Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ DOH confirm first omicron variant case in NJ

Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ DOH Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced Friday that the New Jersey Department of Health identified a case of the omicron variant in a traveler to the state. They said that the individual is an adult female who had recently traveled to South Africa and is a fully vaccinated Georgia resident.
Since testing positive on Nov. 28, they say that the woman has remained in isolation. They added that she experienced moderate symptoms and is now recovering after receiving care in a North Jersey emergency department. 
"The omicron variant is among us, and we need to take steps to stop its spread. It is vital that residents remain as vigilant as possible as we await more information about the variant," said Gov. Murphy. "Vaccinations and mask wearing have proven to be an effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and I urge everyone ages 18 and over to receive a booster."
The CDC recommends that all individuals ages 5 years old and older should get vaccinated and those 18 years old and older receive a booster dose.
Residents should visit COVID19.NJ.GOV or call the Vaccine Call Center at 855-568-0545 to find a location to make a vaccine or booster appointment.