As of 12:00 pm January 31, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,696 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 1,202 confirmed cases, and 494 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 444,206 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 93,110 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,760 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.
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 from January 11 through July 17. A vaccination clinic is open at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9 am-6 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will also take place at Fair Park on Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm, starting November 21st, 2021.
The additional deaths being reported today include the following:
- A man in his 20’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He had been hospitalized 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 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 60’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 Garland. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Sachse. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 90’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
To date, a total of 1,096 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 162 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 864 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 14 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon); 20 cases of P.1 (Gamma); 9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 2 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). Two hundred and twenty cases have been hospitalized and 38 have died. Nineteen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and eighty people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/28/2022, a total of 20,822 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 3 (week ending 1/22/22), which is a weekly rate of 790 new cases per 100,000 residents.
As of the week ending 1/22/2022, about 79% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 97% of residents age 65 years and older; 85% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 76% of residents 25-39 years of age; 65% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 60% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Addison, Coppell, Highland Park, Irving, and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the cities of Cedar Hill, Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, Lancaster, and University Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (See below)
About 55.3% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 3 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 27,943 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 2,316 (7.6%) were hospitalized and 396 have died due to COVID-19.
Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/22/2022 (CDC week 3), 37.0% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 3, 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 (4.36%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (17.38%), and RSV (3.36%).
There are currently 89 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,864 residents and 3,970 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,252 have been hospitalized and 863 have died. About 16% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. There have been 12 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 840 residents and 295 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.
“Our numbers of Omicron cases are going down slightly, but our hospitalizations are still high. Now is not the time to quit wearing masks at school, as the number of cases among children continue to increase. How quickly we come down from Omicron is largely dependent on the actions we take over the next two weeks. Wear your mask when in indoor activities outside your own home. Get vaccinated if you have not already and get boosted if you’re vaccinated, but have yet to be received your booster. With the weather getting colder, more people will be indoors, which adds to the likelihood of spread. Whenever possible, take events, outdoors and maintain six foot distance when outdoors and unmasked. On another note, now’s the time to check your supplies for winter weather and prepare for the possibility of a power outage. We do not expect a power outage, but you should plan for one and hope for the best,” 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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