Westchester officials ‘concerned’ with COVID-19 Omicron variant

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Westchester Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler discusses the Omicron variant

WHITE PLAINS – The recently discovered Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has health officials in the Hudson Valley concerned.

It is unknown if it has reached the United States, but local officials want to be prepared.

Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler has a number of worries.

“Our concerns about this particular variant are, is it going to be more transmissible than the Delta variant, which was much more transmissible than the previous variant that came before that,” she said. “A concern is can this new variant evade, escape, the vaccine safety that was provided by the vaccines that most of us have taken, and so, can it cause infection in people who are fully vaccinated?”

Amler said the closest country to the U.S. with confirmed cases is Canada with 15 so American health officials are keeping a close eye on its transmission.