Public Health Officials with Sacramento County announced Tuesday afternoon there are now two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the county. The county health department reports one resident experienced mild symptoms while the other is asymptomatic. Travel does not seem to be included in a list of factors as to how they contracted the virus. Health officials say that one person is vaccinated, while the other is not. An investigation is still ongoing, but officials believe the cases do not appear to be linked to each other. They did not say where in the county the two cases are or where they believe the cases originated from.
And in response to the rising amount of cases before the holiday weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing in the Sacramento area is increasing. State health officials say to get tested before getting together with family and friends or if traveling outside of California. There are a number of places in Sacramento where people can get PCR and rapid tests, often at no additional cost. Cal Expo at Lot D has a site offering free tests and even accepts walk-ins. CVS and Walgreens also have free PCR and rapid tests, but both places recommend making an appointment. Liberty Towers Church on Elkhorn Boulevard in Sacramento is taking appointments for free PCR tests, available Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.