Highly Contagious Variant Drives 92% of NY Area Cases; Manhattan Transmission Rate Nearly 2x City Average

What to KnowAccording to the CDC, omicron variant, BA.2, now accounts for 84% of COVID circulating in the New York area right now, up from 39% two weeks ago. It’s also now the dominant U.S. strain (72.2%)New York City’s daily case average, meanwhile, is up 39% over the rolling average for the prior four weeks, but COVID hospitalizations and deaths remain on a steady decline as the recovery continuesStill, the latest case increases are a fraction of what they were during omicron’s ascendance and peak in January, which is why officials urge context when assessing the numbers; testing is also slightly up again

The so-called “stealth” omicron variant

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