As of 4:00 pm August 5, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,311 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 1,179 confirmed cases, and 132 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 276,079 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 45,964 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 4,220 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided over 497,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated from 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 40’s who was a resident of the City of Seagoville. 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 Mesquite. He 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 expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. She expired in the facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
To date, a total of 193 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; twenty-five B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants; and nineteen P.1 (Gamma) variants. Twenty-one have been hospitalized and three 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 29 (week ending 7/24/21), was 525, which is a rate of 19.9 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.
As of the week ending 7/24/2021, about 59% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including: 85% of residents age 65 years and older; 67% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 53% of residents 25-39 years of age; 43% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 32% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Coppell and Sunnyvale, greater than 88% 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, about 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (See below)About 84% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 30 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 2,676 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 325 (12.1%) were hospitalized and 34 have died due to COVID-19.
Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 7/24/21 (CDC week 29), 12.0% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 29, 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 (9.1%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (20%) and RSV (37%). There are currently 31 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,416 residents and 2,513 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,131 have been hospitalized and 814 have died. About 20% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. There have been three 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 642 residents and 226 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 1,311 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths. Our numbers are increasing rapidly, both in cases and in hospitalizations. Leadership is lacking from the Governor and our elected state leaders and I call on them to follow the recommendations of Texas doctors and the CDC. The Governor has no right or authority to pass an edict telling business or schools they cannot require scientifically based measures like masking in their buildings.
Every business and every entity needs to listen to the strong recommendations from the CDC and from local doctors in determining what recommendations and requirements they will have for their workforce and those that visit their institutions. Local government cannot do this alone. Businesses should consider how they best will require the recommendations of the CDC to keep their workforce and their customers safe. Individuals and families should follow the advice of the CDC as well.
We know that to defeat the COVID virus, we must get more people vaccinated. Vaccination is imperative to defeat COVID before it breaks out of the protections afforded by the vaccine, and lengthens the pandemic unnecessarily exposing all of us, including millions of vaccinated Americans, to a new heightened risk. The recommendations are clear: get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so and wear a mask in indoor settings outside your home.
The question for those of us in leadership, whether it be in the public or private sector, is how best to help that to happen as quickly as possible. For my part, I will follow the science and I encourage you to do the same. We must all work together with our doctors and our scientists to end this COVID pandemic. For those who lack the grit to lead in this critical moment, I ask that they take no action to impede public health and those dedicated to keeping our population safe,” 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.
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