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First San Diego person with Omicron COVID-19 identified

The San Diego person had been traveling and was vaccinated and had booster


Last updated 12/10/2021 at 2:09pm

 SAN DIEGO - San Diego County identified its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in its latest data, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced.

The infection was found in a San Diego resident who had recently traveled abroad. The patient, who had been vaccinated and received a booster, was not hospitalized and is under isolation.

The patient tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the county reported. The San Diego Epidemiology and Research for COVID Health Alliance then conducted whole genome sequencing and identified the Omicron variant in the positive sample Thursday morning.

The county HHSA is conducting an investigation to identify people who may have had close contact with the patient.

"We expected that the Omicron variant would make its way to San Diego, and it has,'' said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer.

"We are continuing to monitor for the Omicron variant and will report any other cases to the public when they are identified.''

A total of 528,256 San Diego County residents have received their COVID-19 booster shots and all county vaccination sites have Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations available.

More than 2.69 million San Diego County residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, 85.5% of residents age 5 and older.

More than 2.39 million people, or 75.9% of residents 5 and older, are fully vaccinated.

Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.


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