Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the county’s first omicron-related death during a news conference Monday.
This comes hours after she raised the COVID-19 threat level from yellow to orange.
In a news conference, Hidalgo, alongside other Houston-area labor leaders said that the patient was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.
The man was not vaccinated, Hidalgo added. The patient was also receiving Regeneron as a treatment for the illness.
Hidalgo stressed that those who have not received the vaccine, especially the booster shot, should get it as soon as possible as COVID-19 cases rise.
“It’s the best gift you could possibly give to your family,” she said.