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List: Confirmed omicron cases reported in these Houston-area counties

The first reported case was in northwest Harris County. As of Dec. 16, people in at least four other nearby counties have tested positive for the variant.

TEXAS, USA — Health officials are confirming more cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 across the Greater Houston area. 

The first reported case in Texas was detected in Harris County on Dec 6. As of Dec 16, at least three counties in the Houston area have confirmed cases of the variant that was first reported in South Africa.

Editor's note: The video in this story originally aired on Dec. 9

City of Houston

Dec. 8: Houston Methodist reported its first eight cases of the omicron variant that were discovered through genome sequencing testing. 

Dec. 9: Houston Methodist reported a ninth case. All nine of those infected tested positive for COVID-19 in early December. The hospital didn't say whether the patients were vaccinated or how severe their cases are. They did say the patients live all over the city. 

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“It is clear Omicron has been in Houston since at least Nov. 29 based on wastewater sampling, but it was likely here sooner,” said Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the City of Houston. “This timeline is remarkable since South Africa’s rise in cases began the week of Nov. 13 and the World Health Organization identified it as a variant of concern on Nov. 24.”

Dec. 10: The Houston Health Department reported two additional cases of the omicron variant: A woman in her 20s and a male in his 30s. Neither had traveled recently. No other details were given.

Dec. 11: Houston Methodist reported another 12 cases of omicron, bringing the total from the hospital system to 31. 

Harris County

Dec. 6: Harris County reported the first case in Texas on Dec. 6. County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the woman is in her 40s, lives in the northwest part of the county, and hadn't traveled recently.

RELATED: Woman in NW Harris County tests positive for omicron COVID variant, Judge Hidalgo says

Fort Bend County

The first confirmed cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 have also been reported in Fort Bend County, according to the health department there.

All three people had received two COVID-19 vaccines, but not a booster, and reported only mild symptoms. They all said they hadn't traveled recently.

RELATED: Three cases of omicron variant confirmed in Fort Bend County, health department says

Galveston County

The Galveston County Health District reported that county's first known case of the omicron COVID-19 variant on Dec 10.

Health officials said that a man between 41-50 years old tested positive for the variant. According to the district, he is immunocompromised and fully vaccinated. He also has no travel history.

It hasn't been confirmed if the man is showing any symptoms or has been hospitalized.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Public Health confirmed on Dec 16 that two county residents make up some of the omicron cases identified by Houston Methodist. At this time, no other information is available.

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