New U.S. Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Reported in Minnesota, Colorado

Health officials from Minnesota and Colorado reported two new cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the United States on Dec. 2.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) detected the new variant in an adult male living in Hennepin County.

The man, who was vaccinated six months ago and received the booster shot in early November, experienced mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and tested on Nov. 24, MDH said.

The man’s symptoms have since resolved, MDH added.

The man told MDH that he had traveled to New York City (NYC) to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from Nov. 19 to 21.

MDH said the transmission of the variant most likely happened at the convention as the man had not traveled internationally.

Javits Center, which was a vaccination site at one point, said in a statement that visitors were required to wear masks indoors and show proof of vaccination.

MDH said state health officials are working with NYC health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the case.

“Its is likely that this is not an isolated case, meaning that there is ongoing community spread of the Omicron variant in NYC,” NYC Health Commissioner David Chokshi said, urging those who attended the anime convention to get tested and take additional precautions.

In Colorado, health officials detected the variant in a female adult in Arapahoe County who had recently traveled to South Africa.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said that the woman was experiencing minor symptoms and is isolating at home.

The woman had been fully vaccinated but had not yet received the booster dose, CDPHE said.

CDPHE is working closely with CDC to investigate the case.

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