As of 1:00 pm, September 20, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,196 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 991 confirmed cases and 205 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 321,030 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 55,774 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 4,526 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

High Risk Transmission Level Red
High Risk Transmission Level Red

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 took place at Fair Park through September 18. Once the State Fair of Texas opens, DCHHS will make the vaccine available every day the State Fair is open, from 10 am – 6 pm.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A woman in her 40’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She was critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 40’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She was critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Desoto. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Sachse. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 90’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired at home 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 36 (week ending 9/11/21) was 998, which is a rate of 37.9 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 9/11/2021, about 69% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 88% of residents age 65 years and older; 75% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 64% of residents 25-39 years of age; 54% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 49% 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, Highland Park, and Irving, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. About 83% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 36 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 8,379 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 383 (4.6%) were hospitalized and 63 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 9/11/2021 (CDC week 36), 13.1% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 36, 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 (3.2%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (35%), and RSV (14%). There are currently 69 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,589 residents and 2,722 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,157 have been hospitalized and 830 have died. About 19% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 17 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 722 residents and 241 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 report 1,196 new cases and 14 deaths. A recent Dallas Morning News poll indicates that 25% of unvaccinated respondents were unlikely to get a COVID-19 vaccine. With more than 70% of all eligible people in Dallas County having received at least one shot, we are running out of people who are accepting the livesaving vaccine that not only protects them, but will help end the pandemic for all of us. In order for the pandemic to get behind us, a private business must lead the way through employer-required vaccination efforts. And all of us must continue to be respectful but have courageous conversations with our loved ones so that as a community and a nation, we can put COVID behind us,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins,” 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:

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:

For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/