Omicron variant infection found in Minnesotan with COVID-19

State's surveillance efforts identify infection in person who recently traveled to New York


December 3, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

The first confirmed omicron variant COVID-19 infection in Minnesota involved a vaccinated man from Hennepin County, state health officials said.

A coronavirus infection involving the omicron variant has been identified in a Minnesotan who recently traveled to New York.

Genomic sequencing of samples from infected people identified the COVID-19 case, which Minnesota leaders said was inevitable given how quickly the omicron variant spreads.

"This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise," Gov. Tim Walz said. "We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world."


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