York Area Public Health confirmed its first positive case of the new Omicron variant on Friday.
According to York Region Health Officer, Dr. Barry Pakes, one child tested positive after a recent trip.
“It was a case of someone too young to be vaccinated, who had recently traveled to South Africa with a family member,” Dr Pakes said.
“The person has two family members who have also tested positive for COVID, but the screen still doesn’t have Omicron.”
Public health predicts a return to screening tests soon, but cannot provide a definite time.
While screening has yet to confirm whether the remaining two individuals have the latest COVID-19 mutation, Dr Pakes believes the region will have three Omicron cases.
Dr Pakes said it was only a matter of time before the new variant reached the region.
“This was expected. It’s not surprising at all,” he said.
“We’ve seen quite a few cases in Ontario, Canada and around the world, and they’re travel-related. There’s no evidence of any transmission in the York Region,” he added.
Dr Pakes said all three are self-isolating in their homes. He said he did not believe there was any risk to the community.