First case of omicron variant detected in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — The omicron variant of COVID-19 has now been detected in Snohomish County, according to the Washington Department of Health.

The DOH has confirmed that at least one case of the variant has been detected after sequencing of lab results, but they did not share additional details about the case.

“This shouldn’t come as a surprise given recent detection throughout the Puget Sound region,” said Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters. “It serves as a reminder to complete vaccination, get a booster as soon as possible once eligible, continue masking in public, maximize ventilation of indoor spaces, and keep up with all other public health measures. Based upon observations elsewhere, omicron seems likely to displace delta over the coming month or two as the dominant strain.”

In a statement, the Snohomish Health District shared that they do not currently plan on changing the COVID-19 prevention measures in place for the county, but hope this serves as a “cue” that people should continue to maintain precautions to reduce the spread of the virus.