5 omicron COVID variant cases confirmed in NY: Hochul

NEW YORK — Five cases of the omicron COVID variant have been detected in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul stated Thursday.

The information got here hours after officers confirmed a person who attended a conference in Manhattan in late November tested positive for the variant.

“This is not cause for alarm,” Hochul stated. “We knew this variant was coming and we have the tools to stop the spread.”

One of the cases was in Suffolk County. A 67-year-old girl examined optimistic, Hochul stated. Her signs — a headache and a cough — had been delicate. She had some vaccination historical past, nevertheless it was unclear what number of pictures she’d had.

The girl had not too long ago traveled to South Africa. She examined unfavourable for COVID when she returned on Nov. 25, however then examined optimistic throughout a Nov. 30 check. That consequence was despatched to a lab after which recognized as a case of the omicron variant.

There had been additionally two optimistic exams linked to Queens, one in Brooklyn and one from an unspecified location in the 5 boroughs. Vaccination data wasn’t clear for these people.

Mayor Bill de Blasio stated there have been seemingly extra cases in town.

“We’re assuming in New York City there is community spread at this point,” he stated.

De Blasio and NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi urged folks to masks up indoors and get vaccinated.

Officials had warned that the omicron variant was anticipated to come back to New York.

This is a growing story. Check again for updates.

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