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Larimer County Health Officials are notifying the community that nine cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Larimer County have recently been detected. Cases range in age from 18 to 57 years old. 

CDPHE monitors for the presence of variants in Colorado and conducts genetic sequencing of test samples that are positive for SARS-CoV-2 from around the state. Colorado’s current variant data can be found at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data.

Last week, LCDHE reported that the omicron variant was detected in wastewater throughout the county. This, along with positive cases, indicates that the omicron variant is spreading in Larimer County.

“Variants are common with any virus, so it is not unexpected to see the emergence of this new strain. While scientists are still learning about omicron, what we do know is that continued measures like vaccination and boosters, mask-wearing in public, and avoiding large indoor gatherings will continue to be key strategies for preventing the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Paul Mayer, LCDHE Medical Director. 

Scientists are still learning about the omicron variant, however it is clear that it has a significantly greater ability to transmit from person to person than previous variants. LCDHE reminds residents that vaccination and booster doses against COVID-19 remains the most important step that individuals can take for their own health and the health of their community. Vaccinated and boosted individuals who do get the virus are best equipped to avoid the worst outcomes, including severe illness, hospitalization and death.

Health officials remind residents to get tested right away if they have symptoms. They also recommend rapid testing, even without symptoms, just before gathering with others. Anyone who tests positive should isolate themselves away from others right away. Rapid tests can be purchased locally in drugstores and Colorado provides no cost rapid tests that can be shipped straight to someone’s home. For more information about the at-home testing program please visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home

There are free drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Larimer County, with results returned in 2-3 days: 

  • Foundations Church, 1380 N. Denver Ave, Loveland, open 8:00-6:00 M-F 
  • Timberline Church, 2908 S Timberline Rd, Fort Collins, open 8:00-6:00 M-F 
  • Estes Park Event Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, open 8:00-5:00 M-F

The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment has web pages dedicated to helping residents find information about COVID-19, including vaccination, testing, and accessing COVID-19 treatments at www.larimer.gov/covid19. Individuals may also call LCDHE at 970-498-5500 for assistance. Phone assistance is available in English and Spanish. 

 

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Published on: 
Monday, December 27, 2021 - 10:02am
Contact Details:

Kori Wilford
Kwilford@larimer.org
970-222-2847

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