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County announces June 23 virtual community briefing on COVID-19 status – Los Alamos Reporter

COUNTY NEWS RELEASE

Los Alamos County is experiencing a surge of infections from the highly transmissible variants of COVID-19 Omicron. As of June 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) measured the impact of the disease in Los Alamos County as “medium,” although barely.

Los Alamos County officials have announced they will hold a virtual briefing regarding the community’s COVID-19 status on Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. with representatives from the county, Los Alamos Public Schools and retired epidemiologist William Athas, PhD. Members of the public can join using the following Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86100315742. After a brief introduction, representatives of the meeting will answer questions from the audience.

The latest county-specific data that was used by the CDC to arrive at the community-level designation is discussed in the county’s COVID-19 information bulletin by Athas. He states that “the current wave of Omicron may not necessarily have peaked in the county and that further short-term increases in cases may occur,” as nearly six months have passed since the surge in January’s Omicron, and “waning immunity in vaccinated or previously infected county residents”. may continue to provide a reservoir of population susceptibility for immuno-evasive BA.4/BA.5 variants. To read this issue and subscribe to future issues, visit https://lacnm.com/subscribe.

Los Alamos County officials continue to encourage individuals to use tools to protect against COVID-19: face masks (N95 and KN95) and social distancing, testing, vaccines and boosters, and treatments. Visit the following websites for more information:

Los Alamos County website at https://lacnm.com/COVID for information on vaccines and community testing; the CDC website for suggestions for protection against COVID-19 at different community levels; and the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://cv.nmhealth.org for additional information on vaccines/booster, testing, and treatment throughout New Mexico.