Listen Live

COVID Omicron Variant Detected in Missouri Lakes Region

The highly contagious omicron coronavirus variant has spread across much of Missouri, wastewater testing data released Friday shows.

The variant has now been detected at low levels in 15 of the 63 test locations with Branson being one of those locations according Jeff Wenzel, who oversees the wastewater surveillance program for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services tells the Associated Press.

He said the latest data shows the results of genetic sequencing conducted on samples that were collected the week of Dec. 13. Samples collected just one week earlier detected the variant in just two treatment facilities, one in St. Joseph and the other in the Kansas City area.

Wenzel said that for now delta remains the dominant strain, but the future is unclear.

(From KTLO/Associated Press)

More from Local News

  • Mike Huckabee to moderate C of O annual Spring Forum on April 4, discussion on Israel by Dr. Jim Denison

    POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host the annual Spring Forum, with a discussion on Israel by Dr. Jim Denison and moderated by Mike Huckabee, on April 4. The following day, on April 5, the College will open a rare exhibit of biblical artifacts, INSPIRED Exhibit, that will showcase the history of the Bible and enhance the Forum’s emphasis on Israel.

  • Silver Dollar City to Celebrate Grand Opening of Record-Breaking Indoor Family Coaster on March 30

    (Branson, Mo., 3/1/2024) Sound the alarm! The wait is over. Silver Dollar City announces the Grand Opening Celebration for the all-new Fire In The Hole on Saturday, March 30 at 9:45 a.m. The record-breaking, indoor family coaster—the largest in the Heartland—will make a ceremonial trip down the tracks following a ribbon cutting and welcome from Mayor Brad Thomas. The fire-themed festivities also include live performances by The City’s resident firefighting band and a commemorative sticker for all “First Recruit” riders.

  • Trout Season Opens at Missouri State Parks

    One of the biggest days for tourism in Missouri is underway with the opening of the Catch and Keep Trout Season at the Trout Parks.

  • Caucuses and Elections

    Voters in both Arkansas and Missouri have opportunities to cast a ballot and have their say on who their party’s nominees will be for President and other offices. 

Listen Live to Our Family of Stations

     

Ways To Listen

Upcoming Show Schedules