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The San Diego County Health and Human Service Agency identified the Omicron COVID-19 case on Dec.9 in a San Diego resident who recently traveled abroad. 

The patient was vaccinated and received a booster. County health officials say the patient was not hospitalized and is currently under isolation. There is currently an investigation to identify people who may have come in close contact with the patient.

On Thursday morning, the San Diego Epidemiology and Research for COVID Health (SEARCH) Alliance conducted a genome sequence. The specimen tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 8.

According to health officials, the county continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control Prevention and the California Department of Public Health in reviewing recommendations and determining if changes should be made in the region. 

As of Dec.9, the county reports 5,418 Covid cases, nearly doubling the reported 2,955 from the week prior. This brings the total number to 390,947 positive COVID-19 cases. 

The total of San Diego County’s case rate per 100,999 residents is 14.2 overall, 8.3 for fully vaccinated people and 24.8 for not fully vaccinated San Diegans. A total of 528,256 San Diego County residents have received their COVID-19 booster shots. 

The following is recommended by county health officials to protect against all COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated and get a booster if you qualify. The vaccine is available at health care providers, retail pharmacies and community clinics. You can also make an appointment or find a site near you by calling (833) 422-4255 or visiting the My Turn website.
  • Wear a mask, especially in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. You can make a free test appointment or find a walk-in test clinic at
  • Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick and distance yourself from others.

More information about COVID-19, testing, and vaccinations can be found at


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