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Latest COVID Subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 to take the dominant lead in the Bay Area

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EDITORS NOTE: A previous version of this story stated that San Francisco currently had 150,000 cases when the number is reflective of the total cases recorded since the pandemic began.

Bay Area residents are now seeing these sub-variants take the lead in COVID-19 strains this week. The CDC has confirmed that the Omicron variant spreads more easily than earlier variants of the disease.

San Francisco has recorded more than 150,000 COVID-19 cases in San Francisco since the start of the pandemic, with 540 more cases since Saturday. Alameda County has recorded more than 20 cases since Thursday. And in Contra Costa County, there have been 600 cases since Thursday, according to the SFist website.

Listeners can learn more about the different Omicron sub-variants at the CDC website.

Monica Gomez is a News Producer for KALW's Summer Journalism Program 2022