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Omicron variant is in the U.S. Here's what that could mean for Idaho

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St. Luke’s Health System
Doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the country's first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a California patient. The World Health Organization has designated Omicron a variant of concern, stating it poses a very high global risk.

So what does that mean for Idaho? Idaho Matters talks with two local medical experts to answer your COVID-19 questions.

  • Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a current member of the Idaho Coronavirus Task Force
  • Dr. Frank Johnson, the Chief Medical Officer for St. Luke’s Boise, Elmore County and McCall
Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.