Third Case of Omicron Varient of Covid Confirmed in LA County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has received confirmation of a third case of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with the new Omicron variant (B.1.1.529). The individual recently traveled from West Africa and is fully vaccinated. The individual had mild symptoms and is self-isolating. Known close contacts are fully vaccinated and have tested negative.

“This latest case of the Omicron variant in Los Angeles County underscores how critical safety measures are while traveling,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “These requirements include a negative test before boarding your flight, wearing a mask, and not traveling while you are sick. Residents should also consider delaying travel until their and all of their traveling companions are fully vaccinated.”

Getting vaccinated or boosted remains critical in preparation for the holiday season. Residents can walk-in to any Public Health vaccination site or make an appointment at the hundreds of additional sites across the county. For more information, visit Vaccinate LA County website.

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