Omicron strain of COVID not detected in SW Missouri according to Freeman

Earlier this week officials with Freeman Health System in Joplin reported a near doubling of new COVID cases over the past month, but the Delta variant continues to be the dominant strain. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

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According to the most recent data from the CDC released last week, 96.7% of all cases of COVID-19 in the US are the Delta strain. While Omicron has received a lot of attention since it was first discovered in South Africa last month it only makes up for 2.9% of cases in the United States.

Earlier this week, Jessica Liberty, Freeman’s Infection Prevention and Control Manager revealed that Omicron has not been detected, at least not in Joplin. “Well, what we do know right now which is great news is that the Omicron variant is not here. We have a lot of requests from the state that are asking for specimens to determine if there is the presence of that variant and there is not.” The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 34 states including Missouri, although it has not been observed in Oklahoma, or Arkansas. The first confirmed case of the strain was reported in Kansas on Thursday. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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