JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi has reported its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The Mississippi State Department of Health made the announcement on Monday, Dec. 6.
The case is in a fully-vaccinated individual who recently traveled to New York.
The patient was not hospitalized.
“We were prepared for the appearance of this variant in Mississippi, and we need to remember that Delta is still a very active variant of COVID-19 currently in the state, as well,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said.
While information on the infection rate and severity of the Omicron variant is still unknown, Dobbs said the best protection at this point is the COVID-19 vaccinations and booster.
“Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow the transmission rate, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death,” he said.
MSDH is also experiencing a minimal increase in the number of COVID patients in the hospital and a minimal increase of COVID patients in the ICU and on vents.