Friday Nurse Notes

November 4, 2022

To Pitzer Staff:

Good afternoon Pitzer Community,

I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather and had a wonderful Halloween! Today I am going to talk about the emergence of a new subvariant of Omicron in the New York metropolitan area, and what that means for us.

Omicron Variant      

  • There is a new subvariant of Omicron, BQ.1, emerging in the New York metropolitan area
  • This is making up 11-12% of Covid cases in that area, with BA.5 making up 65%.
  • With the data we have, there is no significant clinical differences in the variants other than increased infection rate

What Does This Mean for Us?

  • As winter approaches, it’s hard to predict whether there will be a new wave of COVID-19 cases in California; however, we should still think about protective measures we can take
  • As we gather for indoor winter activities and holidays, consider testing yourself for covid before attending and staying home if you are sick
  • Take protective measures such as receiving the updated booster if you are eligible; the updated booster offers protection against the omicron variant of covid

The Pitzer COVID Dashboard reports weekly cases on campus pending results from the lab.

Thank you for your continued efforts, and for being mindful of other. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to reach out to me!

Best Regards, 

Nurse Zephyr