COVID-19 hospitalizations still rising in Dallas-Fort Worth, but prediction for peak scaled down

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Efforts to hinder the spread of the coronavirus in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have had some success slowing the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, local health experts say.

But the latest model from forecasters at UT Southwestern Medical Center shows that the number of patients hospitalized for the virus is still expected to rise for several more weeks.

Dallas County is predicted to have about 1,200 COVID-19 hospitalizations by Sept. 16 — near its January high — and Tarrant County is expected to have about 1,300. A week ago the counties were predicted to have 1,500 and 1,900 hospitalizations, respectively, by Sept. 9.

The forecasters at UTSW say more North Texans are reporting in surveys that they’re wearing masks in public — a “simple but powerful” step to mitigate the spread of the virus as the more contagious delta variant rages through the region.

Vaccinations rates, too, have risen: In the week ending Aug. 22, nearly 50,000 doses were administered to Dallas County residents. That’s up from about 28,000 doses five weeks earlier, but less than one third of the weekly peak of vaccinations in the spring.

Hospitals remain stretched thin by the number of COVID-19 patients, and Gov. Greg Abbott has turned to thousands of medical professionals from out of state to bolster the staffs at Texas facilities.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement Monday that the surge in cases means patients may have to wait longer for antibody treatments.

Jenkins also noted a financial reason that people should get vaccinated: “With insurers reinstituting cost sharing for COVID, medical bills that would easily take up your entire deductible and maximum out of pocket are yet another reason to accept a free vaccine that is safe and effective.”

Dallas County

Dallas County reported 42 more COVID-19 deaths and 8,624 new coronavirus cases in the last week.

Of the new cases, 7,335 were confirmed and 1,289 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 348,868, including 298,289 confirmed and 50,579 probable. The death toll is 4,322.

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 1,269. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 957.

The county reported 851 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 1,480,885 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,226,854 — 56.2% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Texas

The state reported 110,535 more cases in the last week, including 85,471 confirmed cases and 25,064 probable cases.

The state also reported 1,381 COVID-19 deaths over the last week, raising its toll to 55,404.

The state’s case total is now 3,561,407, including 2,999,659 confirmed and 561,748 probable.

There are a total of 13,768 hospitalizations in the state, including 3,293 in North Texas.

According to the state, 16,422,940 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 13,682,816 — 56.8% of the state’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 92 deaths and 9,008 cases in the last week.

Of the new cases, 7,507 were confirmed and 1,501 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 303,506, including 253,120 confirmed and 50,386 probable. The death toll is 3,847.

The county reported that 1,091 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 1,104,113 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 944,245 — 54.3% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 17 deaths and 3,738 cases to Collin County’s totals in the last week.

Of the new cases, 3,160 were confirmed and 578 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 108,946, including 89,321 confirmed and 19,625 probable. The death toll is 900.

The county reported that 448 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 657,447 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 573,772 — 66.3% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported 17 deaths and 2,440 cases in the last week.

The numbers bring the county’s case total to 88,916, including 64,894 confirmed and 24,022 probable. The death toll is 659.

The county reported 208 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 513,980 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 453,343 — 60.4% 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: 14,203 cases (11,147 confirmed and 3,056 probable), 169 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 19,352 cases (15,788 confirmed and 3,564 probable), 297 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 26,600 cases (21,479 confirmed and 5,121 probable), 350 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 22,776 cases (19,008 confirmed and 3,768 probable), 413 deaths.