Omicron COVID-19 variant surfaces in Lewis and Clark and area counties

Phil Drake

Lewis and Clark Public Health on Monday reported two cases of COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant in the county, marking the first known cases of this new variant in the community.

The county health department said on its Facebook page it had no more information regarding these cases at this time.

The Jefferson County Health Department said on its Facebook page Dec. 31 that it had been notified by Montana Department of Public Health and Human Service (DPHHS) of two COVID-19 omicron cases.

The state said Monday that 49 more cases of the omicron variant have been reported since the last weekly epidemiological update on Dec. 29. This brings the statewide total to 64 cases of the omicron variant in 17 counties: Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Chouteau, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Glacier, Hill, Jefferson, Mineral, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Silver Bow, Teton and Yellowstone. 

On Dec. 20, Montana became the 46th state with a confirmed omicron case, DPHHS officials said. Powell and Cascade counties did not return telephone calls asking for the number of omicron cases in their counties.

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