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CLEVELAND (WJW) — The COVID-19 omicron variant is being reported in Northeast Ohio for the first time, the Cleveland Clinic confirmed Monday afternoon.
“Cleveland Clinic has detected the Omicron variant in our laboratory,” the hospital said in a statement to FOX 8. “We routinely sequence positive specimens each week and share that information with the Ohio Department of Health. This sampling of positive specimens enables us to identify and track SARS-CoV-2 variants that are circulating in the community.”
The first cases of the relatively new variant were reported in Ohio Saturday, but in the central part of the state. Since being detected in South Africa last month, the variant has quickly spread around the globe, but had not yet been reported in Northeast Ohio.
The Cleveland Clinic continues to urge all community members to get vaccinated against coronavirus, including getting the booster shot.
“[The vaccine] continues to be the best protection against severe illness and death from COVID-19,” the clinic said in a statement.
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New aerial footage from Monday shows massive damage in the Kentucky city of 10,000.
CLEVELAND (WJW)– The 0% interest period and repayment pause for federal student loans will end on Jan. 31.
Not everyone’s payment is due on Jan. 31. You’ll get a billing statement or other notice at least 21 days before the payment is due.
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Forty-five members of the Ohio Task Force One USAR team arrived in Graves County Kentucky early Monday and very quickly thereafter they were given their first assignment doing what they call “wide area searching.”