First Omicron death in Harris County, Jude Hidalgo announced
The first Omicron variant-related death has been reported in Harris County, Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Monday afternoon. She also raised the county's COVID-19 threat level to Level 2: Orange, the second-highest.
HOUSTON - The first Omicron variant-related death has been reported in Harris County.
County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the death on Monday afternoon.
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The victim is identified as a man in his 50s who lived in Precinct 2.
The man was not vaccinated and did have underlying health conditions.
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Judge Hidalgo added that he was treated with Regeneron.
The announcement comes just hours after Judge Hidalgo raised the county's COVID-19 threat level to Level 2: Orange, the second-highest.
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