Health officials: Omicron variant identified in 5 Michigan counties – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

The most recent COVID-19 alternative omicron has actually now been determined in five counties throughout the state of Michigan, authorities stated Friday.According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), an overall of six verified omicron cases have actually been found in the state as of Friday, Dec. 17. The following Michigan counties are reporting the following number of omicron cases: Genesee County: 2 omicron casesKent County: 1 omicron caseOakland County: 1 omicron caseWashtenaw County: 1 omicron caseWayne County: 1 omicron casePrior to Friday, only one recognized omicron case was reported in Michigan, in Kent County.While the present omicron numbers are low in Michigan, it is most likely that there are more infections caused by the COVID variant throughout Michigan and the U.S. that have not been identified. On Tuesday, MDHHS reported that a total of 29 states and U.S. areas have identified omicron infections so far.AdThe latest coronavirus version has actually triggered some issue throughout the world. Specialists state the make up of the omicron variation appears various from previous COVID-19 pressures, triggering unpredictability over its impact and if existing vaccines would be efficient versus it. Health professionals say that information so far shows that the omicron variation is more transmissible than previous strains, but might cause less severe disease.More: 8 Michigan COVID takeaways: Omicron, 4th surge, deeply concerning directionOfficials say that existing COVID-19 vaccines do use defense from the most recent version, but that a booster shot is crucial to increase that defense. Some drugmakers have started to reimagine existing COVID vaccines to better fit the omicron variant.AdMore: Pfizer jabs safeguard 70% against hospitalization from omicronExperts think the omicron version will end up being the dominant COVID-19 variation in the U.S. by next year.Copyright 2021 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights scheduled.