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Five cases of the omicron variant of COVID have been reported in Alameda County, health officials said on Friday.

According to the Alameda County’s Department of Health, investigators identified five mildly symptomatic COVID-19 cases with the Omicron variant among the county’s residents.

Officials said 12 of these Bay Area cases were related to a wedding held in Wisconsin on Nov. 27, adding that one of the people attended the ceremony after returning from international travel.

Health officials said a state laboratory used genome sequencing to identify the five people infected with the COVID-19 variant of Omicron. Genome sequencing data are not yet available for all 12 cases.

According to the authorities, those affected are between 18 and 49 years old. One person is a resident of Berkeley.

All 12 people were vaccinated and most had received booster vaccinations. They are mildly symptomatic, officials said.

Nobody was admitted to the hospital.

Alameda County is now the second county in the Bay Area and the third California county to report cases of the Omicron variant of COVID.

On Wednesday, the US recorded its first confirmed case of the Omicron variant after a vaccinated traveler returned to San Francisco after a trip to South Africa. While another case of the variant omicron was discovered in Los Angeles County.


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