Health and Human Services again reported grim numbers on the pandemic on Wednesday.
In the daily report 2,994 new cases of coronavirus were reported and 21 people died as a result of covid-19.
This means that the pandemic reaches 199,948 cases since March 2020 and 1,812 people have died as a result of covid-19.
The average number of daily cases in seven days continues to increase: 2,227 cases and a contagion rate that stands at 84.5 new cases per 100,000 residents.
In the past 30 days, there have been 7,310 cases in school-age children and school personnel, including 41 cases among school nurses and their assistants, half of which were diagnosed last week.
An outbreak of COVID-19 at a school in December spread to 11 faculty staff and spread to nine students, causing eight members of their families to become infected as well. One person died and another was hospitalized as a result of this outbreak.
In terms of hospitalizations, there are 1,197 COVID-19 patients in intensive care and 572 people came to emergency rooms with COVID-19 symptoms in the last 24 hours.
“We continue to see high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Dallas County and the region,” County Judge Clay Jenkins said through the report. “UT Southwestern has been updating its prediction model and is warning that there could be 1,900 hospitalized covid patients by January 22 and an average of 3,600 daily cases,” added Jenkins.
“These numbers are very worrying. Our hospitals are at full blast and our health care heroes have been working tirelessly since spring, ”he added.
Jenkins insisted on the use of a mask and avoiding crowds and meetings with third parties, in addition to measures of social distance and constant hand washing, as the best alternative available to face the pandemic.
“Although we are grateful that we have the vaccine and we are administering it as soon as possible, there is still time to make it available to the (general) population”