Breaking News: San Bernardino County, CA: San Bernardino County Department of Public Health confirms first case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in the county.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (Information):

San Bernardino County, California: The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in the county.

According to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, the variant was detected in a male resident of Redlands who was fully vaccinated and had obtained a booster shot, and he had traveled to a conference out of state and returned with COVID-19 symptoms.

The man is isolating at home and is recovering from the virus, and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health is working on contact tracing to help mitigate any spread.

“Discovering the Omicron variant in our county is a concern, but not a surprise, No matter the variant, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and we need to continue to protect ourselves and others from spreading and contracting COVID-19. The good news is we have vaccines, and we know they are highly effective against this virus,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Josh Dugas.

San Bernardino County Public Health Director Josh Dugas urged people to get vaccinated and get a booster. He also encouraged parents to get their children ages 5 to 11 vaccinated because they are also eligible for the vaccines.

“We are gathering again with our friends and family members this holiday season and we want to make sure everyone does their part to avoid the virus. The County remains prepared and ready to address this and all variants, and any future challenges the pandemic brings,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Josh Dugas.

To get vaccinated, get a child vaccinated or obtain a booster vaccine, visit MyTurn.ca.gov or vaccines.gov.

People who want to get a free test for COVID-19 may visit sbcovid19.com to make an appointment at a testing site or check with the local health provider or pharmacy.

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