Omicron variant confirmed for first time in Minnesota – Twin Cities

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that the Omicron variant has been detected for the first time in Minnesota.

The COVID-19 variant was found in a specimen from a Minnesota man who recently traveled to New York City. He developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and was tested on Nov. 24. His symptoms have since resolved, according to the department of health.

The man is a resident of Hennepin County, and had been vaccinated. He told department of health investigators that the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center in New York Nov. 19-21.

“We nevertheless have more to learn about Omicron, but the most important thing we can do right now is to use the tools we have obtainable to make it as hard as possible for this virus to spread,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “In addition to vaccination and boosters, we can slow the spread of this variant and all COVID-19 variants by using the tried-and-true prevention methods of wearing masks, staying home when sick, and getting tested when appropriate.”

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