Dallas County reports record numbers for both COVID-19 admissions and new cases Tuesday along with a further 14 deaths.
The county reported a record 3,549 positive cases on Tuesday, which was 350 more than their previously high grade, but also record 1,226 COVID-19 patients who were in county hospitals by Monday night. They also reported 462 ER visits on Monday for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
Of the reported cases on Monday, the county said 2,979 were confirmed cases and 570 were probable (antigen test) cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county from March 2020 to 197,359, and the number of probable (antigen test) cases to 25,276 . The total number of confirmed and probable cases in the county now stands at 222,635. Over the past seven days, Dallas officials have reported 1
County officials said Monday that there have been 1,791 deaths in the county attributed to the virus since March 2020. The 14 victims announced Tuesday include people whose ages range from 40s to 80s, all of whom were hospitalized and who were residents of Dallas, Highland Park Mesquite and DeSoto.
When the deaths were announced Tuesday, the city of Dallas has now lost 1,000 residents to the virus since March 2020.
“We are in our toughest time for COVID proliferation. Activities that seemed safe to you weeks ago are much less safe now,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement Tuesday. “A lot of focus is on vaccine now, as it should be, but the job of ensuring orderly and rapid vaccination falls on a few of us in the field of emergency and health care. The job of keeping safe and keeping the spread of COVID down falls on everyone you.”
COVID-19 VACCINE INSERT
In partnership with the state Department of Health, Dallas County opened a large-scale vaccine hub in Fair Park on Monday, where they planned to administer up to 2,000 vaccines a day for those in Phases 1A and 1B. The vaccination center does not accept walk-ups and you must have an appointment to be vaccinated. Sign up for an appointment at the link below. The county also plans to deliver vaccines to two other locations in the county where they can administer an additional 1,000 vaccines a day.
The vaccine is currently administered only to those who are part of Phases 1A and 1B, as described by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Those in Phase 1A are frontline health professionals or residents in long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes those over the age of 65, or people over the age of 16 with a chronic medical condition that puts them at risk for serious illness.
Once vaccinated, people are expected to reach a certain level within a few weeks after the first shot, but full protection may not be possible until a few weeks after the second shot. Even when fully vaccinated, it is still possible to become infected with the virus, as the vaccine does not provide 100% protection.