First confirmed cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant reported in Philadelphia, New Jersey – CBS Philly – .

First confirmed cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant reported in Philadelphia, New Jersey – CBS Philly – .

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia health officials say the first confirmed case of the new omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the city. Authorities say a male resident in his early 30s from northwest Philadelphia has tested positive for the omicron variant.
The Department of Health is working to obtain more information on the case and is working with the state Department of Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“It’s no surprise that we see omicron here in Philadelphia,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole. “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.

The omicron variant is said to be a more transmissible variant of the virus.

Health officials say it was first detected in South Africa.

Health officials are urging unvaccinated Philadelphia residents to get vaccinated and vaccinated residents to receive their reminders, continue to mask themselves, socially distance themselves and avoid large indoor gatherings.

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“Since the discovery of this new variant, we have been preparing for the likelihood of an omicron case in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “A new variant, especially one that may be more transmissible, means we need to remain vigilant about taking action to protect ourselves and everyone around us. I know this is particularly disheartening news as we move into the holiday season, but we can overcome it together. “

The omicron variant has also been confirmed in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy said a fully vaccinated woman from Georgia has tested positive.

Murphy says the woman recently traveled to South Africa.

She is currently in isolation and has shown moderate symptoms.

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Jasmine Payoute of CBS3 contributed to this report.


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