Fairfield County man confirmed to have second omicron variant case in Connecticut

Health officials have confirmed a Fairfield County man has the second case of omicron variant in the state.
The state Department of Public Health says the man developed mild symptoms on Dec 2. On Dec. 4, he tested positive by an at-home rapid antigen test and a molecular test.
The Yale School of Public Health conducted genomic sequencing and determined he contracted the omicron variant.
Officials say the man recently traveled to New York City, but did not report any ties to the anime convention in Manhattan.
The state's first omicron case involved a man in his 60s from Hartford County who had a family member attended that convention and test positive for COVID after returning home.
With the state's positivity rate now at more than 8%, Connecticut Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani is encouraging the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, and those who are vaccinated to get a booster shot. Juthani says of the 525 people currently in the hospital with COVID-19 76% are not fully vaccinated.
Juthani released a statement saying in part, "We have so many tools in front of us that we did not have a year ago in the form of the vaccine and boosters. But we still need to do a better job in protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our communities."
The state has a list of vaccine clinics on their website, here.