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Minnesota reports first case of omicron in resident who recently visited New York

The state of Minnesota reported its first case of omicron in a resident who recently visited New York City.

“This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise,” Democratic Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz said in a statement. “We know this virus is highly infectious and is moving rapidly around the world. Minnesotans know what to do to protect each other now – get vaccinated, get tested, wear a mask inside and get a booster. Together, we can fight this virus and help keep Minnesotans safe. “

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said, “We have even more to learn about Omicron, but the most important thing we can do right now is use the tools we have at our disposal to make the spread of this virus as difficult as possible ”.

“In addition to vaccination and booster shots, we can slow the spread of this and all variants of Covid-19 by using the proven prevention methods of wearing masks, staying home when sick and to be tested if necessary, ”he added. .

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said the individual was an adult male from Hennepin County, which includes the city of Minneapolis. He exhibited “mild symptoms” on November 22 and was tested on November 24. Her symptoms have since disappeared.

The man spoke to MDH investigators, claiming he traveled to New York to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention between November 19 and 21 at the Javits Center, a convention center west of Manhattan. He was “advised to isolate himself from others,” said MDH.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, told a press conference on Thursday that the development was “not unexpected.”

“The information is still evolving, but we understand that this person while they were vaccinated, they have very mild symptoms and in fact those symptoms are already gone. This is good news, “she said.” There is a way to solve this problem, New Yorkers: get yourself vaccinated, get boosted and get ready. We expect it to. there will be more cases. But as long as they are benign, we will address them. This is no longer a cause for alarm. This was expected since it was first reported in South Africa … we knew he was coming to New York State at some point.

“We encourage people who attended a recent conference at the Javits Center” to get tested, the governor said, adding that they had a list of attendees so they could contact them.

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