Johnson County reports first confirmed case of COVID-19 Omicron variant

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Johnson County health officials announced Wednesday they had identified the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant in the county, a man younger than 30. The county health department said it was working to identify the man's close contacts. Health officials say the best way to prevent severe illness from the disease is vaccination. File photo.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday afternoon reported the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in a county resident.

JCDHE said in a brief statement that officials were “working to investigate the case,” which occurred in a man younger than 30.