As of 12:00 pm January 05, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 4,800 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 3,737 confirmed cases, and 1,063 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 372,252 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 70,123 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,575 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s reporting is of COVID-19 data received from Saturday, January 1st through Tuesday, January 4th.
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. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will take place at Fair Park on Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm, starting November 21, 2021.
The additional deaths being reported today include the following:
- A woman in her 20’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 30’s who was a resident of the City of Rowlett. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 40’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 40’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A woman in her 50’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 man in his 50’s who 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 60’s who was a resident of the City of Carrollton. 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 Coppell. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
To date, a total of 723 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 151 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 509 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 11 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon); 19 cases of P.1 (Gamma); 9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 14 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and fifty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 16 have died. Fifteen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. One hundred and eighty-four people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 12/31/2021, a total of 9,042 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 51 (week ending 12/25/21), which is a weekly rate of 343.0 new cases per 100,000 residents.
As of the week ending 12/18/2021, about 77% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 96% of residents age 65 years and older; 83% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 73% of residents 25-39 years of age; 62% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 57% 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 Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, 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 68.0% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 50 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 21,890 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 779 (3.6%) were hospitalized and 208 have died due to COVID-19.
Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 12/25/2021 (CDC week 51), 24.3% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 51, 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 (5.48%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (26.85%) and RSV (5.31%).
There are currently 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,203 have been hospitalized and 857 have died. About 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.
There have been 7 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 789 residents and 264 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’s numbers are 4,800 new cases and 10 deaths. This is a four-day total. We are dramatically increasing testing opportunities here in Dallas County in response to the Omicron variant. We began preparation for these testing sites before the Christmas holidays. Today we opened a drive through site at Ellis Davis field house near I-30 and Polk in Southern Dallas County. This site as well as the previously opened sites at Mountain View and Richland campuses and Amelia Court will remain open at least through February. Tomorrow, Thursday, Samuell Grand aquatic center drive-through testing site will open. Early next week, we’ll open sites at north lake campus and Thurgood Marshall Rec center, and Wednesday we will open testing operations at Fair Park. Additionally, we are looking for sites in Garland, Irving, and Mesquite. Finally, we have asked for the federal government for assistance and they are sending testing capabilities as well. It’s going to be very important with Omicron that you know your status and that if you’re feeling at all sick with any symptoms of the coronavirus that you stay home until you can be tested. Appointments are required at the Parkland and Samuell Grand location and recommended at any other location. Check the traffic at the locations, as some locations are very busy and some are not nearly as busy. It’s also important that we wear our mask in indoor public settings outside our own home during this Omicron spike as well as wearing mask outdoors, where spacing cannot be had. The best mask to combat against Omicron is a N95 or KN95. The next best is a surgical mask and the third best is a cloth mask. Wearing a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it is nearly as effective as wearing a KN95. The reason for this is the cloth mask helps the surgical mask have a better seal with your face. We can’t do everything, but we all can do our part. Get vaccinated, get boosted, and wear your mask,” 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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