The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed that the first case of Omicron has been detected in Marion County.
Health officials said the patient was an unvaccinated resident of Marion County.
DHHR did not provide any further information on this matter.
âWe know the Omicron variant has been here, and now it’s starting to grow in West Virginia like other places,â said Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s coronavirus czar. “We’ve never experienced a form of COVID-19 that can spread as quickly as the Omicron variant, and the Omicron variant is a little different from Delta in that it appears to be about twice as infectious on the inside. families and about three times more infectious overall. It also appears to be able to infect people who have already been infected with another form of COVID-19 or people who have been vaccinated but not boosted. “
âThe truth is, we need to pay special attention because the Omicron variant is a worse form of COVID-19 than we’ve seen before due to its ability to spread from person to person,â continued Dr Marsh. “Given our vulnerable population and given what is happening in the rest of the country, we are right now on target for a very, very big storm that could hit us, our hospitals, our communities and our communities. citizens. . “
2.9% of all coronavirus cases in the United States are of the Omicron variant, said Dr Clay Marsh.
Dr Marsh also said that the Omicron variant is three times more infectious than the Delta variant.