The man in his 30s and originally from northwest Philadelphia, the city said in a statement Friday afternoon. It is not known when he tested positive or where he recently traveled.
Pennsylvania is now the seventh state to have a positive resident test for the Omicron variant, which last week rocked the global economy, pushed many countries to close their borders to international travelers and imposed more testing requirements. strict for returning citizens.
The other states with Omicron cases are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York.
“It’s no surprise that we see Omicron here in Philadelphia,” the city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said in the statement. “Just because there’s a case of this new variant here doesn’t mean it’s too late to take precautions. There are things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. It’s not like when we first saw cases of COVID. We know what works and we have done a great job in doing these things.
Earlier this week, Bettigole said residents should “be very careful” in the days and weeks to come, as cold weather is already ushering in a “sharp rise” in coronavirus cases in Philadelphia.
“Over the past two weeks, Philadelphia and surrounding counties have continued to experience a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases,” Bettigole said Wednesday. “It will be about a week or so before we see the full effects of the Thanksgiving holiday on these numbers, but with the colder weather and recent peaks with a new variant on the horizon, now is the time to be extra careful.” . “