By now, you probably know at least a dozen people in your social circle who have recently tested positive from the omicron variant of COVID-19, and most of them recovered quickly with little fanfare.
But does that mean you shouldn’t try to avoid catching it?
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Many families balanced work with teaching their children at home when the COVID-19 pandemic caused schools and businesses to shutter in March of 2020.Read more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week recommended immunocompromised children between 5 and 11 receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine dose 28 days after their second dose.Read more
Before students returned to classes this week and amid a surge in COVID-19 cases attributed to the Omicron variant, Highland Park ISD sent a message to students and staff to “strongly encourage the wearing of facial coverings” for the first couple weeks after returning from break.
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Dallas ISD will delay a switch to a “mask recommended” policy, and Medical City Healthcare says 60% of its ECMO cases last year were COVID-19 patients.
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As the omicron COVID-19 variant, which was discovered in North Texas last week, continues to spread, health experts are learning more about it.Read more
Superintendent Hinojosa announced Friday that Dallas ISD’s mask mandate will remain in effect until Martin Luther King Day, which falls on Jan. 17.
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Throughout the pandemic, Texas has spent nearly $7 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money for temporary nurses, therapists, and doctors to maintain operations at hospitals and “alternate care sites,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
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ICU beds in Texas hospitals remain near capacity despite declines since the peak of the summer surge attributed to the delta variant in August.
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According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, during the month of September, Texans not vaccinated against COVID-19 were about 20 times more likely to suffer a COVID-19-associated death and 13 times more likely to test positive than people who were fully vaccinated.Read more
The family of Carol Wilson Watkins remembers a mother and grandmother who died early in pandemic in the first of our ongoing series, “Pandemic Made Personal.”
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