Down to 17 ICU beds, Dallas County posts record 2,512 coronavirus cases and — yet again — 30 deaths
Updated at 5pm to add data from status.
Dallas County reported a record 2,512 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, all of which were considered new. And just like the day before, 30 new COVID-19 deaths were also announced.
It’s the sixth time this year, the fourth time this month, and the third time in the past four days that the county has released a one-day death count of 30 deaths from the virus.
Meanwhile, Texas reported a record 22,590 one-day cases and nearly 300 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins warned in a prepared statement that the county had only 17 intensive care beds as of Wednesday – “the worst we’ve seen so far,” he wrote.
“If we hit the predicted worst-case scenarios, we will exceed our capacity,” said Jenkins, citing UT Southwestern Medical Center predictions that the county could publish up to 2,700 cases and 1,500 hospital admissions per day by Jan. 5.
“While hospitals can add beds, we can’t just add doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff,” Jenkins wrote. “Health care heroes are being asked to take in more patients and staff [who have] Not normally working in COVID units or intensive care units may be asked to provide this level of care. “
Of the deaths reported Wednesday, the youngest victim was a Dallas man in his twenties who was found dead in a house.
Fourteen other victims also came from Dallas, including a woman in their forties, two men and two women in their fifties, a man and a woman in their sixties, four men and two women in their seventies, and one man in their nineties.
Four victims came from Garland: two men and one woman in their 70s and one woman in their 100s.
Four victims came from Grand Prairie: a man in his sixties, a man and woman in his seventies, and a man in his eighties.
Two victims were from Irving and were over 70 years old. The remaining deaths were a woman from Balch Springs and a woman from Mesquite in their sixties, and a man from Cedar Hill, a man from Richardson, and a man from Sunnyvale in their seventies.
All but six victims had health problems.
Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, 1,835 are confirmed and 677 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 160,189 and the probable cases to 19,229. The county has recorded 1,544 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The county has stated that only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) are counted as likely cases. Some antibody and household results were previously considered.
While other counties in north Texas are providing estimates of how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries because the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not use this metric.
Health officials are using hospital stays, intensive care units and emergency rooms as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. In the 24-hour period that ended Tuesday, 972 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals across the county. During the same period, 562 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.
Noting UTSW’s dire forecast for daily case and hospital admissions in early January, Jenkins wrote, “Whether we hit these record highs depends entirely on the personal choices we all make over the next few days. … Now is a time of patriotism as we fight a determined and relentless enemy who is killing North Texans in record numbers. “
Across the state, 22,590 additional coronavirus cases and 294 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Wednesday.
Texas has now reported a total of 1,636,458 cases and 25,900 deaths.
Of the new cases, 19,185 were confirmed and 3,405 were likely. The state has reported 1,451,256 confirmed cases and 185,202 probable cases.
The state also added 655 older confirmed cases and 118 older probable cases recently reported by laboratories.
There are 10,574 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Texas, including 3,215 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date of specimen collection, was 14.43% on Tuesday. According to state health officials, using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate rate of positivity.
For antigen testing, the positivity rate for the same period was 9.43%.
Tarrant County reported 1,702 new coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths on Wednesday.
Three of the victims reported on Wednesday were from Fort Worth, including two men in their 60s and 70s and one woman in their 90s.
Three other victims came from Mansfield, including a man and woman in their forties and a man in their seventies. Two victims came from Arlington, including a man in their fifties and a woman in their 90s. The remaining three victims include a Bedford man and a White Settlement woman in their sixties, and a Keller woman in their nineties.
All but three victims had health problems.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 135,793, including 118,641 that have been confirmed, 17,152 that are likely, and 99,752 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,389.
1,168 people will be hospitalized with the virus, up from 1,139 on Tuesday, according to Wednesday’s numbers on the county dashboard.
The state added 1,204 coronavirus cases in Collin County to the entire Wednesday, bringing the number to 43,169. Six new COVID-19 deaths have also been reported, bringing the county’s death toll to 340.
Details of the latest victims were not available.
Collin County has 39,079 confirmed cases and 4,090 probable cases. The county has recorded 4,134 active cases of the virus and 34,945 recoveries, according to state data.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard only shows the total number of hospital admissions, which is 452.
Denton County reported 751 coronavirus cases – of which 672 are active – and three new deaths on Wednesday.
Recent deaths include a man in their fifties from The Colony and a man and woman in their eighties from Lewisville.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 36,303, including 12,100 active and 24,016 recovered cases. The death toll stands at 187.
The newly reported cases also bring the county’s total molecular cases to 29,860, while the antigen cases stand at 6,443.
According to the district, 158 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.
The Texas Department of Health has provided coverage for these other North Texas counties. In some countries, new data may not be reported every day.
The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 5,589 cases (4,643 confirmed and 946 likely), 48 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 8,359 cases (7,306 confirmed and 1,053 likely), 108 deaths.
- Ellis County: 11,704 cases (10,351 confirmed and 1,353 likely), 151 deaths.
- Johnson County: 9,799 cases (8,681 confirmed and 1,118 likely), 145 deaths.
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