First Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In LA County

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — On Thursday night, officials announced the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant in Los Angeles County.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said that the infected individual is currently self-isolating and “their symptoms are improving without medical care.”

Public health officials believe that the infection is travel-related after the Los Angeles County resident who returned from a trip to South Africa via London on Nov. 22.

According to the press release, the individual was fully-vaccinated. All of the patient’s close contacts are also in isolation and have tested negative so far.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have always known there would be more mutations, resulting in the possibility of a more dangerous variant than the Delta variant,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health. “While we can’t know for certain the impact of Omicron at this time, the good news is that we already know how to reduce transmission and slow spread using both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions. I encourage everyone to take the steps that we know offer protection, including getting vaccinated or boosted, tested if you feel sick or are a close contact, and wearing your mask indoors and at large mega events.”

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Source: CBS