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When will omicron plateau? (Jan. 7, 2022)

On Friday’s show: The City of Houston’s health authority Dr. David Persse joins us with answers. Also we learn how often asylum cases in Houston are denied, and we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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On Friday’s show: The omicron variant of the COVID virus continues to upend daily life. Studies suggest that it isn't as severe as other variants, but it is much more transmissible. The positivity rate and seven-day average of new cases is higher than at any point in the pandemic so far. And more cases means more hospitalizations.

So, how much worse can this new wave get, and when will it plateau? The City of Houston’s health authority Dr. David Persse joins us with answers.

Also this hour: Asylum cases in Houston get denied frequently. We examine why.

Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, including the use of sheep to encourage vaccination and raining fish in Texarkana.

And we hear a preview of a conversation about Black-owned radio stations from this week’s edition of I See U with Eddie Robinson.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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