The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is now in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is reporting the first probable case in the state.

Omicron Variant Discovered in One Metro Area in Louisiana

A person from Region 1 in the New Orleans area is battling the new strain. Doctors say this person recently traveled within the United States, but not outside of the country.

“We now know Omicron is here in Louisiana. This is cause for concern, but not panic,” said State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. “We have been expecting and preparing for this moment. To all Louisianans, the single best action you can take to protect yourselves and your families is to get yourself and loved ones vaccinated and boosted if eligible.”

“The Governor and I promised earlier today we would share with the public as soon as we had information that Omicron was in our state,” said Dr. Kanter. “We know families have questions and concerns. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public updated.”
CDC and LDH recommend everyone 5 years of age and older get vaccinated and that everyone 18 years of age and older get a booster.

Where Do Experts Believe Omicron Variant Began?

This new variant was first reported to the World Health Organization by government officials in South Africa, and the number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing throughout the Republic of South Africa.

Is the Omicron Variant in Shreveport?

So far, the virus has been detected in more than 30 countries and at least 9 states. No cases have been reported in the Shreveport area, but local experts say it is probably already here.

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