WISCONSIN — The first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant has been identified in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services identified the case Saturday. It is the only confirmed case of the omicron variant in Wisconsin at this time.
Earlier Saturday, the health department shared that a California omicron outbreak was linked back to a Wisconsin wedding. No cases tied to that wedding have been confirmed in Wisconsin yet. Health officials said they are continuing to investigate it.
The Wisconsin resident who contracted it recently traveled to South Africa. He is an adult male who lives in Milwaukee County. He was fully vaccinated, and had a booster. He has only reported mild symptoms and has not been hospitalized.
Wisconsin DHS said contact tracing for this case are complete.
“We’ve been prepared for this news and will continue trusting the science to help keep Wisconsinites and our communities healthy and safe,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “Now is the time to double down on our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. I urge all eligible Wisconsinites to get vaccinated and receive a booster dose as soon as possible and to follow the latest public health guidance.”
Wisconsin DHS is urging people to get vaccinated in light of this news.
“With the detection of Omicron in Wisconsin, Wisconsinites should stay vigilant in their efforts to stay healthy and to help prevent further strain on our heavily burdened hospital system,” said Wisconsin DHS secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. "As we learn more about this variant and how easily it spreads, it’s crucial that all Wisconsinites continue to practice good public health safety measures like getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, staying home if you’re sick, and getting tested."