New COVID variants fuel a surge in cases

As much as we may wish for the COVID pandemic to be over, two newer Omicron variants—BA.4 and BA.5—are fueling a surge of new and repeat cases. BA.5 is the most contagious variant to date.

Mayo Clinic Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases Dr. Greg Poland said in an interview with WCCO TV-Minneapolis, "We are in a not good place and that is not realized by the population who doesn't even want to hear that,"

"Even though we aren't experiencing the same surge right now as much of the rest of the nation, we will be," Dr. Poland added.

Part of the delay in reporting comes because many of the COVID testing sites are now clo