New Johnson County COVID-19 cases remain high, ‘watchful waiting’ on Omicron continues

COVID-19 Omicron

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment data show spread of COVID-19 is reaching heights last seen in August during a Delta-fueled spike in cases. JCDHE continues to encourage people to get vaccinated, wear a mask, frequently wash hands and stay home when sick. Above, a COVID-19 vaccine is being administered. File photo.

New COVID-19 cases in Johnson County remain elevated following the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, and local health authorities say they are warily eyeing developments about the increasing spread the new Omicron variant, an official case of which has yet to be identified in the U.S.

After seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases ahead of Thanksgiving last week, the county’s metrics for measuring COVID-19 transmission have remained high.