Dec 21, 2021 - Health

First confirmed U.S. Omicron death recorded in Texas

 People wait and sign waivers ahead of a Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Houston.
People wait and sign waivers ahead of a Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images.

The first confirmed death in the U.S. from the Omicron variant was reported in Texas' Harris County on Monday.

Why it matters: The man who died was in his 50s, unvaccinated and had previously been infected with COVID-19, per a press release.

The big picture: The CDC reported on Monday that Omicron accounted for 73% of recent COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

What they're saying: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the patient’s family, and we extend our deepest sympathies,” said Barbie Robinson, Harris County Public Health Executive Director.

  • "We urge all residents who qualify to get vaccinated and get their booster shot if they have not already," Robinson added.
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