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The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, called for calm to the citizenship and did not anticipate a shutdown in the state after this Thursday the health authorities reported the second case of coronavirus due to the Ómicron strain in a Minnesota resident who traveled to New York City for a mass event.
Although he indicated that it is only a matter of time for the variant to be detected locally, it is important not to panic.
“I’m not going to panic to the residents of this state who have already been through so much. I am not an alarmist. I am not considering closing schools or the economy at this time, “said the official at a conference today in which she was questioned on the subject.
Hochul highlighted the benefit that represents Scope and Availability of COVID-19 Vaccines in the middle of this process.
“That would be an overreaction. Imagine where we would be if we didn’t have the vaccination. Then we would be in a crisis situation ”, added the governor. “I do not see a return to that as long as vaccination and booster doses continue to work,” he said.
It is unclear where exactly and how the Minnesota native was infected. However, what is striking about the case is that the patient got infected without having traveled outside the United States.
The infected person is a Minnesota resident who had traveled to New York City for the 2021 Anime NYC convention, which was attended by 53,000 people between November 19 and 21. This person developed “mild symptoms” of COVID-19 on November 22.
Authorities in NYC to initiate contact tracing of Anime NYC 2021 participants
In that regard, Hochul said that the organizers of Javits Anime have a complete list of the people who attended the two-day event, so expect contact tracing to be streamlined. The governor also indicated that she will soon hold a press conference in conjunction with the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, for the next steps to be taken.
De Blasio, for his part, said he was working directly with state authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and those in charge of the event to advance the contact tracing process.
In a statement this Thursday, the mayor summoned those who attended the event and experience symptoms to get tested for coronavirus as soon as possible and follow the distancing protocols.
“We are aware of the Omicron variant identified in Minnesota that is associated with a trip to a conference in New York City, and we must assume that there is community transmission of the variant in our city,” de Blasio warned.
The news about the second case of the variant in the United States arose minutes before Hochul announced to the Dr. Mary Bassett as the new state Health Commissioner.
Regarding the issue of the new strain, Bassett stated that, in the next few days, a case of the Omicron variant in NY.
“Now we have an exhibition. We hope that it will be detected in the next few days ”, anticipated the doctor.
The first case of Ómicron in the US was detected this Wednesday in California. This is an individual who returned to the country from South Africa on November 22.
This patient tested positive for the coronavirus on November 29. California authorities track everyone who had contact with the traveler.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.