Three Cases of the ‘Omicron’ Variant (B.1.1.529) of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nueces County Confirmed
CORPUS CHRISTI TX - The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District has received notification from the Department of State Health Services that there are three cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Nueces County.
The patients are three males, two between the ages of 20 and 30, and one between 60 and 70. One patient is fully recovered and back at work. The other two are pending follow-up. All the patients were fully vaccinated with their primary series when they became ill in December. None of the individuals had received their booster shot. They were tested and found to be breakthrough cases, and the specimens were sent off for genomic testing to determine if they had the Omicron variant.
While the Omicron variant is relatively new, the CDC emphasizes current vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) still protect against infection by the Omicron variant, especially for those that receive their booster dose. “Breakthrough” infections of those vaccinated are possible, but symptoms have generally been milder and hospitalizations less frequent compared to those not vaccinated.
All Nueces County residents must make every effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here are Public Health strategies we should all be following:
• Individuals that are not fully vaccinated should still wear a mask in public (including children)
• Fully vaccinated individuals that are immunocompromised should wear a mask in public
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Don’t go to work sick.
• Get vaccinated as soon as eligible.
• Those who are fully vaccinated should get their booster dose.
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