What Wilmington residents should know about the newest COVID variant

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As the newest variant of the coronavirus spreads quickly across the world, local health officials said while it’s important to be aware, the latest strain is not necessarily something to worry about here in the Cape Fear region.

For a large part of the population, the new omicron BA.2 variant won’t be a concern because so many people have immunity either naturally from the surge of the omicron BA.1 variant or from the many COVID-19 vaccines available.

“I would tell people to be aware, not to be afraid,” said New Hanover County Assistant Health Director Carla Turner.

While BA.2 has been tracked in North Carolina, it’s unclear if it’s reached the Wilmington-area, health officials say. The subvariant of omicron is now considered the dominant strain, accounting for more than half of new cases in the US over the last several days.

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