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Skidmore: New variant already in county

Officials discuss COVID as start of school year looms


Gazette Reporter

COLFAX – Whitman County commissioners discussed concerns over the new BA.5 COVID-19 variant during their meeting Monday, July 18.

Whitman County Public Health Director Chris Skidmore brought commissioners up to speed just as the next school year is on the horizon.

“I am pretty sure it is already here and moving throughout the county,” Skidmore told commissioners. “I think it’s important that we are on the back end of the spike before students come back.”

BA.5 has similar symptoms as previous variants including fever, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, headaches, muscle pain...


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