(KTEN) — As the COVID-19 Omicron variant continues to sweep the nation, some public health officials fear a new surge of coronavirus this winter.

Though not currently believed to be as dangerous as the Delta variant, Omicron is known to be contagious and can spread quickly. 

Oklahoma State Department of Health interim regional administrator Chris Munn said they are prepared.

"We have plenty of vaccines at our health departments that we can get out to the providers," he said. "There are a lot of providers that have the vaccine. Vaccines are going to be our number one control measure, mitigation measure."

The health department also encourages social distancing as conditions conspire to promote the spread of the virus.

"The fact is, we have drier air, so stuff spreads farther throughout in the air," Munn said. "People are closer together; they are inside more. It's really just a combination of factors."

Anyone who's feeling sick is urged to stay at home.