COVID 19 Omicron Variant now Found in 17 Montana Counties

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has reported to KGVO News that the COVID-19 Omicron Variant is spreading throughout the state.

Communicable Disease Epidemiology Supervisor for Montana Magdalena Scott provided details on Monday afternoon.

“Omicron is here, and we are detecting it in 17 different counties now,” said Scott. “And we expect that number to increase. We have seen an increase in cases in the last week. So things had kind of started to settle down through November and into December. We were averaging a little over 1,000 cases per week until that last week of December, however last week, we added over 2,400 cases in just one week.”

Scott said the Omicron is gaining, but there are still many new Delta variant cases still being reported.

“We are seeing some Delta cases as well in the sequencing that we’re doing so it’s not all Omicron yet but every day the state public health lab is testing positive stuff and we’re just starting to see more and more Omicron as it looks like it’s beginning to take over,” she said.

One hopeful sign is the introduction of oral medications, however, Scott said they are not widely available throughput the state, and specifically,

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