Daily COVID-19 cases in half of Texas’ 254 counties have reached a “turning point” ahead of Thanksgiving, according to data released by Harvard University.
Harvard’s tool maps coronavirus risks by state and county according to the number of daily new cases per year. 100,000 people over the last seven days.
The map shows four colors that represent the COVID-19 risk level in each county. Green means the county is on track to contain the virus, yellow indicates spread in the community, orange represents accelerated spread, and red means the county has reached a turning point where home orders would be needed to stop the spread.
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The cases are concentrated mostly in the western part of the state, including El Paso and Lubbock counties.
Ochiltree County, which has a population of about 10,000 in North Texas, has the most daily new cases per capita. 100,000 people with an average of 254.2 in the last week, data show.
Brewster County in southwest Texas has the second most daily cases with 200.2 per. 100,000 people, while the Lubbock suburb of Hale County has 195.6.
There have been more than 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in Texas and 20,565 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Despite the rise in cases and deaths in November, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday he rules out another state lockout. The state registered more than 12,000 new cases on Thursday – by far the most since the pandemic began.
Surges in big cities
El Paso performs worst among major cities in Texas, data from Harvard show. The county has an average of 1,386 cases per. Day during the last seven days with 165.1 new daily cases per. 100,000 people, according to the data.
County officials have called for immediate employment of workers to move hundreds of bodies inside nine temporary cold stores, the El Paso Times reported.
“We do not have staff,” El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told The Texas Tribune. “We are at a point where we are starting to think about rationing healthcare – who gets what? We’re not there yet, but we’m pretty close to it. ”
Harvard data show that there are 460 new cases daily in Lubbock County, with a population of about 278,000. Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope announced Wednesday that all major city and athletic facilities will be closed for the rest of the year, according to EverythingLubbock.com.
“We are in trouble,” said the county health officer, Dr. Ron Cook, Associated Press reported.
Tarrant County is also in the red with 41.8 daily new cases per day per. 100,000 inhabitants. Tarrant, which includes Forth Worth, reported 1,777 new cases Thursday, Star-Telegram reported.
Parker County just west of Tarrant County as well as eastern neighbor Dallas County are also in the “tipping point” category, data from Harvard show. Johnson County, which borders Tarrant to the south, is in the red category along with one of the two northern boundaries, Wise County.
The Georgia Institute of Technology released a map to help assess the risk of at least one person testing positive for COVID-19 at your Thanksgiving party.
A gathering of 50 people in Tarrant County represents a 74% chance that at least one person will receive COVID-19, data from Georgia Tech show. An event size of 10 people represents a 24% chance.
In El Paso, Hale, Jones, Childress and Gray counties, there is more than a 99% chance that someone in a collection of 50 people will get the virus, according to university data.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended that people not travel to Thanksgiving, but rather only celebrate with people in your own household.
There was an increase in coronavirus cases in Canada after Thanksgiving on October 12, McClatchy News reported.