It's not clear how the virus will behave from this point on. Some experts predict it will become “endemic,” coming in seasonal waves every year and possibly becoming less virulent over time. So far, there doesn’t appear to be another variant lined up to replace Omicron.
More than a million deaths and nearly 80 million infections have been linked with COVID-19 in the United States.
The nearby Alameda County similarly revised down its death total by around 25 percent.