Man Diagnosed With Omicron Variant of COVID-19 Attended Anime NYC (Updated)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki introduced on Thursday that an grownup male from Hennepin County, Minnesota examined constructive for the Omicron variant of the brand new coronavirus illness (COVID-19), and he or she reported that he had attended the Anime NYC occasion at New York City's Javits Center between November 19 and 21. The male had been vaccinated for COVID-19. He reported delicate signs on November 22 and acquired examined on November 24. He was knowledgeable to isolate himself from others, and his signs have since resolved. This is the second confirmed case of the Omicron variant within the United States. New York Governor Kathy Hochul urged everybody who attended Anime NYC to get examined for COVID-19.Hochul acknowledged that New York is in contact with Minnesota well being officers, and he or she additionally mentioned that there have been no confirmed circumstances of the Omicron variant in New York.Update: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an announcement relating to the Omicron variant in New York, urging attendees to get examined and take further precautions resembling social distancing. He additionally urged residents to get vaccinated and put on face masks, whereas indoors and in public.ANN has reached out to Anime NYC's occasion firm Leftfield Media for remark.ABC News reported that occasion organizers estimated 53,000 attendees for the conference.The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is a brand new pressure of the illness, and it seems to have advanced independently from the Delta variant. The World Health Organization (WHO) designates it as a "variant of concern." The "first known confirmed" pattern of the virus was discovered November 9 and reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24. The first case linked to the Omicron variant within the U.S. concerned a person who had not too long ago returned from South Africa. The particular person was absolutely vaccinated and reported delicate signs.Current COVID-19 vaccines stay efficient towards extreme illness and demise. There had been delicate signs for the 2 confirmed circumstances of the Omicron variant in vaccinated people. Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer and BioNTech are all making ready to doubtlessly change their vaccines to focus on the Omicron variant. PCR assessments proceed to detect an infection, together with an infection with Omicron and Delta variants.This yr's Anime NYC occasion required proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks utilization for all contributors. This consists of followers, exhibitors, artists, company, crew, and employees. Founder of Anime NYC Peter Tatara famous that your entire occasion employees has been vaccinated.New York City Mayor Blasio had introduced in August that the town would require that people present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor eating areas, indoor gyms, and indoor live shows and performances.
Update: Added assertion from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Source: NYC Mayor's Office's Twitter accountSources: The Recount's Twitter account, Luis Ferré-Sadurní's Twitter account, ABC News, CBS News (Alexander Tin), World Health Organization