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Omicron takes off in Colorado as community prepares for impact

DENVER (KDVR) – High transmittance omicron variant spreading rapidly across Colorado, forcing public health officials and hospital staff to plan for what’s to come in the new year.

“We’ve been watching our numbers very closely, and we’re still in that phase of decline or stability. That’s good, although we’re bracing ourselves for the fact that it’s likely to rise again,” said Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention at UCHealth.

There are still questions about how likely vaccinated people are to transmit this strain of the virus, Barron said, but omicrons are spreading faster than anything has been seen before.

“If you compare this strain with the original line, we might have a four to eight times higher risk of transmission or infection,” says Barron.

Cases in mountain resort communities are on the rise. Pitkin County health officials said the number of cases had quadrupled in less than a week, and Eagle County’s seven-day positivity rate was nearly 24% as of Thursday.

Pitkin County mask orders have been in place since the fall. Eagle seeds reinstated my duties this week.

“If we were to try to close like we did in March 2020, I think we would have tarps and torches on our doorstep and I don’t know if it would,” said Eagle County commissioner Matt Scherr. active or not. .

Officials in both Pitkin and Eagle counties said they are actively trying to avoid any form of shutdown.

“I know the next thing we might look at is capacity in the home for what’s going on,” said Tracy Trulove, a spokesperson for the Pitkin County COVID-19 agency. “That’s certainly something to be discussed, but there are some triggers that have to happen for that to happen and we’re not in that place right now.”

Both Eagle and Pitkin County are focused on hospital capacity and keeping employees from getting sick. That will play a key role in shaping future public health orders.

https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/omicron-takes-off-in-colorado-as-communities-brace-for-impact/ Omicron takes off in Colorado as community prepares for impact

JACLYN DIAZ

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