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Recent Eastern Idaho Public Health data indicates hospitalization and death rates of omicron COVID-19 cases are lower than other variants despite the unprecedented transmission rate of the omicron variant.

Eastern Idaho Public Health District officials are hoping the COVID-19 pandemic will soon approach endemic status.

“I think we’re very close to (endemic status), I think it can stabilize … I would say we’re very close to this being endemic to whatever we’re seeing and not necessarily a pandemic situation,” James Corbett, Eastern Idaho Public Health Community Health Division director, said during the health district’s Thursday board meeting.

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