During the Thursday coronavirus briefing, West Virginia officials announced the Omicron variant has been detected in the state.
West Virginia got the verification from the Centers for Disease Control surveillance. There is currently only one single case.
West Virginia has not released which county the variant was found in because that data is not available at this time.
“We know that the Omicron variant has been here, and now it’s starting to grow in West Virginia like other places,” said State Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh. “We have never experienced a form of COVID-19 that can spread as rapidly as the Omicron variant, and the Omicron variant is a bit different than Delta in that it appears to be about twice as infectious inside of families and about three times as infectious overall. It also seems to be able to infect people who have been either previously infected with another form of COVID-19 or people that have been vaccinated but not boosted.”
“The truth is that we need to pay particular attention because the Omicron variant is a worse form of COVID-19 than we’ve seen before related to its ability to spread person to person,” Dr. Marsh continued. “Given our vulnerable population and given what’s going on around the rest of the country, we are in the bullseye, right now, of a very, very large storm that could be coming right at us and at our hospitals and our communities and our citizens.”
2.9 percent of all coronavirus cases in the United States are of the Omicron variant, said Dr. Clay Marsh.
Dr. Marsh also said the Omicron variant is three times more infectious then the Delta varient
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