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Local hospitals confident in ability to fight omicron

Researchers say it’s almost inevitable that the omicron variant of COVID-19 will be identified in San Diego soon.

A San Diego Union-Tribune report, however, finds that local hospital officials are not overly concerned about it.

The reasons for this confidence aren't because omicron isn’t dangerous, but instead because — after a year and a half of surges and staffing problems - health care providers have adopted a battle-weary attitude that they can handle whatever challenges a new variant may present.

The San Diego Union Tribune's health reporter, Paul Sisson, joined Midday Edition on Monday with more on the local situation.