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State medical officer: COVID cases rising rapidly


Last updated 1/12/2022 at 11:18am

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A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sits on a table at a vaccination clinic in Havre's Holiday Village Mall last year. With a surge in new COVID cases hitting the state and more expected to come as the omicron variant spreads, medical professionals are urging everyone to get vaccinated and to get booster shots if they have not.

Acting State Medical Officer Dr. Maggie Cook-Shimanek said Tuesday that COVID-19 cases in the state are rising rapidly with more than 6,300 reported cases during the week ending Jan. 7, an increase of 136 percent from the previous week.

Cook-Shimanek made the comment during a press conference sponsored by the Montana Medical Association with medical professionals from around the state discussing the impending omicron variant-driven surge in Montana, providing updates on the state's COVID-19 trends and what to expect in the near future.

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