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Posted on: December 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Omicron Variant in Colorado

On Dec. 2, the first case of the omicron variant was detected in Colorado.

On Dec. 2, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) confirmed the first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Colorado.  On Dec. 3, Boulder County Public Health and CDPHE announced that Boulder County has confirmed their first case of the omicron variant.

As of sending this update, Broomfield does not have a confirmed case of omicron. Broomfield Public Health and Environment is continuously monitoring Broomfield’s testing and case investigation data, wastewater data, and lab reports to quickly identify any omicron cases and will work with CDPHE to isolate the case and quarantine contacts. Listen to Broomfield Public Health and Environment’s Medical Officer, Dr. Bob Belknap, discuss the omicron variant.

There is still a lot to learn about the omicron variant. Due to some of the mutations on the spike protein of the virus, it is possible that omicron might be more transmissible, or immune response may not be as effective. However, vaccines are still the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, as well as help avoid the worst outcomes among those who do become infected. Broomfielders can find convenient and free vaccine opportunities at Broomfield.org/COVIDVaccine.

BPHE and CPDHE recommends that Coloradans heed caution and get vaccinated, get a booster dose, and follow the 4Ws (wear a mask, wash your hands, wait on gatherings, and watch your distance). People who have recently traveled internationally should be tested 3-5 days after their return with a molecular or PCR test, regardless of symptoms or vaccination history. Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, who develops symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate. Broomfielders can find a convenient testing location at Broomfield.org/COVIDTesting.

The Biden administration announced effective Dec. 6: All international air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States. The CDC has a travel tool that can assist in questions around this announcement.

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