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19 U.S. states now have detected the omicron COVID-19 variant

Added 12-07-21 04:07:01pm EST - “States that have detected the variant range from Hawaii to Massachusetts. The reports are part of a new surge in COVID-19 cases.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “19 U.S. states now have detected the omicron COVID-19 variant”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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An international passenger arrives near a new rapid COVID-19 testing site for arriving international passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday in Los Angeles.

The fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus has now been reported in 50 countries and 19 states, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She added, "we expect that number to continue to increase."

States that have detected the variant range from Hawaii to Texas to Massachusetts. The reports are part of a new surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. that now tops 100,000 cases per day.

While officials and researchers are concerned about the transmissibility of the omicron variant, they also say it's too early to know what toll it might take in the U.S.

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