Health officials tracking ‘stealth omicron,’ though sequencing results are limited

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State health officials are closely tracking the so-called “stealth omicron” sub-variant of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, but a lack of available data is limiting that effort. 

Kelsey Florek, senior genomics and data scientist with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, says this challenge is linked to the decline in cases seen over the past several months. 

“It’s not like a bad thing, right? We’re seeing lower case counts, and because of that, the amount of data that we’re getting is less,” she said today in an interview. “And so our estimates are less precise because of that.” 

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