Friends of Minnesota man with Omicron also test positive – .

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Friends of Minnesota man with Omicron also test positive – .


More than a dozen friends of the Minnesota resident who recently traveled to New York City and tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have also tested positive for the virus, according to reports.

The fully vaccinated man who attended an anime convention in Manhattan Nov. 19-21 told New York health officials that out of 30 friends he attended the event with, 15 tested positive for the coronavirus, The New York Times reported on Saturday. It is not known if the cohort that tested positive contracted the Omicron variant of the virus, according to the document.

The Hennepin County resident, who exhibited mild symptoms of COVID-19, had received a booster dose weeks before the three-day Javits Center convention, the newspaper reported.

It was among the first reported cases of the new variant, first named at the end of last month; The Minnesota Department of Health announced the detection the day after federal officials revealed that the first U.S. case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant had been found in California.

Kathy Como-Sabetti, head of the coronavirus epidemiology team for the Minnesota Department of Public Health, said she was “concerned” about the spread of the virus at a large, overcrowded gathering. masks and at least one photo of a COVID-19 were required.

Dr Michael Osterholm has warned that the Minnesota Omicron case is just the tip of the iceberg.
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“Time will tell how big he gets,” Como-Sabetti told the newspaper. “It’s hard to say he’s a great spreader.” We are certainly concerned about that.

Despite the approximately 15 cases of coronavirus resulting from the convention, a spokesperson for the Big Apple’s contact tracing program, Adam Shrier, said in a statement: “We found no evidence of widespread transmission to the convention ”.

But Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, warned the Minnesota case was just the tip of the iceberg.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that the first case of the new variant has been confirmed in the state and is linked to the anime convention.
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“Very quickly, we’re going to see a number of Omicron cases across the country in a lot of places, just like we’ve seen in Minnesota,” he said, according to the newspaper.

Also on Saturday, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that the first case of the new variant has been confirmed in the state and is linked to the anime event. A fully vaccinated Hartford County resident in his 60s developed “mild symptoms” on Nov. 27 after coming into contact with a family member who attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention between Nov. 17 and Nov. 22, according to the governor’s statement.

Meanwhile, three more cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in New York, bringing the number of new variants to eight in the Empire State, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Saturday.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a total of 8 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in New York.
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The news arrived on Friday that New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska and Utah all reported their first cases of the new variant.

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