During the past few weeks, we have noted a rapid increase in COVID-19 test positivity in our community—now at 30%—and a gradually increasing inpatient census.
Furthermore, the current COVID-19 variants, namely BA.2.12 and BA.4/BA.5, are much more transmissible than past variants. These variants now constitute 60% and 21%, respectively, among samples tested at UTMB. In addition, these variants can escape the
immunity from past COVID-19 infection or vaccination. Although the overall severity of infection due to these variants remains low, they still cause significant morbidity and absenteeism from work.
As a result of these recent developments, changes in COVID-19 testing policies are being made...
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