The first distinguished instance of the omicron COVID variant has been affirmed in Los Angeles County, public health officials announced Thursday.
The individual got back to L.A. Province after travel to South Africa by means of London on Nov. 22, and the disease is “no doubt travel-related,” the Department of Public Health said in a news release.
The contaminated individual, who is a completely vaccinated grown-up and area inhabitant, is holing up, and their manifestations are improving without clinical consideration, as per the office.
Few close contacts in L.A. have been recognized and, until now, all have tried negative and have no symptoms.
The case is the second distinguished in California, with the principal affirmed disease revealed Wednesday in a San Francisco inhabitant who had as of late traveled to South Africa and created gentle Covid symptoms in the wake of returning on Nov. 22, authorities said.
“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,” L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “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 office energized occupants who traveled for these special seasons to get tried, regardless of whether they went abroad or to areas in the U.S. with high transmission rates, or on the other hand on the off chance that they took an interest in social affairs and occasions with huge quantities of individuals, some of whom might be unvaccinated.
“The vaccines are compelling against the Delta variant and prior strains of the infection, which permits us to stay confident that the supported immunizations will likewise give some assurance against Omicron,” the department said.
Public health officials additionally remind occupants that they are legitimately needed to separate assuming they have a positive COVID test result. Furthermore, immunized close contacts with manifestations and unvaccinated close contacts need to quarantine.
Beginning Friday, travelers showing up at the global terminal of the Los Angeles International Airport will be offered free fast Covid tests and data on government proposals for quarantining and testing.
Those who have been in a country reporting the omicron variant in the last two weeks should get tested before leaving the airport and again three to five days later, health officials urge. Travelers should also quarantine for seven day, even if they get a negative test result. If a test is positive, isolate for 10 days.