Health officials urge community to get analyzed right after holiday seasons

“All the essential mitigation efforts that we utilized or that we are having exhausted of utilizing, are additional vital than ever,” claimed Dr. Madeleine Gagnon.

ST PAUL, Minn. — As Minnesotans head again home right after celebrating the holiday seasons with household and close friends, neighborhood health professionals are urging folks to get tested – with cases of COVID-19 possible to preserve surging as the omicron variant continues to spread speedily throughout the world.

“All the simple mitigation attempts that we utilized or that we are getting tired of applying, are much more essential than ever,” explained Dr. Madeleine Gagnon, Vice Main of Workers at Gillette Kid’s Specialty Health care.

Dr. Gagnon claims, not like other variants, omicron is extremely contagious. “It can go and distribute amongst two men and women with good ease,” she mentioned.

Whilst health and fitness officials say omicron appears to outcome in mild illness that can resemble the common cold, the new variant has currently pushed day-to-day coronavirus scenario counts better than the peak of the new delta wave.

As of Thursday, the U.S. experienced documented more than 51 million complete COVID-19 cases, in accordance to the CDC. Dr. Gagnon states it is crucial for individuals coming back again from holiday gatherings or preparing to celebrate, to be proactive when it arrives to their overall health and the COVID-19 virus. 

“Who have you found in the last 48 several hours, and any one who you have seen, are they starting to be symptomatic,” she reported. “If you are not emotion nicely or you had a significant danger publicity, the folks that you have been remaining with for the holiday seasons, they are all sick with COVID-19, then you would want to continue to be dwelling you and get analyzed,” mentioned Dr. Gagnon.

As the world wide pandemic continues to overwhelm location hospitals, Dr. Gagnon urges the public to exercise safe mitigation efforts to assistance prevent the distribute. 

“Concentrate on what we can management and each one particular of us can manage our have actions,” stated Dr. Gagnon. 

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, adhere to these recommendations and testing, according to the Minnesota Division of Wellness. 

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Minnesota features free PCR or swift testing at far more than 20 neighborhood sites statewide. Success from lots of house take a look at kits return in as promptly as 20 minutes. 

The vaccine clinics at Mall of America and MSP Airport are accepting appointments or stroll-ins & supplying boosters. The MOA clinic is shut Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The MSP clinics are closed Jan 1. 

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