Wastewater surveillance program expected to detect Omicron spread in communities

Scientists in Oregon are searching for the Omicron variant somewhere you may not expect. In collaboration with Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Health Authority’s wastewater surveillance program monitors sewage for variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The program launched in September 2020 tests wastewater for COVID-19 in more than 40 communities throughout the state, covering more than 60 percent of Oregon’s population. All positive wastewater samples are sequenced to determine trends (increasing, decreasing, plateau) and which variants are circulating in communities. 

Pláticas de Salud – La nueva variante Ómicron

Nuestra prioridad es proporcionar información y recursos de salud relevantes sobre el COVID-19 y las vacunas para los habitantes de Oregon. En colaboración con Mano a Mano, cada semana hacemos una grabación con la participación de nuestros Asesores de Salud y Coordinadores de Alcance Regional del Programa de Alcance para Socios Comunitarios en el que abordamos preguntas y respuestas frecuentes de la comunidad sobre el COVID-19.

Public health officials monitor Omicron and are prepared to respond

There is still much to learn about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. We do know that viruses mutate or change constantly. To help you better understand how Oregon is monitoring this new variant and for a broad look at where we are now, we turned to Dr. Thomas Jeanne, deputy state health officer and deputy state epidemiologist, and Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Aún se desconoce mucho sobre la variante Omicron. Esto es lo que sabemos hoy.

La noticia de la aparición de la variante Omicron en varios países y la incertidumbre podría causar ansiedad o preocupación a muchas personas. La noticia se suma a la fatiga pandémica, a medida que continúan los casos, las hospitalizaciones y las muertes, y mientras continuamos lidiando con casi dos años de interrupciones en nuestra vida […]

Much still unknown about the Omicron variant. Here’s what we know today.

The news of the Omicron variant emerging in several countries may cause many people anxiety about the unknown. The news comes on top of pandemic fatigue, as cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue, and as we continue to deal with nearly two year’s worth of disruptions to our daily lives.