After confirmed cases in the UK, Omicron variant seems to have risen in more parts of the US as well.
Were you or someone you knew one of the 53,000 people that attended the Anime NYC 2021 conference in New York City? Authorities in New York City and Anime NYC organizers are urging every single attendee, exhibitor, artist, and staff member to get tested for COVID-19 because one of the first confirmed cases of the new omicron variant in the United States was a man who attended the convention and likely contracted it there (via Kotaku).
Omicron is a novel coronavirus variant that was just recently detected in the United States but has already been confirmed in California, Minnesota, Colorado, and New York State, less than a week after the World Health Organization categorized it. Several persons who have been properly vaccinated have tested positive. New York governor Kathy Hochul revealed today at a news conference that her state now has five confirmed omicron cases, and NYC mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to assume the disease has spread throughout the city. According to Hochul, all of the omicron variant instances in the United States have been modest, with just slight symptoms; the guy who attended Anime NYC has allegedly recovered.
The individual is from Minnesota, and according to the Minnesota Department of Health, he was already vaccinated before the conference and only showed moderate symptoms the next day. According to The New York Times, he hadn’t traveled outside the United States in a while, suggesting he caught it during the conference.
“Anybody who attended the AnimeNYC conference, especially anyone exhibiting symptoms, should be tested right once and take other measures, such as social separation,” said de Blasio in a statement. “I urge all New Yorkers to get vaccinated, use a face mask indoors and out in public, and help our city finally defeat this epidemic.”