Indiana detects first case of omicron variant, health officials say

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Sunday that the first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant has been detected in the state.

According to a press release from the IDOH, the variant was detected in an unvaccinated Indiana resident.

The release read that the resident had tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 9, and through subsequent testing by the IDOH Laboratories' variant surveillance program, the omicron variant was detected.

Indiana Health Commissioner Kris Box said the new COVID-19 variant "underscores the importance" of residents getting vaccinated and taking other preventative measures to stop the spread of the virus.

“While we are still learning about omicron, we already have the tools and knowledge we need to protect ourselves and the people we love from COVID-19," Box said in the release. "I urge eligible Hoosiers to use those tools as soon as possible to limit the further spread of disease.”

According to the Indiana COVID-19 Dashboard, the state saw 5,181 new cases on Thursday.

On Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed that multiple cases of the omicron variant has been detected in the state. Ohio state health officials announced the state's first cases on Dec. 11.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Indiana health officials announces first case of omicron variant

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