First Four Confirmed Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Santa Barbara County

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First Four Confirmed Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Santa Barbara County
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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has received confirmation of the first four cases of COVID-19 related to the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).

All four cases were under 30 years of age. Three of the four cases were in South County, one received two doses of Pfizer, and the other three do not have vaccine records in CAIR, the state immunization database.

Additional contact investigation and contact tracing efforts are underway to gather information, and following standard procedures, close contacts have been asked to quarantine.

“The detection of these four Omicron cases validates our sense of urgency about vaccination and boosters in our local community. Vaccination and boosters for every eligible community member continues to be the number one tool we have to stop the spread of this virus and prevent serious illness in those who do get COVID-19,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, County Public Health Director.

“Given the prevalence of Omicron cases throughout the nation and California, we can expect that the variant is circulating in Santa Barbara County.  However, these four cases are the first confirmed from sampling.”

COVID-19 vaccines have been effective against earlier variants of the virus and appear to be effective against this new variant as well, especially against serious illness and death. Find a COVID-19 vaccination site today by visiting https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/.

Testing continues to be an important element in early detection of infection. Community members are encouraged to get tested if they traveled to U.S. locations with high transmission rates or if they’ve traveled internationally. Additionally, testing is recommended for persons who have attended crowded gatherings with unvaccinated people. If you test positive, be sure to isolate and remind your close contacts with symptoms to isolate regardless of vaccination status.

If you are unable to book an immediate appointment for COVID-19 testing, consider an at-home testing option. These at-home tests are the next best option, especially if you experience symptoms. Due to increased demand for at-home antigen tests, supply may be limited at local pharmacies, grocery stores, and other locations.

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Babycakes Dec 30, 2021 03:28 PM
First Four Confirmed Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Santa Barbara County

No reason to panic unless you have a "Nervous Nelly" type personality and simply can't help it. Those of us who remain calm are the ones who are able to think and reason clearly. One bit of advice, and that is to take care of yourself and loved ones first, and do not worry about the "other guy". At this point, the other guy is doing what they are gonna do...deal with it.

jjkercher Dec 31, 2021 09:27 AM
First Four Confirmed Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Santa Barbara County

I’d be interested in knowing the testing date(s) from which these samples were collected. My understanding from the public health community dashboard is that there can be a 4 week lag in the results. Is that just the *reporting* of the results, or is there a general lag in identifying the specific variant?

It helps put things in perspective if these 4 cases were detected yesterday or 2 weeks ago, or both.

jjkercher Dec 31, 2021 09:34 AM
First Four Confirmed Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Santa Barbara County

“ Only a small number of COVID-19 samples are tested for presence of the omicron variant…meaning the true amount of omicron cases circulating in the county is likely much higher, according to local public health officials.”

https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/omicron-detected-534-new-cases-reported-in-santa-barbara-county/article_aac52e54-f365-5038-8fff-a96a7de21d60.html

This is an important point, if true (SM times is the only source I can find reporting this point). This is the kind of perspective I think the public needs to have - basically that 4 cases in the news today is likely some multiple of that, in reality. Also, if true, than the age of these folks isn’t exactly relevant unless every sample is tested for its variant.

Ahlia Dec 31, 2021 02:32 PM
First Four Confirmed Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Detected in Santa Barbara County

Our suffering planet is fast approaching 8 BILLION PEOPLE !!! Mother Nature has not finished with "thinning the human herd" yet. ..... Until then practice what the scientists and doctors recommend to stay healthy ........and also not endanger others with weaker immune systems. "Kindness is ( truly ) everything" :-)

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