‘We Are At An All-Time High For Hospitalizations, COVID Infections’ Says Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 1,867 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County on Monday Jan. 11.

‘We Are At An All-Time High For Hospitalizations, COVID Infections’ Says Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 1,867 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County on Monday Jan. 11.

Of those, 1,813 are confirmed cases and 54 are probable cases.

There is a cumulative total of 194,380 confirmed cases (PCR test).

There is a cumulative total of 24,706 probable cases (antigen test).

A total of 1,777 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness after four more deaths were reported Monday.

“While I’m pleased that vaccinations are accelerating, we are at an all-time high for hospitalizations and COVID infections,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a statement. “It’s important to remember that with these sort of new infection and hospitalization numbers, things that you felt were safe several weeks ago are much less safe today.”

Judge Jenkins said he expects January and February to be the toughest months for COVID-19 in Dallas County “unless the new strain causes a huge surge or we let our guard down, and through our actions, create a surge.”

The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 53 was to 2,104, which is a rate of 79.8 daily new cases per 100,000 residents—the highest case rate in Dallas County since the beginning of the pandemic.

The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 remains high, with 31.0% of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals testing positive in week 53 (week ending 1/2/21).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 3,864 healthcare workers and first responders have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dallas County.

Over the past 30 days, there have been 5,309 COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and staff reported from 677 separate K-12 schools in Dallas County, including 454 staff members.

There are currently 109 active long-term care facility outbreaks. This is the highest number of long-term care facilities with active outbreaks reported in Dallas County since the beginning of the pandemic.

A total of 3,286 residents and 1,871 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 378 have died.

About 22% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. Forty-two outbreaks of COVID-19 in congregate-living facilities (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) have been reported in the past 30 days associated with 114 cases.

Of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age.

Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

The additional deaths reported Monday include the following:

– A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. He had been hospitalized 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 Cedar Hill. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

– A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

– A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of DeSoto. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

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