Dallas County Reports a Three-Day Total of 646 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 5 Deaths, Including 71 Probable Cases
Posted on 03/02/2022
C-19 Risklevel Newnormal

As of 12:00 pm March 01, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 646 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 575 confirmed cases, and 71 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 468,617 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 98,812 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,989 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today's press release includes the number of new cases from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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 from January 11 through July 17. A vaccination clinic is open at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location on Thursdays - Saturdays from 9 am-6 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am - 4 pm. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will also take place at Fair Park on Tuesdays from 12:30 pm-6 pm and on Sundays, from 10 am - 4 pm.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s 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 woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 1,544 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 162 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351(Beta); 1,164 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 14 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon); 20 cases of P.1 (Gamma); 9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 2 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 164 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). Two hundred and eighty-nine cases have been hospitalized and 44 have died. Twenty-three COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Four hundred and three people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 2/25/2022, a total of 1,501 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 7 (week ending 2/19/22), which is a weekly rate of 57.0 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 2/19/2022, about 82% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 98% of residents age 65 years and older; 86% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 77% of residents 25-39 years of age; 66% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 61% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Addison, Coppell, Highland Park, Irving, and Sunnyvale, greater than 92% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the cities of Cedar Hill, Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, Lancaster, and University Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.. (See below).

About 55.9% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 7 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 34,050 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 3,282 (9.6%) were hospitalized and 535 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 2/19/2022 (CDC week 7), 7.8% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 7, 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 (1.52%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (38.83%), and RSV (2.17 %).

There are currently 73 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 6,321 residents and 4,250 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,297 have been hospitalized and 879 have died. About 16% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. There have been 11 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 840 residents and 295 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.

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Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Near You

"Today is election day. And that election has become a referendum on whether or not to follow science in several races, including mine. COVID-19 doesn't care about your Party affiliation or Political beliefs. COVID like all viruses is just relentlessly looking for a new host to infect. We are in a lull Period now with Omicron, subsiding and Omicron two seemingly not Poised to cause a wave. New strains will come and we will have to use all the tools in our toolbox to fight against those waves. In order to be best PrePared for whatever COVID throws at us next, get vaccinated if you've not already been vaccinated and get boosted, if you've been vaccinated, but are due for a booster. You can find vaccines near you at Vaccines.gov," 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
SPecific Guidance for the Public:

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