‘We still must be vigilant’: Lamont addresses emergence of new COVID variant


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Gov. Ned Lamont released a statement Sunday addressing the emergence of the omicron COVID-19 variant. He is encouraging everyone to continue to remain vigilant against virus spread, especially now that the holiday season is upon us.

Lamont said his administration and health officials in the state are monitoring the new variant of concern identified by the World Health Organization on Friday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s only a matter of time before it shows up in the United States.

“The question is, will we be prepared for it? It has a bunch of mutations including a disturbingly large number of mutations in the spike protein, which is the business end of the virus,” Fauci said.

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“While there have been no cases of the omicron variant reported here in Connecticut or the United States to date, we still must be vigilant,” Lamont said. “Given the number of countries where omicron has already been detected, it may already be present in the U.S. The best defense against COVID-19 is a good offense.”

The governor continued his call for everyone who can get vaccinated to do so, get a booster shot, continue to mask while indoor public places, practice proper hand hygiene, get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick or may have been exposed, and stay home if they feel sick.

“It is particularly important to take extra precautions when visiting with older or immune-compromised friends or family who are at higher risk from COVID,” Lamont said.

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