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A doctor warns of an Omicron spike heading into 2022

Two small bottles and a shot contain the COVID-19 vaccine. They lie on top of a light blue disposable mask, on a blue surface.

An Intermountain Healthcare doctor said the omicron covid-19 variant will become the dominant strain in Utah by 2022. Dr. Brandon Webb said case transmission has risen across the country because this new variant is much easier to spread compared to the delta variant.

Webb said new data shows that potentially 3% to 6% of cases in Utah are now omicron. Meanwhile, he said hospital rates remain high and intensive care units are still full.

Webb urged Utah’s to prepare during the holidays for this new variant. He said it’s important to understand your personal risk and to get vaccinated.

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.