Sunday, December 5, 2021

Wisconsin health officials confirm first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant

Alissa Eckert/Dan Higgins/CDC

 MADISON, Wis. — The state of Wisconsin has its first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, state health officials announced Saturday night.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the one case was identified in a Wisconsin resident who had recently traveled to South Africa, which was one of the first countries to detect the new COVID-19 variant.

Officials say the person is a man from Milwaukee County who had been fully vaccinated and received a booster dose. The man had mild symptoms but did not need to be hospitalized.

According to DHS, this case is not related to a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a Milwaukee County wedding that saw multiple California residents get infected with the Omicron variant.

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