Sachse Bond Leaderboard

Dallas County reports eight COVID-related deaths today, Tuesday

by | Dec 8, 2020 | Latest

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported eight deaths and 1,105 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, Dec 8.  The county reported 1,245 total deaths to date. The total confirmed cases are 137,797.

The county is also reporting a total of 13,797 probable cases and 39 probable deaths.

The additional deaths today include:

A man in his 20’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City DeSoto. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City Dallas. She 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 Grand Prairie. 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 Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City Garland. She 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 Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

The city of Sachse reported 41 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. The total to date is now 824 for the city and includes, in Dallas County, a 2, 14, 26, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 42, 48, 63, 68 and 86-year-old female and a 2, 20, 22, 25, 29, 33, 45, 51, 52, 52, 57, 63, 64 and 67-year-old male. Collin County cases include a 19, 41, 46, 49, 51 and 65-year old female and 4, 18, 39, 45, 47, 53, 57 and 57-year-old male.

The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 48 has increased to 1,069, which is a rate of 40.6 daily new cases per 100,000 residents—the highest case rate in Dallas County since the beginning of the pandemic. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 has increased, with 22.3% of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals testing positive in week 48 (week ending 11/28/20).

Since November 1, there have been 5,320 COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and staff reported from over 770 separate K-12 schools in Dallas County, including 849 staff members. Thirteen K-12 schools in Dallas County initiated temporary closures of their campuses to in-person instruction this past week due to COVID-19.

There are currently 97 active long-term care facility outbreaks. This is the highest number of long-term care facilities with active outbreaks reported in Dallas County since the beginning of the pandemic. Over the past 30 days, a total of 927 COVID-19 cases have been reported from these facilities, including 309 staff members. Of these cases 42 have been hospitalized, and 29 have died, including 2 deaths of staff members. Twenty-two 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 associated with 168 cases, including one facility with 87 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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. Of the total confirmed deaths reported to date, about 23% have been associated with long-term care facilities. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate.

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 766 COVID-19 patients in acute care in Dallas County for the period ending on Monday, December 7. The number of emergency room visits for COVID-19 like symptoms in Dallas County was 428 for the same time period, which represents around 20 percent of all emergency department visits in the county according to information reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. Our hospitals are seeing record numbers of patients and remain concerned about additional increases related to the holiday season and related activities.

On December 3, Trauma Service Area E (TSA E), which includes Dallas County and the greater Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, reached seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals, as a percentage of available hospital beds, exceeded 15 percent. According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32 (GA-32), this makes TSA E an area with high hospitalizations and certain occupancy reductions are automatically triggered by reaching this threshold.

“Today we had another 1,105 COVID positive cases and eight deaths, ranging from a man in his 20’s to a man in his 90’s. The weather will be nice the next few days and I hope that everyone will be able to get outside and exercise at a six-foot distance. Remember that when you’re not at home and inside any building, including your own office building, doctors strongly recommend that you be masked for the duration of the time that you’re in the building. Also, remember that to the extent possible, all workers should try to telecommute during this time of high community spread. Meetings with individuals outside your own home should be put off until the numbers are more in control, but should meetings occur, outdoor meetings are preferable to indoor ones. Now is a time for community sacrifice and patriotism as we work to keep not only ourselves safe but also people that we don’t even know. That’s what patriotism and making America strong is all about. I hope that you are having and will continue to have a safe and happy holiday season, said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

From Staff Reports • [email protected]

0 Comments

Related News

Collin County holds mitigation plan hearing

Collin County holds mitigation plan hearing

If the winter storm last year proved anything, it pays to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. Collin County Assistant Emergency Management Specialist Randall Gurney presented information about the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan during a Wednesday, Jan. 12...

read more
Garland ISD Sub Club rewards key staff

Garland ISD Sub Club rewards key staff

Garland ISD continues to give back to an unsung part of the teaching community, substitute teachers, as part of its longstanding Sub Club. Formed as a partnership between the Garland ISD Education Foundation and the Substitute Office of Garland ISD, the program...

read more
Library hosts Adult Reading Challenge

Library hosts Adult Reading Challenge

For those with reading as a New Year’s resolution, a returning program offers a fun, easy way to stick with it. The Sachse Public Library is bringing back its Adult Reading Challenge program for the fourth consecutive year. Residents interested in participating can...

read more
Voter registration deadline Jan. 31

Voter registration deadline Jan. 31

Texas Secretary of State John Scott reminds all eligible Texas voters to ensure they are registered to vote before the upcoming deadline. The last day to register to vote for the upcoming March 1 primary race is Jan. 31. "Registering to vote in Texas is easy and...

read more
Dallas County tax offices reopen

Dallas County tax offices reopen

The Dallas County Tax Office reopened all branch locations to serve the public Tuesday, Jan. 18 after closing its offices Tuesday, Jan. 11. Each of the seven offices is committed to providing a safe environment that will allow residents to conduct their business...

read more
Garland ISD choice of school window open

Garland ISD choice of school window open

As a choice of school district, Garland ISD allows parents to elect which school they want their children to attend. Each year, GISD has a winter selection window for parents to select preferred schools through the district's Skyward Family Access platform. This...

read more
New maps take effect Jan. 18

New maps take effect Jan. 18

Following the 2020 Census, the Texas Legislature completed the important task of redrawing the electoral maps to be used over the next decade. Three new laws are set to take effect Jan. 18 following their approval during the 87th Legislature. House Bill 1, which sets...

read more
Sachse addresses countywide spike in COVID-19 cases

Sachse addresses countywide spike in COVID-19 cases

Regular operations continue to be the norm for school and city officials as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to climb because of the omicron variant. Over 1 million new cases of COVID-19 across the U.S. were reported Monday, Jan. 3, according to data from...

read more
City, school election filing dates open Jan. 19

City, school election filing dates open Jan. 19

The filing period for May 2022 city council and school board elections opens Jan. 19 and run through Feb. 18. Councils and school boards will officially set the elections for May 7 next month. Area entities participating in spring elections include the cities of...

read more
Dallas County tax offices closing to public

Dallas County tax offices closing to public

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, Dallas County announced some of its offices would suspend in-person services. In the interest of public health, all Dallas County Tax Office locations will close to the public for face-to face transactions until...

read more