Public health officials on Wednesday announced Los Angeles County’s fifth confirmed case of the Omicron version of the coronavirus.
Unlike previous cases, officials believe the case may be locally transmitted, according to the LA County Department of Public Health.
County health officials said the patient in the most recent case was fully vaccinated and received a booster shot. The patient had mild symptoms, and several close contacts have tested positive and are self-isolating.
Officials said the Department of Public Health is working to determine whether additional cases in those close contacts are of the Omicron variant. Many patients have been fully vaccinated, and officials are determining the status of the rest.
“The identification of a case of Omicron responsible for community spread is a reminder that we all need to take the necessary precautions to prevent transmission of COVID-19,” said county public health director Barbara Ferrer. “Celebrating with the people we love this holiday season requires layering on the protections that are now available to us: vaccinations, boosters, masking up and testing. That’s how we come to Delta and Omicron. slow the spread.”
So far, the LA County Department of Public Health has counted four cases. Long Beach, which has its own Department of Health, informed of One Omicron case on Tuesday was in a fully vaccinated resident who was experiencing no symptoms and who had traveled abroad, although not in southern Africa.
The largest proportion of confirmed omicron cases have been in people from southern Africa.
LA County reported its second and third Omicron cases on Monday: a USC student who had recently returned from the East Coast and someone who had traveled from West Africa.
Officials are reminding the public that it’s important to get vaccinated or promoted as holiday travel and gatherings begin.
Confirmed Omicron-type cases continued to climb across California, bringing the statewide tally to 12 with the new L.A. County case.
As of Wednesday night, there were six cases in Alameda County, five in LA County and one in San Francisco.
Officials with the California Department of Public Health said Wednesday night that they had confirmed Omicron’s sixth case in Alameda County.
The confirmation comes after five cases were discovered in the county last week, which included people who attended a wedding in Wisconsin in late November.
It was not immediately clear whether Wednesday night’s case was linked to the Wisconsin Wedding Cluster.