The Imperial County Health Department has confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in Imperial County.

Imperial County Health Officer, Dr. Stephen Munday said, "What we know is that new variants will continue to evolve as long as there are large proportions of unvaccinated people. This is a reminder that we need to continue taking all the necessary precautions in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community." Munday went on to say that since the Omicron variant is the primary variant in the nation, and has been the most contagious, it was only a matter of time before it was detected in Imperial County. 

The Health Department suggested that individuals get vaccinated and where applicable get the booster shot. Get tested if you are feeling any symptoms. Free test appointments are available through OptumServe or book an appointment at a healthcare provider. Wear a facial covering..There is currently an indoor masking order in place in Imperial County. stay home if you are feeling sick. 

No additional information is available related to individual cases since testing for variants among positive cases is completed for surveillance purposes only.