Whitpain first residing in Montgomery County with the Omicron variant

The Montgomery County Public Health Unit today announced that a Whitpain Township resident in his 20s is the first person detected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Montgomery County .

Right now, the county is asking residents to take precautions given the possibility that Omicron may be more transmissible. This includes wearing a mask in indoor public places regardless of vaccination status and testing if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19.

“Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are still at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and of serious illness or death from COVID infection than individuals who are vaccinated,” said Dr Valerie A Arkoosh, President of Montgomery County Council. commissioners. “The best way to protect yourself and your family from the Omicron variant is to get vaccinated and get a booster dose if you are eligible. ”

During December 16 and 17, 764 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Montgomery County and 10 deaths were reported. There are currently 210 patients in county hospitals with COVID-19. As of December 10, the 14-day PCR positivity rate was 9.9%. Having this rate below 5% is considered to have the virus under control.

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