Riverside County health officials reported the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant on Friday.
With the holidays approaching, health officials are worried about how quickly this variant is spreading.
How were these variations discovered? And does it matter if you have a Delta or Omicron variant?
Tune in at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to see one of the county labs where testing is done.
The variant was first reported in South Africa on 9 November and quickly spread to other countries. State health officials on December 1 reported the first case in California from a traveler who returned to San Francisco from South Africa late last month. The patient has what are described as mild symptoms.
Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Omicron variant will likely spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it remains unclear how easily Omicron spreads compared to the Delta variant.
In addition to vaccinations, officials are encouraging people to continue wearing masks, avoid large gatherings, and wash their hands often.
The COVID-19 vaccine has been available in Riverside County since December 2020, and more than 3.4 million doses have been administered between Public Health clinics and those operated by community partners, such as pharmacies, hospitals, private health service providers and private clinics.
The vaccine is available to anyone 5 years of age or older, and the booster is available to anyone 16 years of age or older.
People looking for location information for clinics or booking appointments can use https://myturn.ca.gov or call 951-358-5000.
For more information on vaccines or COVID-19, click www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.
https://kesq.com/news/2021/12/20/a-closer-look-into-how-covid-19-variants-are-detected-from-a-rivco-lab/ A closer look at how Covid-19 variants were discovered from the RivCo . lab