Delta is out…
…Omicron is in.
According to CDC data, 73% of new cases in the United States were Omicron.
The omicron variant has overtaken delta as the dominant coronavirus variant in the United States: As of Friday, more than 73 percent of new cases in the country were caused by omicron, according to data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted Monday.
Not long after, health officials in Texas announced what is thought to be the first omicron-related death in the United States. The Harris County Public Health department, which serves Houston, said the unvaccinated man was older than 50 and had contracted the coronavirus twice.
He had other underlying health conditions, the officials said in a statement. His death was reported to the department Monday afternoon.
For the week ending Dec. 18, the CDC data found that the prevalence of the delta variant fell to just over 26 percent. Delta had been the dominant variant in the U.S. since July.
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