Five omicron cases detected in New York

Source: The Hill | December 2, 2021 | Mychael Schnell

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced on Thursday that five cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant have been detected in the Empire State.

New York is now the fourth state to detect a case of the new variant, following California, Minnesota and Colorado.

Hochul revealed during a press conference Thursday that one of the positive cases was identified in Suffolk County and four in New York City, including two in Queens, one in Brooklyn and one from a yet undetermined borough.

The infected individual in Suffolk County is a 67-year-old female who recently traveled to South Africa. She was at least partially vaccinated, Hochul said, but it remains unknown if she had completed her initial vaccination series or received a booster shot.

The vaccination statuses of the four other cases also remain unknown, Hochul said.

The New Yorker from an undetermined borough tested negative for COVID-19 upon returning to the U.S. from South Africa on Nov. 25, but received a positive result on Nov. 30 after taking another test.


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