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One Case Of Omicron COVID Variant Found In West Virginia

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

West Virginia officials announced Thursday morning that one case of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has been found in the state.

State coronavirus “czar” Dr. Clay Marsh made that announcement during Gov. Jim Justice’s Thursday COVID briefing. Marsh said he had just learned of that discovery from the Centers for Disease Control and wanted to inform the public immediately.

“We know that omicron has been here and is starting to grow in West Virginia as in other places,” Marsh said.

The omicron variant, first detected in Botswana and South Africa in November, has now been detected in 37 states in the U.S. according to CDC data. Studies have shown that this variant could be faster spreading, but most infections have been less severe.

“It’s not good news, but we knew it was coming, did we not?” Justice said.

Return to theintelligencer.net for more on this developing story.

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