Michigan health, business leaders closely track new COVID variant

Michigan health and business leaders are closely tracking a new variant of COVID-19 and concerns over its potential to spread have state officials renewing their calls for precautions.

Although there is "no evidence at this time" it is in Michigan, said Dr. Matthew Sims, director of infectious disease research for Beaumont Health, the variant, named "omicron," was first reported to the World Health Organization from South Africa on Wednesday. It's also been confirmed in Israel and Belgium, he added.

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