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Minnesota confirms first case of omicron variant in resident who recently traveled to New York

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MINNESOTA (WKOW) — The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the state. 

According to a press release from the health department, the man who contracted the variant is a fully vaccinated resident of Hennepin County who developed symptoms on Nov. 22 and got tested on Nov. 24. His symptoms have since resolved. 

The man had recently traveled to New York City. 

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, Minnesota’s nation-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and strong testing network have allowed the state to quickly track the COVID-19 virus and better understand its spread. Today, those tools detected a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota,” said Governor Tim Walz.

Omicron was first confirmed in the United States on Wednesday. 

“This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise. We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world. Minnesotans know what to do to keep each other safe now — get the vaccine, get tested, wear a mask indoors, and get a booster. Together, we can fight this virus and help keep Minnesotans safe,” Walz said.

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