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Health officials in Harris County, Texas are reporting the first COVID-19 Omicron-variant associated death in the County. The death reported was of a man between the ages of 50-60 years old who was unvaccinated and had been infected with COVID-19 previously. The individual was at higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19 due to his unvaccinated status and had underlying health conditions.

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the patient’s family, and we extend our deepest sympathies,” said Barbie Robinson, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Executive Director. “This is a reminder of the severity of COVID-19 and its variants. We urge all residents who qualify to get vaccinated and get their booster shot if they have not already.”

HCPH recommends all individuals five years and older get vaccinated as soon as possible. To be protected against all current COVID-19 variants, including Omicron, individuals must be fully vaccinated and get a booster shot when they are eligible. Being vaccinated provides the best protection from developing complications or death resulting from COVID-19.