TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Although there isn’t much data about the new COVID-19 ‘Omicron’ variant, local health officials are already preparing against any possible future surges of the virus.

As of now, there are no reported cases of the Omicron variant in the United States.

However, Good Samaritan Hospital Chief Operating Officer Adam Thacker said that his team is already looking ahead.

“We’re bringing our incident command team back together to discuss what the next couple of months will look like,” Thacker said. “We’re seeing an increase of cases.”

Knox County Health Officer Alan Stewart said global health officials are still unsure of what this new variant means for our safety.

“It’s too early to tell if this is actually going to be more contagious or more deadly,” Stewart said. “History of the virus should say that the virus wants to be more contagious but it wants to become less deadly.”

Omicron is one of a handful of COVID-19 variants. Stewart admitted that he’s not surprised by the amount of times that the virus has mutated, and he said that we should continue to expect to see different variants in the future.

“We can expect further mutations,” Stewart said. “We have expected this type of change to occur.”