Statement by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on the Arrival of the Omicron Variant in Monroe County

December 22nd, 2021

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Today, the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected in Monroe County by researchers at UR Medicine Labs laboratory. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released on Monday showed that Omicron likely accounts for as many as 73% of all current COVID cases nationally — it was simply a matter of time before the Omicron variant arrived in Monroe County.

These results underscore the need for residents to keep following common sense guidelines throughout the holiday season to protect themselves and their loved ones. Vaccination remains our top protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID, and boosters are especially important to help protect against Omicron. We continue to encourage people to Vax-Boost-Mask when in indoor public spaces and get a COVID-19 test if symptoms develop. Even if you are vaccinated, masking is the most effective way of limiting infections, particularly over the holiday season. In addition, we encourage people to: