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Pitkin County medical officer talks COVID-19 and BA.2 variant more than two years into pandemic

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Caroline Llanes
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Aspen Public Radio
Dr. Kim Levin says Aspen Valley Hospital is in a comfortable position to handle COVID-19 cases.

Colorado, including Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, has seen more than two years of COVID-19. Statewide, hospitalizations are at an all-time low, but public health experts are warning residents about the presence of BA.2, a new subvariant of omicron, which caused a surge in hospitalizations in the region.

Reporter Caroline Llanes spoke with Dr. Kim Levin, Pitkin County's medical officer, about what the new subvariant means and what residents of the valley should be aware of in the coming weeks and months.

Levin says Roaring Fork Valley residents should still continue getting tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms.

"It really helps out with knowing the numbers and understanding how the pandemic is affecting us locally," she said. "It's really important for everyone to know whether you have COVID or not. There's other bugs still around. So please get tested. There's free testing sites throughout the valley."

Anyone who wants to be tested can find locations on Pitkin County's COVID-19 website, where they can also get updated information on the virus.