CHEHALIS – Lewis County Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Steve Krager reported to the county Board of Health Monday that both coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to decline in the county. What’s concerning though, mostly by what’s still unknown, is coronavirus variants. Dr. Krager says, “We get concerned when we see variants that infect people efficiently, if they copy themselves faster inside the body that could lead to more severe disease.  (Variants) are 30% of the coronavirus cases in Washington State.” The health officer affirmed the effectiveness of vaccines, and noted that doctors are following a number of vaccinated patients to see if they develop new infections. At this time, he doesn’t believe a new booster shot is necessary. And on the mysterious absence of the flu last fall, Dr. Krager says since it is prevalent in the winter time, if people in the southern hemisphere are coming down with it, the flu may be an issue again here later this year. Still, Lewis County Health and Social Services will continue to work with local health care agencies to provide a variety of virus vaccine options. Health Director J.P. Anderson says plans are still being developed to “demobilize” coronavirus programs as infections and vaccine requests decline.

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