The patient tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The San Diego Epidemiology and Research for COVID Health Alliance determined it was the Omicron variant through whole genome sequencing late Thursday, making it the second documented case of the variant in the county.
The case was detected through the Expedited COVID Identification Environment lab at UC San Diego.
According to the HHSA, the San Diego County resident did not have a travel history, had mild symptoms which have resolved and did not need to be hospitalized. The man, who was fully vaccinated and had received his booster shot more than two weeks earlier, is currently at home in isolation.
“This case confirms our expectation that the Omicron variant is now spreading in the community,” said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer. “While the Delta variant remains the main strain circulating in San Diego, we expect to see more Omicron cases in the region.”
“San Diegans should continue taking the recommended precautions, especially getting all the recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses,” Wooten said.
City News Service contributed to this article.