O'NEILL, Neb. -- One of the newest variants of the COVID-19 virus has arrived in northern Nebraska.
The North Central District Health Department has been notified that the Delta Variant, identified as a "variant of concern", has infected someone living in the district. A total of 32 cases of the variant have been identified statewide.
The particular variant is noted for its ability to spread easily, and because it has shown some resistance to some COVID-19 antibody treatments. It also has an increased ability to cause illness, even among some people who have been fully vaccinated.
NCDHD said that even though the Delta Variant was first identified in India, the case is not related to travel. NCDHD advised maintaining many of the behaviors common during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, including wearing masks, maintaining six feet of distance, washing hands well and often, and getting fully vaccinated.
The North Central District stretches across much of the Nebraska-South Dakota border, ranging as far west as Cherry County and as far east as Pierce County.