Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has received confirmation of the first four cases of COVID-19 related to the Omicron variant. All four cases were under 30 years of age. Three of the four cases were in South County. One had 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.