The first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been confirmed in Connecticut – and it is linked back to Manhattan, the governor of Constitution State announced on Saturday.
A fully vaccinated man in his 60s from Hartford County developed “mild symptoms” on Nov. 27 after contacting a family member who had been in New York City to attend the Anime NYC 2021 Convention at the Javits Center between the Nov. 17 and Nov. 22, Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement.
This family member, who was also vaccinated, had mild symptoms on November 21 and received a positive result from a home covid test on November 23, the statement said. The person’s symptoms have since subsided and additional family members are being tested, according to the statement.
“As I have said in recent days, given the speed with which this new variant has spread around the world and its positive identification in several states, we assumed that it was already in our state and the information we received from the laboratory.today confirms that fact, “said Lamont.
Connecticut Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani, said the virus strain was isolated, sequenced and confirmed as the Omicron variant within just one day. She urged those who have not been vaccinated to do so in order to best protect themselves against the new variant.
“Given the number of states that have identified Omicron to date, it was only a matter of time before we also identified it here in Connecticut,” she said in a statement.
“Although Omicron appears to be more contagious than the Delta variant, both affected individuals have had mild symptoms to date. It is reassuring as their immunity appears to help them fight this infection.”