omicron variant

A crew of 10 National Guard members is expected to begin operating the Harborview Medical Center COVID-19 testing site this weekend.
January 21, 2022

Ten National Guard members are training to begin staffing Harborview Medical Center's existing COVID-19 testing site this weekend.

UW Medicine is responding to the impact of the fast-spreading omicron variant by establishing capacity and staffing strategies to ensure high-quality care to all patients.
January 14, 2022

UW Medicine on Jan. 14 reached a record high of COVID-19 inpatients, 194, across its hospitals. The highly transmissible omicron variant is putting a significant strain on health systems nationally. 

Also spreading is renewed confusion over best masking tactics to combat omicron. Dr. John Lynch, medical director of infection prevention and control at Harborview Medical Center, says enhancing your current masking practices is a great first move.
January 13, 2022

The omicron variant is pummeling Washington state and has also brought an influx of patients to hospitals nationwide. UW Medicine hospitals have reached a record high of 188 COVID patients as of today, Jan. 13.

According to UW School of Medicine professor Anna Wald, the omicron variant appears to pose an increased chance of infection to people who are boosted, but booster shots still provide vast protection against serious illness or death from the COVID-19 mutation.
January 11, 2022

Data from around the world demonstrate that our COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are up to the test of all known variants of coronavirus, according to an editorial published Jan.

December 27, 2021

Findings could lead to the development of more effective vaccines and antibody treatments for COVID-19 variants.

Demand for COVID-19 PCR tests through UW Medicine is rising amid the spread of the omicron variant and ahead of many holiday gatherings.
December 23, 2021

Omicron has become the dominant strain of COVID-19 throughout King County, according to Harborview Medical Center's medical director for infection prevention and control, Dr.

Genomic sequencing is performed on positive COVID-19 test samples in the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory.
December 1, 2021

Researchers at UW Medicine’s Virology Laboratory think the omicron variant of COVID-19 will inevitably be detected locally.

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