1st omicron variant case detected in NJ – .

City resident tests positive for COVID-19 variant – .

NEW JERSEY (WPVI) – Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced that the New Jersey Department of Health has identified a case of the omicron variant in a traveler in the state The individual, an adult female, who is a fully vaccinated Georgia resident, had recently traveled to South Africa.
Since testing positive on November 28, the woman has remained in isolation. She presented with moderate symptoms and is now recovering after receiving treatment in an emergency department in North Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Health lab performed sequencing on the sample to confirm that it was the omicron variant. The omicron variant is among us and we must take action to stop its spread. It is essential that residents remain as vigilant as possible while awaiting more information on the variant, ”said Murphy. “Vaccinations and mask wear have proven to be an effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and I urge all people 18 years of age and over to be reminded. “

“With the increase in cases and the identification of omicron in the state, the fight against COVID-19 is not over,” Persichilli said. “We are still learning about the omicron variant, but we have tools to stop the spread of the virus, the most important of which is to get vaccinated and get a booster dose. The public should continue to mask themselves, get tested for symptoms, move away physically, avoid crowded events, stay home when sick, and wash their hands frequently. “

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