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Omicron-driven COVID-19 surge hits Eagle County

Omicron-driven COVID-19 surge hits Eagle County

Vail Well being’s chief inhabitants well being officer says, greater than ever, residents must prioritize general well being

VAIL, Colo. — The most recent COVID-19 variant is spreading quick in Eagle County, but it surely’s too early to inform simply what meaning for residents and guests. The principle takeaway, in accordance with Vail Well being’s chief inhabitants well being officer, is that we’ve got to be taught to dwell with the virus and use each device at our disposal to take action.

Vail Well being’s Chris Lindley mentioned new instances have elevated dramatically prior to now few weeks, and that “there’s little doubt” that the recently-discovered omicron variant is driving the surge.

“It’s completely driving it, as a result of the speedy improve in acceleration is like nothing we’ve got ever seen, actually,” Lindley mentioned.

Eagle County and Vail Well being’s testing exhibits solely whether or not a person is optimistic or damaging for the virus. Samples are despatched to a state lab for testing to find out what virus variant resulted in a optimistic take a look at. There’s a roughly four-week lag time between sending a pattern and outcomes, Lindley mentioned.

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However, he added, primarily based on the rise in optimistic checks, it’s clear the omicron variant is inflicting the exponential progress of recent instances. That features extra “breakthrough” instances for many who have been vaccinated than Vail Well being has ever seen throughout its valley-wide well being care system, Lindley mentioned. 

The omicron variant appears to have supplanted the delta variant that crept the world over earlier this yr.

Learn the total article within the Vail Day by day. 

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