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New BA.5 variant causing most COVID cases now, including reinfections

by Kate Shunney

Most new COVID-19 cases nationwide are tied to the newest BA.5 variant of the virus, according to CDC officials.

Washington County reported 55 new cases of COVID on Friday, July 22.

The BA dominant strain of COVID-19 is what public health workers are calling “highly transmissible” and just different enough from other viral strains that it can slip past immunity from vaccination and previous infections.

In other words, the BA.5 variant is getting around quickly, and . . .