Dear KGI Community,

Please see some information regarding the new variant of concern, Omicron.

TCC Testing Provider

Our testing provider, Shield T3, stated that their testing, including pooled testing, will still detect COVID-19 infections, even if caused by the Omicron variant. I have attached their statement for your information.

First Confirmed Case of Omicron Variant in California

The California Department of Public Health is closely monitoring the Omicron variant, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization. The CDC said that the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant was found in an individual who recently returned to California from South Africa. Public health officials recommend that all adults be vaccinated, get a booster shot, wear a mask, and get tested. Travelers who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, or Zimbabwe within the last 14 days must follow CDC recommendations to get tested 3 to 5 days after arrival, quarantine for 7 days even if testing negative, and isolate for 10 days if COVID-19 symptoms develop.

At-Home Test Kits 

LA County and Orange County residents can now request free COVID-19 self-testing kits. The test kits are helpful if you have COVID-like symptoms or think you had an exposure. There are additional county-specific eligibility requirements to request the kits. Visit the LA County Public Health website and the OC Public Health website for further info and instructions.  

Eligibility for Booster Shots Expands to All Adults 

Protect your health and our community. Public health officials are urging all adults to be fully vaccinated and get a booster shot. COVID vaccines and boosters are readily available throughout the region. You’re eligible for a booster if you received the second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago OR received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago. In addition, CDC guidance allows for mixing and matching among the three FDA-approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson), if you choose to do so. Appointments can be made via the state’s Additionally, many pharmacies and clinics may be accepting appointments through their own reservation systems.  

Be well,

KGI COVID-19 Task Force

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