Coronavirus hospitalizations remain high in North Texas, may soon start declining in Dallas County

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The number of North Texans hospitalized for COVID-19 remains high, continuing to strain the region’s hospitals, according to experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

But those numbers may soon start to decline in some parts of North Texas, UTSW’s latest forecast says.

In Dallas County, new daily hospital admissions have recently fallen, and the number of total hospitalizations is expected to remain about 1,000 at the end of the month.

However, hospitalizations in Tarrant County are predicted to keep climbing and reach 1,300 on Sept. 30. (Last week’s forecast called for 1,400 on Sept. 23.) Tarrant County, despite having about 500,000 fewer residents than Dallas County, has outpaced its more-populous neighbor in new cases in recent weeks.

Compared with the January peak in COVID-19 hospitalizations, a disproportionate number of severe cases are occurring among children. The number of daily hospital admissions in the region is about two and a half times higher now for children than it was in the winter, which UTSW forecasters say is likely the result of in-person school resuming even as many children cannot be vaccinated yet.

The UTSW forecast noted that Dallas County has higher levels of mask-wearing than Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties, and local officials are continuing to urge that residents take precautions against spreading the virus.

“While we are hopeful of a peak and flattening of our hospitalization numbers soon, that is entirely up to the behavior of the people in Dallas County and North Texas,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement.

Dallas County

Dallas County reported 72 more COVID-19 deaths and 10,421 new coronavirus cases in the last week.

Of the new cases, 8,488 were confirmed and 1,933 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 367,771, including 313,601 confirmed and 54,170 probable. The death toll is 4,437.

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 1,350. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 1,269.

The county reported that 980 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 1,520,753 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,277,836 — 58.6% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Texas

The state reported 125,486 more cases in the last week, including 98,037 confirmed cases and 27,449 probable cases.

The state also reported 1,791 COVID-19 deaths over the last week, raising its toll to 58,901.

The state’s case total is now 3,815,158, including 3,198,035 confirmed and 617,123 probable.

There are a total of 13,065 hospitalizations in the state, including 3,555 in North Texas.

According to the state, 16,832,369 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 14,211,635 — 59.0% of the state’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

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Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 111 deaths and 17,363 cases in the last week, as the county’s death toll pushed past 4,000. By comparison, Tarrant County had 63 deaths and 2,860 cases in the entire month of June.

Of the new cases, 14,144 were confirmed and 3,219 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 326,414, including 271,713 confirmed and 54,701 probable. The death toll is 4,018.

The county reported that 1,190 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 1,133,155 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 981,899 — 56.5% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 23 deaths and 3,766 cases to Collin County’s totals in the past week.

Of the new cases, 3,093 were confirmed and 673 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 117,706, including 96,418 confirmed and 21,288 probable. The death toll is 943.

The county reported that 471 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 669,896 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 590,149 — 68.2% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported eight deaths and 3,463 cases in the past week.

The numbers bring the county’s case total to 94,032, including 68,656 confirmed and 25,376 probable. The death toll is 671.

The county reported that 195 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 524,398 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 466,995 — 62.2% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Other counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 15,422 cases (12,114 confirmed and 3,308 probable), 185 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 21,117 cases (17,161 confirmed and 3,956 probable), 330 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 29,160 cases (23,449 confirmed and 5,711 probable), 374 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 24,463 cases (20,292 confirmed and 4,171 probable), 434 deaths.