OMICRON

North Dakota Health Experts Talk Omicron

The Omicron Variant is on the Rise in North Dakota

NORTH DAKOTA – The North Dakota Department of Health says recent data shows spikes of almost one-and-a-half million new cases of Covid-19 across the nation in a single day. Omicron is extremely contagious and has begun surging in North Dakota. The variant is less severe than others but has a high attack rate that will still cause rampant cases, hospitalizations…

Twin Cities restore mask mandate

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said the requirement would take effect in both cities at 5 p.m. Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota’s two largest cities moved Wednesday to reimpose mask requirements in businesses and public places as the omicron variant of coronavirus spreads rapidly. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said the requirement would take effect in both cities at 5 p.m. Thursday. Frey said it’s essential to keep the city healthy and moving,…

Health Officials urge people to get vaccinated before Omicron variant hits ND

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Health officials are testing for the new Omicron variant and urging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot before the variant arrives to North Dakota. The Fargo Cass Public Health Board of Health discusses the potential threat of Omicron variant and several other COVID-19 updates. According to Cass County Public Health, Cass County…

“It’s not surprising that it showed up” Walz speaks on Omicron variant

Well first and foremost it's not surprising that it showed up.

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR) — The omicron variant of COVID-19 has been discovered in at least five states, the second being Minnesota. It shows yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate the globe with speed. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz gives an update on the first confirmed Omicron variant case in the state. “Well first and foremost it’s not surprising…

First US case of COVID-19 omicron variant identified

Omicron variant (World Health Org.)WASHINGTON (AP) – A person in California has become the first  in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive on Nov. 29. The person was vaccinated but had not received…

U.S. bans travel from South Africa due to COVID-19 variant

Omicron variant (World Health Org.)WASHINGTON  – Beginning Monday, the United States will ban travel from South Africa and 7 other African nations by non-US citizens following the discovery of a COVID-19 variant. Officials have named the variant “omicron.” A World Health Organization panel has classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern. The variant’s discovery in southern Africa sent…