Cleveland, Ohio 2021-12-02 19:32:03 –
Five cases of Omicron COVID mutations were detected in New York — New York, Governor Kathy Hokul said Thursday.
The news arrived hours after authorities confirmed a man attending a convention in Manhattan in late November. Variant test positive..
“This is not a cause of caution,” Hochul said. “We know this variant is coming and we have the tools to stop it from spreading.”
One of the cases was Suffolk County. Hochul said a 67-year-old woman tested positive. Her symptoms-headache and cough-were mild. She had a history of vaccination, but it was unknown how many times she had been vaccinated.
The woman recently traveled to South Africa. She had a negative COVID test when she returned on 25 November, but a positive test on 30 November. The results were sent to the lab and identified as a case of the Omicron variant.
There were also two positive tests related to Queens. One is from Brooklyn and the other is from unspecified locations in five provinces. Vaccination information for those individuals was not clear.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said it is likely that more incidents have occurred in the city.
“In New York City, we assume that the community is expanding at this point,” he said.
De Blasio and Dr. Dave Choksi, NYC Health Commissioner, urged people to wear masks indoors and be vaccinated.
Authorities were warning A variant of Omicron was expected to come to New York.
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