Harris County Judge Raises Threat Level to Orange as Houston Theaters Continue to Exercise Care With COVID – Houston Press

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, citing the rapid growth of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, announced today she is raising the county’s threat level from yellow to orange — the second highest alert level.

“Unfortunately, the Omicron variant has arrived in Harris County in full force,” a press release quoting Hidalgo said. “These trends are understandably frustrating — especially as we close out the year with friends and family. But we can still blunt the force of this latest wave if we take action. As we approach Christmas and New Years, consider giving yourself and your family the gift of health by getting your booster, getting tested before any gatherings of people outside of your household, and wearing a mask. It could very well save your life or that of a loved one.”

Houston’s theaters are well aware of the danger presented by Omicron which apparently can infect even fully vaccinated people. Over the weekend, both Theatre Under the Stars (The Little Mermaid) and Alley Theatre (A Christmas Carol) suspended their Saturday and Sunday performances because of positive COVID tests among their casts. Both productions are scheduled to resume this week.

Stages theater also canceled some performances of Panto Little Mermaid last week in response to a positive COVID test in the cast. The show will resume on Wednesday (December 22).  A.D. Players (The Christmas Shoes) had a couple suspected cases and had actors stand in for the roles last Thursday night, but these were false alarms. In each case the test results came back negative.

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Source: https://www.houstonpress.com/news/hidalgo-raises-harris-county-covid-threat-level-12549488

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