The first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Texas has been identified in the Houston area | Houston Public Media

James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial at the COVID-19 on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. A Harris County woman has tested positive for the COVID-19 omicron variant, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said on Monday. It’s the first case of the rapidly … Read more

Update on the omicron variant – here’s what we know so far | Houston Public Media

A health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk. What do we know so far about the omicron variant? How sick does it … Read more

Fauci says early reports about the COVID-19 omicron variant are encouraging | Houston Public Media

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. U.S. health officials said Sunday, Dec. 5 that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be … Read more

With omicron looming over the holidays, here’s how to stay safe | Houston Public Media

Maria Smolnitcaia, 52, is a singer living on a TB ward in Balti, Moldova. Smolnitcaia says “When we take the pills, we feel worse. I’m losing my hearing a little. I feel pain in my bones, in my whole body.” Here we go again. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to … Read more

Texas abortion rights opponents are optimistic the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade | Houston Public Media

A group of anti-abortion protesters pray together in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability. Opponents of abortion rights in Texas were more optimistic about … Read more

California has reported the first U.S. case of the omicron variant | Houston Public Media

The first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., health officials said on Wednesday. The case was detected in a person in California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22,” the CDC said in … Read more

There’s a Santa shortage just weeks before Christmas | Houston Public Media

Meg Crady, left, and her husband Charlie Crady have been performing as Mrs. and Mr. Claus since 1987. Santas are in short supply this year. HireSanta, a Texas company that books Santa Claus actors for appearances across the country, is seeing fewer Santas available to spread holiday cheer, according to CEO Mich Allen. There’s been … Read more

Judge blocks Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers after Texas, other states sue | Houston Public Media

Protesters rallied against Houston Methodist Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate outside the Baytown facility on June 7, 2021. Several employees who chose not to inoculate themselves worked their last shift that day and were facing job termination, a policy criticized by the protesters as unfair and unauthorized. A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Biden administration’s … Read more