A Minnesota man who tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 after traveling to an anime convention in New York City last month revealed that more than a dozen of his friends who also attended the crowded gathering contracted the virus. virus.
The man, who has not been identified, reportedly alerted health officials in his original state of the potential spread – which he said affected nearly 15 individuals. From a friend group of 35 people.
It’s unclear if any of his friends contracted the Omicron variant – which is thought to be more transmissible than previous versions of the respiratory virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said there were no Mortality associated with the super variant despite the strain that has been monitored in 38 countries.
In the United States, the variant has spread to 16 states, including new cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
As of Saturday, 37 Omicron cases have been identified in the United States, including eight in New York
Hours before cases were confirmed in New York, Omicron was confirmed in a man who had tested positive days after attending a massive anime convention (above) at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The man now says that more than a dozen friends who attended the conference with him have since tested positive for Covid. It is not known if the cases are related to the new variant
According to officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, the group gathered for a crowded conference at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan — which drew more than 53,000 people — sometime between November 19 and 21.
The department says that in the days after the event, nearly half of the group tested positive for the virus. Entry to the event requires participants to be vaccinated, however, it is not clear if any of the affected group was under 12 years old.
The man – who was one of the first to test positive for the Omicron strain in the US since it emerged in South Africa late last month – was fully vaccinated and received a booster shot.
And earlier in the week, the department revealed that the man is the first They experienced “mild symptoms” of the virus on November 22, the day after the agreement expired.
Then, the man was tested two days later, officials say, and then tested positive for the variant — the second person in the United States to do so.
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Members of the Friends of the Group came from a range of states across the country – raising concerns that the agreement contributed – and may still do – to the spread of tension across the country.
On Saturday, those concerns were confirmed somewhat when Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont reported the first case in his state, which was contracted by a man in his 60s who had a relative attending an anime convention.
Officials said the man and his relative have been fully vaccinated and are experiencing only mild symptoms.
Massachusetts also announced its first case Saturday, a day after New Jersey, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Missouri reported their first confirmed cases.
The variant has also been detected in Nebraska, Minnesota, California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Utah.
The World Health Organization has warned that it could take weeks to determine how contagious the variant is, whether it causes more serious disease, and how effective treatments and vaccines against it are.
“We’re going to get the answers everyone needs,” Michael Ryan, director of emergencies for the World Health Organization, said Friday.
Many of the cases of Omicron appearing in states—and around the world—appear to be linked to people who have traveled to South Africa recently, including the first person in the United States to have an identified case of the variant, a San Francisco resident.
A Minnesota man told health officials from his state that he traveled to the country last month, ahead of the conference.
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The man, who hails from Hennepin County, reportedly provided the names and contact information of several members of his group to health officials.
However, since the friends live in other states, their names have been sent to health departments in those states, and the details of their cases are currently unknown.
Earlier this week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned those who attended the three-day anime event to “immediately” get tested for COVID-19.
Earlier this week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned those who attended the three-day anime event to receive a COVID-19 test immediately.
“We are aware of a case of an Omicron variant identified in Minnesota that correlates with travel to a convention in New York City, and we should assume that there is community spread of the variant in our city,” the mayor — who has less than a month left in office until Mayor Eric Adams takes office — He said in a statement on Thursday.
“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 in conference attendees,” he continued.
Officials fear that the conference, which took place at the Javits Center between November 19 and 21, may have contributed to the spread of the new format.
The conference, called Anime NYC, saw more than 53,000 guests from across the country flock to the Javits Center in Manhattan.
He then warned: “Anyone who attended AnimeNYC, especially anyone with symptoms, should get tested immediately and take additional precautions, including social distancing.
I urge all New Yorkers to get vaccinated, wear a face mask while indoors and in public, and help our city beat this virus once and for all.
The revelation regarding the potential spread of the still largely unknown strain comes as New York health officials announced three more cases of the Omicron variant on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases linked to the new variant in the state to eight.
“The Omicron variant is here, and as expected we are seeing the beginning of community spread,” State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a press release Saturday.
Seven cases were found in New York City, once the global epicenter of the pandemic, and the other in Suffolk County.
Omicron’s arrival comes as hospitals continue to be stressed statewide by the increase in coronavirus cases, most of which are due to the delta variant, coupled with staff shortages.
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, said on Friday that the new alternative could also slow the global economic recovery, just as the Delta dynasty did.
“Even before this new alternative arrived, we were concerned that the recovery, while it continued, was losing momentum somewhat,” she said.
“A new alternative that might spread too quickly could erode confidence.”