Colorado governor explains why he’s not ‘alarmed’ by omicron variant

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“We’re just recovering from the delta variant,” Gov. Jared Polis said.

Despite two cases being detected in his state, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he’s not alarmed by the emergence of the omicron variant.

“We always wish that we had next week’s information this week, next month’s information this month, but we don’t,” Polis told “This Week” with co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday. “I think what we’re all looking for at this point is what characteristics the omicron variant has that are different.”

Polis announced his state’s first case of the omicron variant on Thursday in a person from Arapahoe County who had recently returned from South Africa. She was vaccinated and eligible for a booster.

Experts say that early research shows that omicron is more transmissible, Raddatz pointed out to Polis.

“It’s clearly a very different variant,” Polis said. “It’s different than the whole branch of the viral family that led to the delta area, and as indicated in your introduction, we’re just recovering from a wave of that. There are some states that are going up, ours is going down — has been for a week or two — but we’re just recovering from the delta variant.”

Across the state of Colorado currently, 1,500 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, and 95% of ICU beds are currently in use and many hospital facilities anticipate ICU shortages in the next week according to the Colorado Department of Health.

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