Three more cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been detected in New York – bringing the total to eight, Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
The three new cases are from New York City, bringing the total in the Big Apple to seven. The other case in the state is from Long Island’s Suffolk County.
Six states have identified cases of the Omicron variant, but New York appears to have the most so far.
“We knew the Omicron variant was coming and we expect to see more cases,” said Hochul in a news release Saturday. “We have the tools to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus: Get your vaccine, get your booster, and wear your mask. Let’s use these tools to protect ourselves and our loved ones as we approach the holidays.”
Of the seven city cases, three were identified at Mt. Sinai, another three were identified at the Pandemic Response Lab and one was confirmed by the city Department of Health. The Suffolk County case was identified by PRL on Dec. 2.
None of the cases are believed to be related to the recent Anime NYC convention at the Javits Center where a man from Minnesota who tested positive attended.