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COVID-19 Omicron Variant Confirmed in Colorado

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“Last Thing that We Want is Another Wave,” Governor Says

Last week, a second case of the omicron COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Colorado. A person in Boulder County with recent travel history to South Africa was tested positive for the variant, health officials said. The first person tested positive with omicron was from Arapahoe County that had recently traveled to South African for tourism as well. Individuals are currently isolating and are working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to notify their close contacts.

The omicron variant of the coronavirus is emerging in Colorado as the holiday season kicks into gear, threatening to cancel many plans for this year. It is a new variant that was first detected in November in South Africa, and state health officials want to restate that all Coloradans ages 5 and more should get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Despite two cases being detected in Colorado, the governor Jared Polis reiterated that he is not yet alarmed by the emergence of the omicron variant in the state. “We always with that we had next week’s information this week, next month’s information this month, but we don’t,” he said on Sunday. “It’s clearly a very different variant. It is different than the whole branch of the viral family that led to the delta area, and we are just recovering from a wave of that. There are some states that are going up, ours is going down – has been for a week or two – but we are just recovering from the delta variant.”

“The last thing that we want is another wave,” Polis said. “Now, again, I think what we are all waiting to see is how virulent the omicron variant is, how effectively it can break through prior immunization and how contagious it is, and those three factors will really determine the spread of the virus.”

Across the state of Colorado, just under 1,400 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 95% of ICU beds are currently in use and many hospital facilities anticipate ICU shortages in the next week according to the Colorado Department of Health. 

“So we just have slightly over 200 vaccinated Coloradans hospitalized. And then we have the 1,100 people that are unvaccinated,” Polis emphasized, noting that those numbers show “the tremendous efficacy of the vaccine and keeping Coloradans out of the hospital.”

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Rachel Y cho
Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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