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Clemson University detects first cases of omicron variant

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Clemson University announced Monday its first cases of the omicron variant.

The school said in a release that 10 positive COVID-19 samples were detected by the on-campus lab and sent for further sequencing, confirming over the weekend to contain the omicron variant.

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The school confirmed the samples were obtained through community and university testing.

These are the first confirmed cases of the highly infectious variant in the Upstate, according to Premier Medical Laboratory Services, the company that conducted the testing.

The first cases of the omicron variant in South Carolina were detected just last week. See video above.

Clemson officials strongly encouraged anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine and booster to get one, and offered more information about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DHEC.

"Infection rates on campus remained low throughout the Fall semester, and while most students, faculty and staff are (now) away from campus, the University will continue to monitor the community, local, state, and national trends and work with public health experts to determine any required adjustments for return to campus plans for the spring," the release said.

The latest COVID-19 developments, including any updated policies or procedures, will be shared with faculty, staff and students by email, posted on social media and the COVID-19 updates page.


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