New York Confirms Five Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

The state of New York confirmed at least five cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant on Dec. 2.

The five confirmed cases of the new variant across the state include one case in Suffolk County, two in Queens, and one in Brooklyn, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced at a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blaiso.

The location of the fifth case is yet to be known.

No further details on the five cases have been released.

“Let me be clear: This is not cause for alarm. We knew this variant was coming and we have the tools to stop the spread,” Hochul said.

The announcement came hours after the Minnesota health officials detected the new variant in an adult male who recently traveled to New York City to attend an anime convention.

Organizers of the anime convention estimated 53,000 people attended the event.

“We should assume there is community spread of the variant in our city,” de Blasio said in a statement.

De Blasio urged those who attended the convention, especially those who are experiencing symptoms, to get tested and to take additional precautions.

Javits Center, where the anime convention was held, said in a statement that they required wearing of masks indoors and proof of vaccination.

Javits Center also said that they were working closely with the government and industry partners to learn about the case.

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