Lincoln health department monitoring new Covid variant

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is currently monitoring the newest Covid-19 variant XBB. 1.5. The health department says it has made its way to Nebraska and the variant is more contagious than previous strains.

The bivalent boosters, boosters that protect against the original Covid strain and strains from the Omicron variant do offer some protection against the latest XBB.1.5 variant.

Currently, the Covid 19 risk dial is at yellow, the color used to display moderate risk levels within the community.

As of last week, Covid cases dropped from 271 to 208 and hospitalizations decreased from 55 to 42.

LLCHD reminds people that the Center for Disease Control has recently approved boosters for children under 5 years old.

Children under 5 can get their booster at the Health Department located at 3131 “O” St.

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