According to the county health department, seven residents of Weld County have tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19.
The Weld County Department of Health said in a press release Tuesday that it had been advised of the positive tests by officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Residents range from 7 months to 78 years old and live in communities such as Windsor, the Greeley / Evans area, Dacono and Milliken, according to the county statement.
The state is monitoring the presence of COVID-19 variants statewide.
The omicron variant has also been identified in Larimer County, according to Weld’s statement. Health officials recognize that variants are common with any virus, and it is not uncommon to see the emergence of new strains.
Early data indicates that omicron may be less severe than the delta variant but more contagious. The rate of positive tests across the county has risen sharply over the past week, from 7.38% on Dec. 19 to 11.14% on Monday.
The county advises using current COVID-19 prevention practices to manage the omicron variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.
While breakthrough infections are likely, current vaccines should protect against serious illness, hospitalizations and death from infection with the omicron variant, according to the CDC.
âThe recent emergence of Omicron further underscores the importance of vaccination and booster shots,â the CDC said on its website.
Masks and tests are other important tools in the fight against the omicron variant, according to the CDC.
For more information on where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Weld, visit bit.ly/GetVaxWeld21.