LUBBOCK, Texas – The city of Lubbock confirmed the first official case of Omicron on Tuesday. The following is a city statement.
COVID Omicron variant confirmed in Lubbock
Texas Tech University’s Bioterrorism Response Lab has informed the Lubbock City Public Health Department of lab results confirming the omicron COVID-19 variant. The individuals were tested at the city-sponsored test site on December 14 and 16, 2021, and subsequent genotyping analysis identified the omicron variant. These are the first confirmed cases of the variant in the Lubbock area.
Omicron is highly transmissible and has the potential to make many people sick at the same time, which can overwhelm local medical resources. The Department of Health expects the number of local cases to increase in the coming weeks. To help reduce this flare-up, everyone is encouraged to stay home or wear a mask if you’ve been exposed and get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID.
All three vaccines protect against COVID-19 and its variants, and are available from the health department, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and community clinics. Anyone five years of age and over can and should be vaccinated.
This week, the Lubbock Town Mini Hub, located at 2801 50th Street, will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. COVID-19 driving tests on the south side of the mini-hub will run Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary for vaccinations or testing.