Montgomery County's Office of Public Health announced late Friday that the omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in a county resident.
The patient is their 20s and resides in Whitpain Township, the county said. No further information was released.
County health officials urged residents to take precautions, including wearing a mask in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status, and getting tested if you think you've been exposed to the virus.
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“Individuals who are not fully vaccinated remain at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, and for severe illness or death resulting from a COVID infection, than individuals who are vaccinated,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “The best way to protect you and your family from the Omicron variant is to get vaccinated and get a booster dose if you are eligible.”
The case is the seventh to be confirmed in the commonwealth. Earlier Friday, state Department of Health officials said three cases had been confirmed in Philadelphia, two in the Lehigh Valley and another in the Northeast part of the state.
Bucks County has not yet reported any cases of the omicron variant.
Dozens more cases are suspected of being the variant, which was first reported in Africa in November. The CDC now says 3% of new COVID cases are omicron variant.
It is still largely unknown how the variant acts and if it will respond to current vaccines. Most reported cases have been mild.
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