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Dallas County Reports a Total of 263 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 18 Deaths, Including 84 Probable Cases

DALLAS — As of 12:00 pm November 18, 2021 Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 263 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 179 confirmed cases and 84 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 347,371 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 63,782 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,158 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.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:   

–   A man in his 30’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high risk health conditions. 

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–   A man in his 30’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He was found deceased at home and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.           

–   A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.           

–   A woman in her 40’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 was found deceased at home and had underlying high risk health conditions. 

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

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–   A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions. 

–   A man in his 70’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.           

–   An man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.   

–   An woman in her 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Richardson. She expired in the facility and had underlying high risk health conditions.           

–   An woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.           

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–   A man in his 90’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 90’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. She expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.   

To date, a total of 214 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-five 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%).     

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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. 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 forecast from UTSW can be found here

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