PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has received the first laboratory-confirmed report of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with the new Omicron variant in a Pasadena resident. The Omicron variant was identified in a laboratory specimen from this resident through genomic sequence testing. The person did not recently travel internationally and is believed to have acquired the infection locally in early December. The person, who was fully vaccinated and had a booster dose, has recovered from a mild illness that did not require hospitalization. Close contacts are self-isolating.
The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified in Africa and has been designated by the World Health Organization as a variant of concern. As of Dec. 8, 13 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in the state of California.
“Now is the time for anyone who is not yet vaccinated to get fully vaccinated, and for everyone 16 years and older to get a booster dose. Getting vaccinated, including a booster, remains your best defense against COVID-19 variants,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer and director of Pasadena Public Health Department.
COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death from COVID-19, and people who are fully vaccinated and received booster doses are much less likely to be infected and transmit the virus to someone else. The longer you wait to get vaccinated, the greater the risk of contracting COVID-19 and infecting a friend, loved one, or coworker.
COVID-19 vaccines are available through the Pasadena Public Health Department at no cost. People age 5 and older are eligible to receive vaccine. For more information and to register for an appointment, visit MyTurn.ca.gov.
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