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Dallas County reported 10 COVID related deaths and 484 new cases today, Monday

by | Mar 22, 2021 | Latest

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 10 deaths and 484 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 22. The county has reported 3,394 total deaths to date. The total confirmed cases are 250,531.

The county is also reporting a total of 37,812 probable COVID cases.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is providing initial vaccinations to those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Since starting vaccinations, 197,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which started operations on Monday, January 11.  According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of March 21, 38% of individuals 65 and older are fully vaccinated in Dallas County. Vaccine operations for both first and second doses at Fair Park resumed today.

The additional deaths reported include:

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 did not have underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Cedar Hill. 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 of Garland. She had been hospitalized and did not have 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 Irving. He expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of DeSoto. He 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 a long-term care facility in the City of Garland. She expired in the facility and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Addison. She expired at home 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 hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.

The city of Sachse has reported 2,146 COVID-19 cases through, March 22. New Dallas County cases include a 38 and 46-year-old female and a 5 and 41-year-old-male.

To date, a total of 14 cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 and one case of a B.1.526 variant have been identified in residents of Dallas County. One was hospitalized and five had history of recent domestic travel outside of Texas. The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 10 was 257, which is a rate of 9.7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 remains high, with 6.9% of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals testing positive in week 10 (week ending 3/13/21).

An outbreak of 41 cases of COVID-19 has been reported today among high school students who attended a dance and dinner on March 13th. An additional 9 COVID-19 cases among students and coaches have been reported associated with outbreaks in 2 high school basketball teams. During the past 30 days, there were 1,297 COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and staff reported from 425 separate K-12 schools in Dallas County. There are currently 25 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,255 residents and 2,359 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,002 have been hospitalized and 656 have died. About 22% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. Thirteen 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.

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 194 COVID-19 patients in acute care in Dallas County for the period ending on Friday, March 19. The number of emergency room visits for COVID 19 like symptoms in Dallas County was 300 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. These numbers will be updated tomorrow.

Updated UTSW forecasting indicates hospitalizations between 180-290 and daily case counts of 560 by April 5.

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