Omicron Arrives in Philadelphia; City Officials Urge Residents to “Reconsider” Holiday Gatherings
The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has officially arrived in our area. City officials just announced that a man in his 30s from Northwest Philadelphia has tested positive for the Omicron variant of the virus.
Neither the condition of the man nor his vaccination status was immediately made clear. It also wasn't immediately clear if the man had recently traveled.
This marks the first case in the state of Pennsylvania. Thus far cases have been confirmed in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York.
Reconsider Your Indoor Holiday Gatherings, Officials Say
And Philadelphia officials are now warning the city's residents about the effect of the Omicron variant on the upcoming holiday season.
They're urging caution for the entire city as the strain "may be more transmissible." Included in those recommendations is a concern for the upcoming holiday season. They're urging residents to "seriously reconsider plans for indoor holiday gatherings and activities."
"Now is the time to start thinking about how our actions can affect those we love around us," Philadelphia's Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said in Friday's statement.
Both Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia's Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole stressed the importance of taking precautions including masking up, vaccines and boosters, and more.
"Don't assume that staying six feet from others indoors or wearing a cloth mask alone will be enough to protect you against Omicron," Bettigole said on Friday.