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Omicron confirmed in man who attended NYC anime convention

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                                New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, right, listened as New state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett spoke during a news briefing, in New York, today. Minnesota health officials, today, reported the state’s first confirmed case of the omicron COVID-19 variant, in a man who had attended an anime conference in New York City in late November.

    NEW YORK OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, right, listened as New state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett spoke during a news briefing, in New York, today. Minnesota health officials, today, reported the state’s first confirmed case of the omicron COVID-19 variant, in a man who had attended an anime conference in New York City in late November.

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                                People lined up at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Yankee Stadium, Feb. 5, in the Bronx borough of New York. The Minnesota Department of Health said the omicron variant was found during its surveillance program in a specimen from a Minnesota resident who had recently traveled to New York City.

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    People lined up at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Yankee Stadium, Feb. 5, in the Bronx borough of New York. The Minnesota Department of Health said the omicron variant was found during its surveillance program in a specimen from a Minnesota resident who had recently traveled to New York City.

NEW YORK >> Just a day after the U.S. announced its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus had been detected in California, health officials announced today it was found in a man who attended an anime convention in New York City in late November.

The man tested positive after returning home to Minnesota, health officials in that state said. Officials in New York said they were working to trace attendees at the convention, held Nov. 19-21 at the city’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Vaccinations were required for the event.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said there are no confirmed omicron cases among New York residents.

“There is one way to address this — New Yorkers, get vaccinated, get boosted, and get ready,” the Democratic governor said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that “we should assume” there is community spread of omicron in the city.

The Minnesota man attended Anime NYC 2021 at the Javits Center, the Minnesota Department of Health said. The man, who had been vaccinated, showed mild symptoms Nov. 22 and sought COVID-19 testing Nov. 24. His symptoms have subsided.

Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious, as some health authorities suspect, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart the vaccine.

The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday. A vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa on Nov. 22 developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 Monday.

Omicron is classified by the World Health Organization as a “variant of concern” as scientists work to determine how it may compare with the predominant delta variant in terms of transmissibility and severity. Scientists also are studying the degree to which existing vaccines and therapies protect against omicron.

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