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Health officials in Texas have announced the state’s first COVID-19 death that is related to the Omicron variant. It could be the first Omicron-related death in the U.S.
The man who was unvaccinated and in his 50s was infected by COVID-19 before and tested positive for the Omicron variant before his death. According to Harris County Public Health officials the man had certain health conditions that could make him more vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19.
“This is a reminder about the seriousness of COVID-19 and its variants. We strongly urge all residents who qualify to be vaccinated and receive their booster shot if not already,” Barbie Robinson, executive director of Harris County Public Health, said in an announcement.
The first death confirmed by the Omicron variant was reported in the U.K. last week, Reuters. Officials reported on Monday that 12 people have passed away in the U.K. due to the variant and that 104 patients are currently being treated.
The Omicron variant now accounts for nearly three-quarters of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to CDC data published Monday, which was based on genome sequencing from last week.
Omicron has replaced the Delta variant of coronavirus that was prevalent for several months. Omicron is now responsible for 73.2 percent of all new cases, while Delta accounts for 26.6 percent. The remaining.1 percent is comprised of different variants. A week ago, Delta made up 87 percent of cases, while Omicron was 12.6 percent.
In certain regions of the nation the percentage of Omicron cases is even more than the national average. According to the CDC, Omicron accounts for more than 90% of all new cases in the Northeast, Northwest and Southeast.
According to CNBC analysis that CNBC analysis shows that the Northeast region has the highest number of daily cases that are adjusted for population. New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire have the highest daily average cases per person.
Reuters: Texas’ Harris County is the first county to record an Omicron-related death.
Harris County Public Health: Harris County Reports First COVID-19-Related Death
CDC COVID Data Monitor: “Variant Proportions.”
CNBC: “Omicron is now the most prevalent U.S. Covid species at 73 percent of cases, CDC Data shows.”
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