Johnson County officials ‘continuing to watch’ BA.2, latest COVID-19 variant — Here is what we know

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The BA.2 subvariant has been spreading rapidly in Europe and now accounts for 19% of new COVID-19 cases in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, said Charles Hunt, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment deputy director. Above, drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Johnson County earlier this year. File photo.

Local health officials say they are monitoring the increasing spread of the latest COVID-19 variant, dubbed BA.2, in other countries around the world and in states in the U.S.

Here are some key points taken from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s regular COVID-19 presentation to the Board of County Commissioners Thursday.