Omicron subvariant BA.2 now recorded

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KFQX) — The World Health Organization says the new Omicron strain, BA.2 is just as severe as Omicron’s original strain. The new strain has only been identified in South Africa so far, but as more Americans get tested, more cases could show up.

A sequence of positive COVID-19 tests can then be matched to confirmed cases of omicron BA.2. Mesa County’s COVID-19 dashboard will include the new strain once the state matches cases, Stefany Busch
“To protect yourselves and others against all strains of COVID-19 remain the same as well, you should use a layered approach to protection, get vaccinated and boosted,” Stefany Busch, Mesa County Public Health says.

Until then health officials continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated, “This is the strategy that is going to work to control BA.2 and make it less of a pandemic and more of an endemic disease,” Andy Pekosz, PhD John Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health says.

Mesa County Public Health currently offers vaccinations and testing at Mesa County Fair Grounds.

Source: Grand Junction Local News | Omicron subvariant BA.2 now recorded