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New Mexico braces for Omicron case spike

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State health officials are planning to hold a COVID-19 update on Wednesday. The last update statewide was just before Christmas. Health officials told KOB on Monday that Omicrons have increased significantly in the state.

These variants are very contagious. Before long, Omicron had virtually taken over the country. According to the CDC, currently dominant variant in the United States.

“It seems to be spreading rapidly. It seems to be very contagious, very contagious,” said Dr. Christine Ross, State Epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health. “We haven’t seen this before where the growth advantage of this variant is quite prominent.”

State health officials warn that the Omicron variant will be closely monitored.

“The data we have shows that vaccines are still effective in preventing serious illness and death,” said Ross.

But health officials say learning to live with the virus is on the cards. That also comes with New isolation guidelines from CDC.

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, the new recommendation is to isolate for only 5 days. Then, if you are symptom-free or your symptoms are improving, simply cover your face for those around you.

Health officials said they plan to implement that new CDC guidance in the next few days.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/new-mexico-braces-for-surge-of-omicron-cases/6348351/?cat=500 New Mexico braces for Omicron case spike

Yasmin Harisha

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