First Omicron Variant Reported In Missouri

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced the first case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron Variant.  The presumed positive sample originated from a St. Louis City resident who has recently traveled within the United States.  The results are curently awaiting confirmation by the CDC. 

In a statement, DHSS Director Donald Kauerauf said, "Although there is much we still need to learn about this new variant, we do know the best tool currently available to protect ourselves from COVID-19 is personal prevention. I urge Missourians to seek information on the Omicron variant from DHSS and trusted medical sources as opposed to social media."  Kauerauf, added "we also encourage Missourians to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and staying informed this holiday season as this new variant is investigated further.”