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Houston doctors not seeing rise in BA.2 COVID cases

COVID-19 cases are as low as they’ve ever been in Houston. There’s no sign of an increase yet in the city’s wastewater.

HOUSTON — Federal health officials are closely watching the BA.2 variant of COVID-19, which now makes up half of the new cases in the Northeast.

But in Houston, COVID-19 cases are as low as they’ve ever been. There’s no sign of an increase yet in the city’s wastewater.

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Dr. Wesley Long at Houston Methodist says the BA.2 variant has been in the area for a while at very low levels.

“Right now, we’re not seeing a lot of BA.2 in Houston. We’re seeing 1% to 2% of cases of COVID are BA.2, and that’s been fairly constant over the last few weeks really,” said Long.

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He says the BA.2 omicron variant is extremely contagious, so it may make up a higher portion of cases in Houston soon, but that doesn’t mean the overall number of cases will rise.

Dr. Long says the spread of COVID-19 seems to vary a lot by region lately. The low amount of BA.2 locally is an example of that.

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