A projected surge from the omicron variant of COVID-19 represents “dire” news for Oregon hospitals, patients and health care workers.
Researchers at OHSU emphasize the importance of booster shots to fight the new variant.
While all three cases were found in fully vaccinated Oregonians, research suggests booster shots may be particularly important.
Scientists know little about Omicron but they expect it to emerge in Oregon this week.
Researchers at Oregon State University are analyzing wastewater for omicron, while a team at Oregon Health and Science University are searching for the virus in nasal swabs.
A team at Oregon Health & Science University is looking for evidence of the new variant in the state.
With scientists still gathering information about omicron, authorities say the main way to prepare is to get vaccinated for COVID-19.