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Tippecanoe Co. Health Officials discuss Omicron variant

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The COVID-19 Omicron variant has not officially been detected in Tippecanoe County yet, but that hasn't stopped the Tippecanoe County Health Department from worrying about it.

As we've reported, the Omicron variant has been detected in the state.  TCHD Executive Assistant, Amanda Balser said symptoms seem to be less severe.

Right now they're seeing different symptoms with the most recent wave of COVID cases.  They include more patients with sore throats, diarrhea and vomiting.  Balser said people should take the Omicron variant just as seriously as other variants.

"I don't think we've seen enough with the Omicron variant yet to know exactly what the death toll is going to be, but just like with every other variant, we have to be just as safe," said Balser.

Balser advised that it's best to avoid holiday gatherings if you are experiencing any symptoms. 

"If you have any symptoms at all, stay home.  Don't infect loved ones.  Don't infect your friends at holiday parties," she said.

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