The case in Williamson County comes a week after three people in Austin and Travis County tested positive for the omicron variant.
WCCHD asks the community to prevent the spread of germs by wearing masks, following social distancing, staying home if sick, and getting fully vaccinated and receiving the booster dose. Additionally, as the holidays approach, WCCHD advises the community to get tested prior to gathering or traveling.
“Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging,” said Dr. Amanda Norwood, local health authority and WCCHD medical director, in the release. “COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death. Everyone 5 years and older are encouraged to protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated, and everyone ages 16 years and older should get a booster shot when eligible.”
The omicron variant will likely spread more quickly than the original COVID-19 variant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC expects current COVID-19 vaccines will prevent against serious illness, hospitalizations and death due to an omicron infection. However, more data is needed to determine how easily the virus spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and how effective current vaccines and medications are at preventing and treating it, according to the CDC.
COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout Williamson County at WCCHD clinics, pharmacies, medical offices and community clinics, according to the release. To schedule an appointment with WCCHD, call 512-943-3600 or visit www.wcchd.org/covid-19.