New YORK – Five cases of the COVID omicron variant have been detected in New York, Governor Kathy Hochul said Thursday.
The news came hours after officials confirmed a man had attended a conference in Manhattan in late November. tested positive for variant.
“This is no cause for alarm,” Hochul said. “We know this variant is coming and we have the tools to stop the spread.”
One of the cases was in Suffolk County. Hochul said a 67-year-old woman tested positive. Her symptoms – headache and cough – were mild. She had some history of vaccinations, but it is not clear how many shots she had received.
The woman recently traveled to South Africa. She tested negative for COVID when she returned on November 25, but then tested positive again on November 30, that result was sent to a lab. and was later identified as a case of the omicron variant.
There were also two positive results for Queens, one in Brooklyn and one from an unspecified location in five boroughs. Immunization information is not clear to those people.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said there could be more cases in the city.
“We assume that in New York City there is community spillover at this point,” he said.
De Blasio and NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi urged people to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated.
Officials have warned that the omicron variant is expected to arrive in New York.
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