CO COVID: Public health leader says omicron fight is on track

DENVER (KDVRJon Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, the omicron variation appears to have peaked in the state.

Samet’s team is publishing a new model this week, but he thinks that without a new and nasty variation, spring is looking better for the state.

At a press conference Tuesday, Governor Jared Polis said, “The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline modestly.” Polis said at the time there were 1,547 people hospitalized with COVID.

Dr Samet said: “We are at a turning point. “This is good news. I think how quickly things will get better, but we are definitely on the right track and will likely continue to be.”

Samet said Colorado is at a high point in terms of immunity because so many people get sick from omicrons and so many people get vaccinated.

“I think moving to the spring everything will be fine. The wild card here is, is there another variation possible? ” he say.

He believes now is the time to focus on things like improving access to testing, masks and vaccines.

“We’re at the high end of that curve, and we’re starting to go down, but we’re still high, and I think people need to remember that,” he said.

A new subvariable labeled BA.2 was reported in Washington state. Samet said there is very little information available about it at the moment and there is still no way to know if there will be an impact.

https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/colorado-public-health-leader-omicron-fight/ CO COVID: Public health leader says omicron fight is on track

Tom Vazquez

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