SACRAMENTO, California (KTXL) – No cases of the new COVID-19 variant have been detected in California, but state health officials said they are keeping an eye on the omicron variant.
The variant was first found in South Africa and is not yet on the list of ten varieties actively traced in California. With no cases detected in the United States in general, state health officials are only a matter of time.
California has a public-private sector partnership to analyze genomic sequencing called COVID-NET, which officials said will help detect the omicron variant early in the state.
At airports throughout California, government officials said they were preparing to increase COVID-19 testing for legal residents returning from some African countries.
Health leaders said they are also doubling the effort for COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot.
COVID-19 figures are rising slightly after the holiday weekend with a positivity of 3% across the country. The state has an average of about 4,100 new COVID cases a day.
Recent data showed that the second concern variant, the delta variant, accounts for 99% of the sequenced cases.
Heads of state have warned of a potential winter rise. These warnings, combined with the advent of the omicron variant, prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to tweet the following Saturday:
The California Department of Public Health said it is in communication with federal health officials to continue collecting information about the new variant.