Omicron variant: ABC13 City Hall to explore the rise of COVID-19 in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – With the omicron variant driving an increase in COVID-19 infections after the holidays, executives across Texas are discussing how to slow the spread as students and staff return to work in the new year .

Next Thursday, ABC13 will host a town hall from kl. 19-20, examining the rise in COVID-19 cases in southeast Texas and the impact omicron has on our territory.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that the omicron variant now accounts for more than 90% of cases nationwide.

We bring together medical experts and executives who will answer your questions about the COVID-19 and the omicron variant.

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While partygoers got ready to call in 2022, data from the Houston Health Department showed a sharp increase in the amount of virus in the city’s wastewater, 546% from where it was more than a year ago, on July 6, 2020.

Thousands of students returned to classes in the Houston area this week as data showed an increase in infections in children. About 260 children in the United States are hospitalized with COVID-19 each day on average, according to federal data.

Constantly pioneering cases of coronavirus are on the rise. An ABC News analysis of federal and state data showed that since July, there has been an acceleration in the number of breakthrough cases, thus of individuals testing positive after being fully vaccinated.

Medical experts said that while COVID-19 vaccines will not block infections, federal data show that vaccinations significantly reduce the chances of life-threatening complications or being hospitalized.

State data show that 61.25% of Texans aged 5 and up and 83.29% of Texans over the age of 65 are now fully vaccinated. Harris County exceeds the state-wide average, with 63.94% of residents aged 5 and older, and 85.73% of residents aged 65 or older fully vaccinated per capita. January 4th.

Omicron branded as a variant of concern in November, after it was reported to the World Health Organization in Botswana and South Africa.

You can see the town hall on Thursday at 19 on your favorite streaming devices like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and Google TV. Just search for “ABC13 Houston.”

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