Minnesota Governor on First Case of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz today released the following statement on the state’s first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant:

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, Minnesota’s nation-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and strong testing network have allowed the state to quickly track the COVID-19 virus and better understand its spread.  Today, those tools detected a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota.”

“This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise.  We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world.  Minnesotans know what to do to keep each other safe now—get the vaccine, get tested, wear a mask indoors, and get a booster.  Together, we can fight this virus and help keep Minnesotans safe.”