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Omicron variant found in Nevada; officials report uptick in COVID cases

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Posted at 8:38 PM, Dec 19, 2021

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada health officials have confirmed the state's second confirmed case of the coronavirus caused by the omicron variant, this time in a rural county.

According to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, the second case was found in Churchill County in northern Nevada and involved an unvaccinated woman in her mid-40s. Officials said Friday the case was under investigation.

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The first case was a woman in her mid-20s who tested positive for the variant in Clark County in southern Nevada. Health officials said that woman was vaccinated but had not received a booster dose. The woman had traveled out of the country and, upon returning, had symptoms.

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Monday, local officials are reporting a rise in COVID cases in Nevada as omicron and delta variants continue to spread worldwide.

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