As of 3:00 pm, August 30, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,110 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 882 confirmed cases and 228 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 298,289 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 50,579 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 4,322 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s press release includes the new case totals accumulated from Friday. Tomorrow’s press release will include the numbers of new cases from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated January 11 through July 17. A pop-up vaccination clinic at Fair Park will take place on Saturdays through September 18, from 8 am – 2 pm in Lot 13 for Pfizer first and second doses.
The additional deaths being reported today include the following:
- A man in his 50’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
A man in his 60’s was a resident of the City of Duncanville. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
To date, a total of 205 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern have been identified in residents of Dallas County, including 146 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variants; three B.1.351 (Beta) variants; thirty-six B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants; and twenty P.1 (Gamma) variants. Twenty-three have been hospitalized and four have died. One fully vaccinated patient subsequently became ill from B.1.1.7 infection and died. The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 33 (week ending 8/21/21) was 1,172, which is a rate of 44.5 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.
As of the week ending 8/21/2021, about 66% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 87% of residents age 65 years and older; 72% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 61% of residents 25-39 years of age; 50% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 45% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Coppell and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In the cities of Addison and Highland Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (See below). About 86% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 33 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 6,544 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 204 (3.1%) were hospitalized and 29 have died due to COVID-19.
Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 8/21/2021 (CDC week 33), 15.8% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 33, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (4.6%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (25%), and RSV (21%). There are currently 62 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,469 residents and 2,574 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,138 have been hospitalized and 824 have died. About 19% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.
There have been nineteen outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 684 residents and 232 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php.
Local health experts use hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ER visits as three of the key indicators as part of determining the COVID-19 Risk Level (color-coded risk) and corresponding guidelines for activities during our
COVID-19 response. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.
“Today we have 996 COVID patients in Dallas County hospitals. The trend continues to go upward for both hospitalizations and positive COVID cases, with 1,110 COVID cases and 5 deaths being reported for Friday. Hospital staffing is still very tight, with all our hospitals continuing to hire traveling nurses and other contractors to fill the increased demand. Wait times for infusions for COVID patients are lengthening and it is very important that we all do what we can to control the spread of COVID to avoid needing medical care. With insurers reinstituting cost sharing for COVID, medical bills that would easily take up your entire deductible and maximum out of pocket are yet another reason to accept a free vaccine that is safe and effective in protecting against serious cases of COVID. If you’re unvaccinated it’s not a question of if you’ll get COVID, but, rather, when. And should you require treatment it can get very expensive very quickly. Vaccines and testing are free options, please utilize them to decrease spread. Even for those who get COVID and are fortunate enough to have an asymptomatic case, we know the Delta variant on average is spread to at least five people for every person who gets it,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php
Specific Guidance for the Public:
- Dallas County COVID-19 Related Health Guidance for the Public
- Dallas County Measures for Protecting An Institution’s Workforce from COVID-19 Infection: Employer/Employee Guidance
- Dallas County Guidance for Individuals at High-Risk for Severe COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
- Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands. Immediately wash your hands.
- Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Additional information is available at the following websites:
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