They report 170 new infections of covid-19 and 5 deaths; confirm a death by B.1.1.7

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 170 new COVID-19 infections and five deaths Tuesday.

In this way, the pandemic adds a total of 258,004 cases and 3,913 deaths.

A new case of the B.1.1.7 mutation was confirmed in a Dallas County resident who died, adding to 59 identified cases. Other variants have also been recorded in Dallas, including the dreaded P.1 and P.2, originally found in Brazil.

The average every seven days is 199 cases with a contagion rate of 7.6 cases per 100,000 residents.

In the last 30 days there have been 1,065 cases in minors of school age and in school personnel. Of these, 93 cases have been due to sports activity.

Cases in nursing homes have decreased and now there are only 27 nursing homes that have active outbreaks.

In terms of hospitalizations, as of Monday there were 190 patients in intensive care and 343 people came to emergency rooms with symptoms of covid-19. UT Southwestern now forecasts an average of 260 cases for May 17. If vaccinations increase, hospitalizations will remain low, the report warns.

County Judge Clay Jenkins confirmed that a previously reported death is due to the B.1.1.7 mutation, considered more lethal and transmissible than other mutations.

According to Jenkins, 49.33% of vaccine-eligible people over the age of 16 have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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