New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports:
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Thursday that it has a confirmed case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in a resident with a recent travel history to New York City. Officials only identified the patient with the omicron variant as a vaccinated adult male who lives in Hennepin County.
The person spoke with MDH case investigators and reported traveling to New York City and attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from Nov. 18-20.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said the state is in touch with health officials in Minnesota, and she encouraged everyone who attended the convention to get tested. “We knew it would come to New York state at some point,” Hochul said. “We’re ready for it. This is not surprising.”
New York State has confirmed five cases of the omicron variant.
Let me be clear: This is not cause for alarm. We knew this variant was coming and we have the tools to stop the spread.
Get your vaccine. Get your booster. Wear your mask.
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 2, 2021
in New York, there are now 5 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant
1 in Suffolk County
2 in Queens
1 in Brooklyn
1 described generally as New York City
— katie honan (@katie_honan) December 2, 2021