Local health officials urge Chicago area residents who attended NYC convention linked to Omicron case to get tested

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A case of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron in a Minnesota resident linked to an anime convention in New York has public health officials urging Chicagoans who were there to get tested and health officials in Milwaukee are reporting a handful of cases.

The convention at the Javits Center drew about 50,000 people between Nov. 19-21 and the Chicago Department of Public Health said anyone from the area who was there should be tested.

“Crucially, stay away from others (isolate) if you test positive," read a Tweet.

Masks were required at the convention and proof of vaccination. The Minnesota resident reportedly had three doses and was experiencing mild symptoms.

"So we are definitely still learning what makes Omicron different from the rest," said Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady. "The WHO defined it as a variant of concern like Delta and scientists the world over including right here in Chicago are studying this new variant."

Also, health officials in Milwaukee are reporting the new variant infected five people who attended a wedding on Nov. 27. A total of a dozen people at the wedding tested positive for COVID-19.

All are California residents who traveled to Wisconsin and were reported to have been vaccinated. Most of the infected guests had received boosters shots as well and are reported to have mild symptoms.