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It's here! Public Health officials say the COVID-19 variant Omicron has arrived in the Tri-Counties

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The Omicron variant has surfaced on the Central and South Coasts for the first time, with a case in Ventura County.

First case in region diagnosed in Ventura County.

The Central and South Coasts have their first reported case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Ventura County Public Health officials say a fully vaccinated adult tested positive for Omicron. The person didn’t need medical care, and is self-isolating. All of the person’s close contacts have tested negative for the variant.

Less than 50 Omicron cases have been documented in the United States. But, Ventura County Public Health Director Dr. Robert Levin told KCLU News last week he expected we would at some point see the variant locally.

Health officials say it’s another reason for people to be fully vaccinated.