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Omicron Fort Bend County: 3 confirmed cases of COVID variants in residents

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – Multiple cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 have been detected in the Houston area. Now, it has reached Fort Bend County.

Three new cases were discovered Thursday by the county health and human services agency.

Officials said all three residents had received two doses, but did not report receiving a booster shot. The cases reported mild symptoms and said they had not traveled in the past 14 days.

“While the full impact of omicrons is currently unknown, we do know how to reduce the spread of omicrons,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, director and chief medical officer of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. any form of SARS CoV-2. . “We can protect ourselves and those most at risk by getting vaccinated, including boosters, staying away from others when we’re sick, getting tested when appropriate, and wearing face coverings.” face indoors or at crowded events with close contact.”

Earlier in the day, Houston Methodist Hospital confirmed 9 cases of this disease.

SEE RELATED STORY: Houston Methodist Hospital confirms 9 omicron COVID-19 cases

Additionally, Harris County confirmed its first case of the omicron variant spreading in the area on Monday.
READ MORE: Woman tests positive for omicron variant in NW Harris County, judge says

Houston Methodist identified nine cases through comprehensive genome sequencing. This is the first time since the beginning of this year that scientists have detected a variant, other than delta, detected by their scientists.

The hospital did not say where the patient came from, what condition he was in, or whether he was hospitalized.

Scientists around the globe are rushing to gather more information about the new variant.
Early data suggest that the omicron is less severe than the delta variant, but much more contagious.
SEE MORE: 8 out of 39 Houston wastewater plants detect COVID omicron variant

ABC’s chief medical correspondent Dr Jen Ashton spoke with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about the new variant and what doctors are hoping to discover.

“We are monitoring and interested in increasing transmission. We see that coming from data from other countries. We are interested in the severity of the disease,” Walensky said. “Will this variant avoid our vaccines and treatments?”

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