Gov. Kathy Hochul Confirms at Least 5 Omicron Cases in NY

New York state already has five confirmed cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant, joining California, Minnesota and Colorado as states with evidence of the variant discovered in South Africa and led to President Joe Biden’s travel ban from the area.

“New York State has confirmed five cases of the omicron variant,” Hochul tweeted Thursday evening. “Let me be clear: This is not cause for alarm. We knew this variant was coming and we have the tools to stop the spread. Get your vaccine. Get your booster. Wear your mask.”

Four of the cases were discovered in New York City, two in the borough of Queens, and another in Suffolk County. The latter is a woman, 67, who had been at least partially vaccinated, Hochul told reporters in a news conference, The Hill reported.

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