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BA.2 is the dominant coronavirus variant in Idaho but one doctor says vaccines are helping

A close up of a pink Lantana Flower bud with green leaves in the background.
Jim & Robin Kunze
The Lantana Flower can look like the COVID-19 virus at some stages of development.

The BA.2 variant of the omicron strain of the COVID-19 virus has become the dominant strain in more than 60 countries, including the U.S.

Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St Luke's Health System and a current member of the Idaho coronavirus task force, told KTVB-TV this week that BA.2 is the dominant strain on the west coast and in Canada, which is already seeing a surge in coronavirus patients.

More than 4,000 Idahoans have officially tested positive for omicron, including BA.2 and the variant is the dominant strain in Idaho.

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