Omicron Variation: ABC13 City Hall to Explore the Rise of COVID-19 in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – With the omicron variant driving the post-holiday surge in COVID-19 infections, leaders across Texas are discussing how to slow the spread as students and staff return work in the new year.

On Thursday, ABC13 will host a town hall from 7-8 p.m., looking at the rise in COVID-19 cases in southeastern Texas and the omicron’s impact on our region.

Texas Department of Health Services reports omicron variation now accounts for more than 90% of cases statewide.

We bring together health professionals and leaders who will answer your questions about COVID-19 and omicron variation.

Viewers can submit questions for Thursday’s inclusion at town hall here:
(On mobile? You can open our form by clicking here.)

As disclosers prepare to release in 2022, Houston Health Department data shows a sharp increase in the amount of virus in city sewage, 546% more than a year ago, on July 6, 2020.

Thousands of students returned to classrooms in the Houston area this week as data showed an uptick in childhood infections. According to federal figures, about 260 children in the US are admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 every day.

During that time, breakthrough coronavirus cases in progress. An ABC News analysis of federal and state data found that since July, there has been an increase in the number of mutations, so individuals who test positive after being fully vaccinated enough.

Health experts say even though a COVID-19 vaccine won’t prevent infection, federal data shows Immunizations are significantly reduced the possibility of life-threatening complications or hospitalization.

State data shows that 61.25% of Texans 5 and older and 83.29% of Texans 65 and older are now fully immunized. Harris County is outperforming the statewide average, with 63.94% of residents 5 years of age and older and 85.73% of residents 65 and older fully immunized, as of January 4.

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

You can watch town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday on your favorite streaming devices, like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV, and Google TV. Just search for “ABC13 Houston.”

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