Officers with the Colorado Division of Well being and Atmosphere spoke about efforts being taken to organize for the newly-discovered COVID-19 omicron variant.
DENVER — Officers with the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere (CDPHE) gave an replace on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, together with particulars on monitoring for the newly-discovered omicron variant.
Audio system included the next:
- Rachel Herlihy, CDPHE state epidemiologist
- Rachel Jervis, CDPHE epidemiologist
- Emily Travanty, CDPHE state lab director
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CDPHE stated it’s monitoring for the omicron variant and is in touch with the White Home, Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, and the Affiliation of State and Territorial Well being Officers.
There are at the moment no confirmed instances in Colorado, and CDPHE stated it has the mechanisms in place to detect the variant.
That features state, non-public and industrial labs conducting genome sequencing on samplings of checks.
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The state can also be main a wastewater monitoring collaboration with utilities to observe ranges of COVID-19 particles in wastewater, and on the lookout for genetic markers which might be according to the presence of COVID-19 variants, together with omicron.
“Pandemics aren’t simple. The virus is difficult and making an attempt to outlive us at each flip, however we all know what to do to assist cease it,” stated Dr. Eric France, CDPHE chief medical officer. “We want everybody to do what they’ve carried out previously and proceed to take precautions. Defending your self towards different variants, just like the delta variant, in addition to the flu, will assist us be prepared for if/when the omicron variant arrives right here.”
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