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Another US COVID-19 omicron case confirmed – this time in Minnesota

State health officials said Thursday the Minnesota Department of Health said the variant was found during their surveillance program in a specimen from a Minnesota resident who recently traveled to New York. The City.The department said the man, from Hennepin County, was vaccinated. He developed mild symptoms on November 22 and sought a COVID-19 test on November 24. His symptoms subsided. Health authorities are skeptical about the new variant, whether it is more contagious, whether it makes people sicker and whether it could hinder vaccines. A vaccinated traveler returning to California from a trip to South Africa on November 22 developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco took samples from the patient on Tuesday night and worked feverishly throughout the night to assemble the gene sequence. compared with the dominant delta variant in terms of transmissibility and severity. Scientists are also studying the extent to which existing vaccines and therapies protect against omicrons.

State health officials said on Thursday state health officials said laboratory testing had confirmed a COVID-19 case linked to the omicron variant in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health said the variant was found during their surveillance program in a specimen from a Minnesota resident who recently traveled to New York City.

The department said the man, from Hennepin County, was vaccinated. He developed mild symptoms on November 22 and sought a COVID-19 test on November 24. His symptoms subsided.

The person attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from November 19-21, the health department said.

Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious, as some health authorities suspect, whether it makes people worse, and whether it makes people sick. interfere with the vaccine.

The US recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant on Wednesday. A vaccinated traveler returning to California from a trip to South Africa on November 22 developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco took samples from the patient on Tuesday night and worked feverishly throughout the night to assemble the gene sequence.

Omicron is classified by the World Health Organization as a “variant of concern” as scientists study it to determine how it compares with the dominant delta variant in terms of transmission and levels of disease. severity. Scientists are also studying the extent to which existing vaccines and therapies protect against omicrons.

https://www.kcra.com/article/another-us-omicron-covid-19-case-has-been-confirmed-this-time-in-minnesota/38412285 Another US COVID-19 omicron case confirmed – this time in Minnesota

JOE HERNANDEZ

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