A second COVID-19 Omicron variant was identified in Minnesota by a man who recently visited New York City to attend an anime convention attended to 53,000 people.
The announcement came less than 24 hours after the first case of the newly identified variant was confirmed in California.
On Nov. 22, after returning from the Javits Center in New York City, the patient tested positive for COVID-19.
Everybody who attended the convention had to provide proof of vaccination. The Minnesota man who tested positive was not only fully vaccinated, he also had a booster shot. According to reports, he had only mild symptoms.
“It was actually really, really packed,”Kon Yi, who attended the convention for three days, said:
Yi says he hasn’t had any symptoms and doesn’t feel sick.
Kathy Hochul, New York Governor of New York, encouraged everyone to take a test.
“We’re going to make sure that everyone knows. We have a way to contact these individuals. There is a list of individuals who attended,”Hochul stated.
Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffer said it’s “reassuring”Omicron cases in the U.S. are so far limited to mild diseases.
President Joe Biden announced additional restrictions to stop the spread of the variant. He also urged everyone to get fully vaccinated with booster shots.