HARRIS COUNTY, Texas– Harris County Judge Linda Hidalgo announced the first omicron variant related death in Houston county during a news conference Monday.

This came after Hidalgo raised the COVID-19 threat level in the area from yellow to orange, according to a tweet.

Judge Hidalgo said the patient was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions. She added that he was not vaccinated.

Hidalgo stressed that those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly the booster, should get it as soon as possible due to a rise in COVID cases.

(KETK and Sage Sowels contributed to this report.)