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This undated electron microscope image made available by the United States National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the United States (NIAID-RML via AP)

West Virginia officials announced Thursday morning that a case of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has been found in the state.

The state’s coronavirus ‘czar’, Dr Clay Marsh, made the announcement during Governor Jim Justice’s COVID briefing on Thursday. Marsh said he had just learned of the discovery from the Centers for Disease Control and wanted to inform the public immediately.

“We know that omicron has been here and is starting to grow in West Virginia like other places,” Marsh said.

The omicron variant, first detected in Botswana and South Africa in November, has now been detected in 37 US states according to CDC data. Studies have shown that this variant could spread faster, but most infections were less severe.

“It’s not good news, but we knew it was going to happen, didn’t we?” Said justice.

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