Three Omicron variant cases identified in L.A. County

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LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Three cases of the Omicron variant have now been identified in Los Angeles County, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

The third case, announced on Tuesday, is a person who recently traveled from West Africa and is fully vaccinated, the department said in a statement, adding that they are showing mild symptoms while self-isolating.

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The department added that all known close contacts are fully vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19.

"This latest case of the Omicron variant in L.A. County underscores how critical safety measures are while traveling," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health.

"These requirements include a negative test before boarding your flight, wearing a mask, and not traveling while you are sick. Residents should also consider delaying travel until their and all of their traveling companions are fully vaccinated."

The latest Omicron case marks the third in the County announced in just four days. The first, reported Thursday, was in a person who returned to the County after international travel.

The second, reported Monday, was identified as a USC student who recently returned to L.A. County after traveling to the East Coast.

All three persons who have contracted the Omicron variant are fully vaccinated.

Health officials said the growing number of COVID-19 cases indicates that the two most important things to do to remain healthy are — get vaccinated or boosted and test when returning from travel.

"Residents who have traveled for the holidays should get tested if they traveled internationally or to locations in this country with high transmission rates, or they participated at gatherings and events with large numbers of people," the department said, adding that masking up is also a vital step to preventing the spread of the virus.

To learn more about free testing sites throughout the County, click here.

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