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As health officials expected, Omicron detected in Oregon but few details available

The first cases of fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Oregon. (The Enterprise/File)

Omicron has come to Oregon.

The Oregon Health Authority announced Monday evening that the highly infectious strain had been detected in three people in their 20s or 30s who have been fully vaccinated. The agency did not release any details about their identities, including their gender. The agency also said it does not yet have any information about their symptoms.

“We recognize this news is concerning to many people,” Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist, said in a statement. “However, if history is our guide, we do know that even if a vaccine doesn’t target a specific variant, the strong immune response you get from being fully vaccinated can still be highly protective against severe disease from . . .