Connecticut omicron case stemmed from Anime NYC convention; Lamont says CT is prepared
The omicron variant reached Connecticut on Saturday after a man in his 60s tested positive, Gov. Ned Lamont says.
He says sequencing performed at the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the presence of the variant.
The case involves a man from Hartford County who is fully vaccinated and developed mild symptoms on Nov. 27.
A family member traveled to New York City between Nov. 17 and Nov. 22 to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center.
That family member developed mild symptoms and took an at-home COVID-19 test that was positive. The family member is also fully vaccinated.
"This case, the patient is at home resting peacefully and no need to go to the hospital, and that's one of the key things we know the vaccines are effective at," Lamont said.
Scientists are still racing to determine how transmissible the variant is as the first Connecticut case is linked to the convention that has seen other positive cases emerge from.
Lamont said that he's concerned with the positive omicron case, but assured that the state is prepared.
"I'm concerned. Look, omicron is coming up from New York on the I-95 corridor, but delta is coming down from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and no state is an island and no country is an island. So, good news is we have 95% of our folks over the age of 12 who've had some vaccine, so I think we are prepared and I'd like to think that we're not going to have the surge in hospitals you we see in some less vaccinated states," Lamont said.
White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said it's still too early to say how severe the omicron variant is and that more tests will still need to be done.