This news comes a day after US officials announced that the first case of the virus was Confirmed in a resident of San Francisco, California, who have recently returned to the Bay Area from a trip to South Africa.
The infected Minnesota resident recently returned from domestic travel and the surrogate was discovered through a different surveillance program, the agency said.
The individual is an adult male and resides in Hennepin County. He was vaccinated against COVID-19.
The man developed mild symptoms on November 22, and sought a COVID-19 test on November 24. These symptoms have since resolved.
“The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced today that its Public Health Laboratory detected a variant of SARS-CoV-2 known as Omicron in a sample taken from a Minnesota resident with a recent travel history to New York City,” he wrote.
The individual told investigators that he attended Anime NYC 2021 in New York City Javits Center November 19-21.
He advised him to isolate himself from others.
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, Minnesota’s state-of-the-art genome sequencing infrastructure and robust testing network have allowed the state to rapidly track COVID-19. virus “They better understand its spread,” Governor Tim Walz said in a statement. Today, those tools discovered a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota. This news is disturbing, but not surprising.”
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jean Malcolm said the findings underscore the importance of continuing efforts by Minnesota residents to limit the spread of COVID-19 in any way.
“We still have more to learn about Omicron, but the most important thing we can do now is use the tools we have at our disposal to make the spread of this virus as difficult as possible,” Malcolm said. “In addition to vaccination and boosters, we can slow the spread of this variant and all variants of COVID-19 by using tried and true prevention methods such as wearing masks, staying home when sick, and getting tested when appropriate.”
The department added that Minnesota epidemiologists will continue to investigate in cooperation with New York City and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday urged anyone who attended Anime NYC 2021 — and especially anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 — to “get tested immediately and take additional precautions, including social distancing.”
“We are aware of a case of an Omicron variant identified in Minnesota that is associated with travel to a convention in New York City, and we should assume that there is community prevalence of this variant in our city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We are working closely with the state and the CDC, as well as event organizers at the Javits Center, and our testing and tracing team will call conference attendees. This conference required masks and complied with our Key2NYC requirements to enforce vaccination.”
Speaking to reporters, New York Gov. Cathy Hochhol said Thursday that there were no confirmed cases of Omicron in the Empire State, but she cautioned residents to be prepared and not to panic.
“We’re ready in contrast to March 2020,” Hochul said.
“I would like to point out… even the limitations we have set [were] This alternative will not prevent you from coming here. It will only slow down. “That was the goal. So, we expect there will be more cases and we know that will be the case and that is why we are focused on doing everything we can to fight the virus and the variant,” she said.
Psaki noted that scientists are still deciding whether Omicron is less lethal or more lethal than other species.
in the current situation Shortly after her remarks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was working with the Minnesota Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to investigate the case.
“The CDC has been actively monitoring and preparing for this alternative,” said Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and will continue to work diligently with other public health and industry partners in the United States and globally. As we learn more. “The CDC has expanded its genetic sequencing capacity over the past nine months and we have more tools to fight the variant than we had at this time last year.”
The agency recommends that people follow COVID-19 prevention strategies.