

This comes after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Postal Service partnered to deliver free, at-home coronavirus tests.

They say every home address is eligible to order four free at-home tests, and orders should ship between 7-12 days after ordering, beginning in late Jan.

To order your covid tests,

To schedule your COVID-19 vaccine, booster dose or flu shot, or call 888-217-3904.

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