Omicron variant in California: L.A. County reports new omicron case, in college student

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SAP Center announces new vaccination rules: The SAP Center announced Monday that everyone ages 3-11 now has to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative coronavirus test within the past 72 hours to enter the venue. The policy, effective this Thursday with the Sharks game against the Minnesota Wild, is in keeping with the state and San Jose guidelines for mega-events, such as concerts and sporting events, Sharks Sports & Entertainment said. Everyone 12 and older already has to show proof of full vaccination. The policy for kids 11 and under will not be in effect for Tuesday’s game against the Calgary Flames. Details are here.

CDC underscores holiday testing and quarantine rules for air travel: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday re-emphasized, amid concerns over the new omicron coronavirus variant, that international travelers arriving in the United States now must be tested for the coronavirus no more than one day before they travel and show proof of negative results to the airline. CDC recommends also that international travelers get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arrival, and that unvaccinated travelers quarantine for seven days after travel.

Pandemic stress hits young hardest: A new poll finds that teens and young adults have faced some of the heaviest pandemic-era stress as they come of age during a time of extreme turmoil. Overall, more than a third of Americans ages 13 to 56 cite the pandemic as a major source of stress, and many say it has made certain parts of their lives harder, according to a new survey from MTV Entertainment Group and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But when it comes to education, friendships and dating, the disruption has had a pronounced impact among Generation Z, ages 13 to 24. Of that group, 46% said the pandemic has made it harder to pursue their education or career goals, compared with 36% of Millennials and 31% in Generation X. There was a similar gap when it came to dating and romantic relationships, with 40% of Gen Z saying it became harder.

Another omicron case in L.A. County: The Los Angeles County health department on Monday announced confirmation of a new coronavirus case involving the omicron variant. The variant was found in a fully vaccinated college student who returned to the county after travel on the East Coast. The person had mild symptoms and is self-isolating, county officials said. “Public Health has identified close contacts in Los Angeles County, all of whom are quarantining and being tested,” the department said. “Based on travel history, it is likely that the infection was acquired outside of Los Angeles County.” The county also reported an omicron infection case last week, saying it too was likely related to travel, in that case to South Africa where the omicron variant first emerged.

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