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Dallas County reports 398 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 9 Deaths, Including 124 Probable Cases

Trend for Total Available ICU Beds
Trend for Total Available ICU Beds in Dallas County, November 11, 2021

As of 12:00 pm November 12, 2021 Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 398 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 274 confirmed cases and 124 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 346,048 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 63,270 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,106 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. 

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated January 11 through July 17. A pop-up vaccination clinic took place at Fair Park through September 18, and every day the State Fair was open until October 24.

Trend for Suspected and Confirmed COVID 19
Trend for Suspected and Confirmed COVID 19 ER Visits in the last 24 Hours in Dallas County, November 11, 2021

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:                  

–   A woman in her 30’s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions. 

–   A woman in her 30’s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions. 

–   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 had underlying high risk health conditions.           

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–   A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.  

–   A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He 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 of Dallas. 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 of 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 of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.   

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

Confirmed COVID 19 Inpatients
Confirmed COVID 19 Inpatients in Dallas County, November 11, 2021

To date, a total of 209 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern have been identified in residents of Dallas County, including: 146 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variants; three B.1.351 (Beta) variants; forty B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants; and twenty P.1 (Gamma) variants. Twenty-three have been hospitalized and four have died.  One fully vaccinated patient subsequently became ill from B.1.1.7 infection and died. As of 11/12/2021, a total of 1,512 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 44 (week ending 11/6/21), which is a weekly rate of 57.4 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As ofthe week ending 11/06/2021, about 74% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including: 93% of residents age 65 years and older; 79% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 70% of residents 25-39 years of age; 59% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 55% of residents 12-17 years of age.  In the cities of Addison, Coppell, and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  In the cities of Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park and Irving, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (See below). About 72% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 44 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated.  In Dallas County, 15,142 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 628 (4.1%) were hospitalized and 158 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 11/6/2021 (CDC week 44), 4.7% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.   For week 44, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (6.7%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (35%) and RSV (7.2%). There are currently 33 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,803 residents and 2,856 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,174 have been hospitalized and 844 have died. About 17% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

COVID-19 Deaths by Actual Date and 7-Day
COVID-19 Deaths by Actual Date and 7-Day Training Average in Dallas County, November 12, 2021

There have been 2 outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 748 residents and 257 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, 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. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here

Dallas County Residents Vaccinated for COVID-19
Dallas County Residents Vaccinated for COVID-19

“With the holidays fast approaching, it’s important that we honor our essential workers who put themselves on the line every day to keep our economy moving and, keep you safe. Continue to have those courageous conversations with your unvaccinated friends and family. And if you haven’t had your booster and are now eligible, make sure to get that so that we can help our essential workers stay safe in this busy time of the year,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. 

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php

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Specific Guidance for the Public:

·       Dallas County COVID-19 Related Health Guidance for the Public

·       Dallas County Measures for Protecting An Institution’s Workforce from COVID-19 Infection: Employer/Employee Guidance

·       Dallas County Guidance for Individuals at High-Risk for Severe COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

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  • If you’re unvaccinated, avoid close contact outside your home and put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
  • CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.
  • If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

·       CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

·       CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

·       DSHS:  https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

·       DCHHS:  https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

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