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Omicron suspected in Marin holiday party outbreak

Marin health officials suspect that the omicron variant might be the cause of a COVID-19 outbreak that occurred after a holiday party at a Larkspur restaurant.

At least 28 people have tested positive for COVID-19 following the event, which took place Dec. 11 at Farm House Local. Some attendees have experienced flu-like symptoms. All were in their 40s and 50s.

“I think this is a glimpse into the next chapter of the pandemic for us,” Dr. Matt Willis, the county’s public health officer, said on Monday. “I would not be surprised if this particular outbreak was fueled by omicron.”

Mike and Eliza Koeppel, a Larkspur couple in their 50s, hosted the event.

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