Five Omicron Variant Cases Confirmed In NYC Area

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.”