OMICRON IN NY: 13-year-old is Westchester's 1st variant case; NY total reaches 14

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A 13-year-old became Westchester County's first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant, a day after County Executive George Latimer declared a state of emergency within the county.

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"We are concerned about this discovery, and are closely monitoring the situation," he said. "With the new variant circulating, the best way we can protect our families and ourselves is by being vaccinated, and by getting a booster shot if you are eligible."

Latimer did not clarify more information on teen's identity, their symptoms or travel history.

In a press release on Tuesday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the Westchester case, along with another omicron case in Broome County, bringing the total to 14 omicron detections.

Hochul also pushed the need for vaccines and booster shots.

"We know what we need to do to limit the spread and prevent serious illness from the COVID-19 virus - get the shot if you haven't already, get the booster if you have, and keep your loved ones safe and healthy by making sure they get vaccinated too," she said.