Dallas County adds record 2,438 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 12 more dead – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas County added a record of 2,438 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 12 more deaths attributed to the virus.

“The current number of 2,438 cases is 250 new cases more than we have ever seen in one day. We are also reporting 12 more deaths from COVID today. With the unprecedented spread that we are experiencing, it is important that people plan ahead to prevent crowds, ”Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement in Dallas.

Of the cases reported Wednesday, the province said 1,942 were confirmed cases and 496 probable cases (antigen test), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province as of March to 149,533 and the number of probable (antigen test) cases to 16,697. The total of confirmed and probable cases in the province now stands at 166,230. In the past seven days, Dallas County officials have confirmed 13,942 confirmed and probable cases of the virus.

The last 12 victims were a man in his forties from Garland, a man in his 50s from Seagoville, a woman in his sixties from Dallas, a man in his seventies from Richardson, a man in his seventies from Cedar Hill and six men in their seventies. 70s from Dallas, two of whom lived in long-term care facilities. All victims had been hospitalized and had underlying health problems. The twelfth victim was a man in his 50s from Dallas who had underlying health problems and was found dead in his home.

County officials said on Wednesday that there have been 1,403 deaths in the province as a result of the virus. Over the summer, Dr. Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in the county behind heart disease and cancer.

The county said the preliminary seven-day average for new confirmed and probable cases by date of a test collection for CDC week 49 was 1,647, representing a rate of 62.5 daily new cases per 100,000 residents and the highest number of cases in the province is. since the pandemic started.

In the past 30 days, 4,520 COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and staff have been reported from more than 735 individual K-12 schools in Dallas County, including 681 staff.

There are currently 93 active LTC outbreaks. In the past 30 days, a total of 848 COVID-19 cases have been reported from these facilities, including 317 employees. Of these cases, 32 were hospitalized and 33 died, including 2 deaths of staff. In the past 30 days, 26 outbreaks of COVID-19 in municipal housing facilities (eg, homeless shelters, group homes and halfway homes) have been reported in connection with 165 cases, including six hospital admissions. One facility has reported 89 cases of COVID-19 outbreaks since October.

“It is up to all of us to use the two ‘vaccines’ we now have at our disposal, the mask and the doctors’ evidence-based recommendations, until the vaccine injection is available to everyone,” said Jenkins.