As of 2:00 pm April 17, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 292 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 191 confirmed cases, and 101 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 255,013 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 40,530 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,794 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is providing initial vaccinations to those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 and over 368,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which started operations on Monday, January 11. Vaccine operations resumed today at Fair Park and are open until 5pm.
The additional deaths being reported today include the following:
- A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He expired in an area hospital ED and did not have any 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 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 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 60’s who was a resident of the City of Balch Springs. She expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 60’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Garland. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 70’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Desoto. He expired in a facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Balch Springs. He had been hospitalized 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 an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Desoto. She expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
To date, a total of 57 cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7; six cases of B.1.429 variants; and one case of a B.1.526 variant have been identified in residents of Dallas County. Four have been hospitalized with 2 requiring intensive care unit admission. Seven had history of recent domestic travel outside of Texas. One case of B.1.1.7 is a likely instance of reinfection with COVID-19, occurring over 6 months after an initial PCR-confirmed infection. The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 14 was 224, which is a rate of 8.5 daily new cases per 100,000 residents. Of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals in week 14 (week ending 4/10/21), 9.0% of respiratory specimens tested positive SARS-CoV-2.
During the past 30 days, there were 1,083 COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and staff reported from 359 separate K-12 schools in Dallas County. Of the cases reported over the past month, 116 have been associated with youth sports. There are currently 25 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,315 residents and 2,440 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,058 have been hospitalized and 740 have died. About 20% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. Seven outbreaks of COVID-19 in congregate-living facilities (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) have been reported in the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 530 residents and 215 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed summary reports updated Tuesday and Friday evenings are 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. There were 217 COVID-19 patients in acute care in Dallas County for the period ending on April 16. The number of emergency room visits for COVID-19 like symptoms in Dallas County was 352 for the same time-period, which represents around 13 percent of all emergency department visits in the county according to information reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. Please continue to do your part to reduce spread. Masking, social distancing and avoiding gatherings, as well as getting your vaccination. Removal of some restrictions by the CDC is still very limited for those who are vaccinated, and medium and large gatherings especially indoors should still be avoided by all individuals regardless of vaccination status. Updated UTSW forecasting reflects a decrease within their model with hospitalizations between 130-170 and daily case counts of 250 by May 3rd. Modeling indicates if there are major changes to personal behaviors, such as not masking or social distancing, that we could see substantial surge. You can find additional information on risk-level monitoring data here.
“Today we report an additional 292 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths. For the week, we’ve had 97 reported deaths which is a decrease from last week. Our provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases by date of test collection for CDC week 14 was 224, which is a rate of 8.5 daily new cases per 100,000 residents. This is up from the 202 daily case average from last week.
“It is important that everyone gets their vaccine as soon as possible. Vaccine is the most effective way to end the COVID-19 pandemic. There is now enough vaccine for everyone and we are administering vaccines at Fair Park to persons who want it without an appointment and without the need to pre-register. It is still faster to spend the two to three minutes to register online before coming down, but for those who have not done so, we will get them registered in the parking lot and get them a shot. There is no reason to wait to get vaccinated. Vaccination protects you and your family and is a patriotic act to end the COVID-19 epidemic in America,” 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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