State officials said the man, who is in his 60s, is from Hartford County. Sequencing performed at the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the presence of the variant.
The man developed mild symptoms on November 27. A home Covid-19 test was positive two days later and a molecular test also came back positive on December 1, according to Lamont.
The governor’s office said a family member traveled to New York City between November 17 and 22 to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention held at the Javits Center. The family member developed symptoms and had a home test which came back positive on November 23. Their symptoms have since been resolved, officials said.
Governor Ned Lamont has said that due to vaccinations, there is less need for COVID-19 restrictions or warrants as cases increase in the state.
The man and family member who tested positive for the virus are fully vaccinated, according to the governor.
Other family members are being tested for coronavirus.
“As I have been saying for several days, given the speed at which this new variant has spread around the world and its positive identification in several states, we assumed that it was already in our state and the information we have received from the laboratory today confirms this fact, ”Lamont said in a statement.“This is probably not the only case of the variant in the state. That being said, I must urge everyone in Connecticut not to panic. As we learn more about this variant, our healthcare providers continue to do their best to protect everyone. We have life-saving tools like vaccines and boosters available to fight this pandemic – including the Delta and Omicron variants – and I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and everyone around. them, ”he continued.
The state’s Department of Public Health is urging residents to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. Recall clinics are also open statewide.
“With the number of states that have identified Omicron to date, it was only a matter of time before we identified it here in Connecticut as well. Although Omicron appears to be more contagious than the Delta variant, both affected people have experienced mild symptoms to date. This is reassuring because their immunity seems to help them fight this infection, ”Connecticut Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani said in a statement.