Los Angeles has recorded its first case of the Omicron variant according to L.A. Public Health officials.
The individual tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip to South Africa via London, on November 21. It was then confirmed to public health officials in L.A. that that the sample’s mutation was “consistent with the new Omicron variant.”
The individual was also fully vaccinated, is currently quarantined and is recovering without medical aid.
“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,” Director of Public Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, said. “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.”
The Los Angeles individual’s close contacts have experienced no COVID-19 symptoms, have all been tested and all tested negative, as of this writing.
The news comes a day after the U.S. recorded its first case of Omicron in San Francisco, which also occurred in a person traveling back from South Africa.
President Joe Biden has said the U.S. will not need to take unusual measures against the Omicron variant and both he and Gov. Gavin Newsom have reiterated that economic lockdowns will not be necessary.
L.A. Public Health said it continues to encourage eligible Angelenos to get vaccinated and get their booster shots, as well as continuing to wear their masks indoor and mega events.
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