Texas Hospital Reports First Case of Lambda COVID-19 Variant

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Houston’s Methodist Hospital
Houston’s Methodist Hospital

Just as discussion of the Delta COVID-19 variant and its unknowns are taking the U.S. by storm, another variant is seeping in. A Houston, Texas hospital reported its very first case of the Lambda COVID-19 variant.

The World Health Organization has categorized Lambda as a “variant of interest” as it has been detected in 29 countries. It was first detected in Peru almost a year ago in August of 2020. From April through June of 2021, the variant made up 81% of the COVID-19 cases in Peru.

Houston’s Methodist Hospital reported its first case of Lambda Monday. As of last week, the eight hospitals in its network had only about 100 COVID-19 patients; as of Monday, however, that number rose to 185.

According to a statement released by the hospital Monday, the majority of those infected were unvaccinated, and among the infections, the delta variant accounted for about 85%.

“We’re seeing an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases across the Houston area, with the steepest increase happening over the weekend,” said Houston Methodists’ statement. “The increased hospitalizations add stress to many of our hospitals that are nearing capacity.”

Dr. Wesley Long, medical director of Diagnostic Microbiology at Houston Methodist told ABC News “I don’t think there’s sufficient evidence at this point that we should be more concerned about lambda than delta, I still think delta is the primary concern for us. There’s a lot more evidence that we have that delta is much more contagious, the viral loads are much higher.”

Long also noted that although the hospital has seen its positivity rate increase and hospitalizations rise, the situation on the ground is still “far below” the winter peak.

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  1. All of those illegal immigrants flooding across our border is bringing COVID-19 back with a vengeance! I wish the Biden Administration didn’t hate us so much that they don’t care! Instead they are flying and busing them to all of the red states! May God judge them harshly for what they are doing to our country!

  2. Unless these ‘variants’ were already created, how do the researchers/doctors know what comprises them or makes them different? Our ER says they don’t have tests to determine one from another, so they treat everything as Covid-19.

  3. The Democrat’s need all this so they can “shut-in” voters and reopen vote by mail, the “undocumented” and coerce them to vote and vote Democratic. Such a mess, open boarders, shipping illegals, undocumented, by bus, plane, and “reunite” any fool can see what’s going on here. Perhaps my terminology is not correct, but my point IS. We the people are NOT as stupid as the dem’s think. Only problem is Biden will now have to “create” a National Police Force to quell We the people. Yaw, it’s just like the Civil War?

  4. So Biden moves thousands of Illegal Aliens into Houston & every city in the Country,,, then they start screaming more Covid,, … Democrats want US to shut down again before mid term elections .. if it was about Health. Biden’s Minions would be letting in 500000 Unvetted Illegals…

  5. So Biden moves thousands of Illegal Aliens into Houston & every city in the Country,,, then they start screaming more Covid,, … Democrats want US to shut down again before mid term elections .. if it was about Health. Biden’s Minions wouldn’t be letting in 500000 Unvetted Illegals…

  6. Stop the foreign invasion of people and diseases. The Biden administration is bent on killing Americans using a variety of devices. In this case it is Murder by Covid. As a nurse working near the Southern border we have experienced people coming across with many diseases Americans had conquered over the years. The Biden administration is bringing those and more inside our borders on purpose. Why do we not have strong men and women stopping this? No one is immune except by the grace of God. As long as good men stand by and allow evil men to kill innocent people we have no countrymen with courage or faith in God. May God forgive the lack of faith in Him among lovers of our nation. The world depends upon America 🇺🇸. America ‘s survival depends upon God.

  7. Would Trump Better for America…. World greatest power in modern Times ?
    Any answer with impartiality ?

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