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We just learned the second official omicron case in the U.S.

A Minnesota man tested positive for the omicron COVID-19 variant

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People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, queue to buy Christmas lottery tickets in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. The second case of the coronavirus’ omicron variant in the United States has been identified in a Minnesota man.

Paul White, Associated Press

The second case of the coronavirus’ omicron variant in the United States has been identified in a Minnesota man.

Per NBC New York, the Minnesota resident recently traveled to New York City for a two-day convention at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

The infected patient is an adult male who had been fully vaccinated. He was visiting the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from Nov. 19-21, per NBC New York.

  • It’s unclear what else he did in New York City.

The patient developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and tested positive for COVID-19 two days later.

The Minnesota case comes one day after the CDC confirmed the first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in the United States in a California patient.

  • “Genomic sequencing was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, and the sequence was confirmed at CDC as being consistent with the Omicron variant. This will be the first confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant detected in the United States,” the CDC said.

Researchers in South Africa first announced the discovery of the omicron coronavirus variant, which appears to have dozens of mutations, over the Thanksgiving holiday break, as I wrote for the Deseret News.