Tarrant County officials urge caution ahead of holidays as COVID-19 cases surge

Between Nov. 15-21, Tarrant County reported 8,791 new confirmed cases and 1,047 probable cases of COVID-19. (Community Impact staff)
Between Nov. 15-21, Tarrant County reported 8,791 new confirmed cases and 1,047 probable cases of COVID-19. (Community Impact staff)

Between Nov. 15-21, Tarrant County reported 8,791 new confirmed cases and 1,047 probable cases of COVID-19. (Community Impact staff)

COVID-19 case counts continue to climb in Tarrant County as people prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week.

As of Nov. 23, Tarrant County reported 1,124 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 92,977 since the start of the pandemic. Out of these cases, 830 deaths have been reported.

With community spread of the virus still at a "substantial" level, county health officials are urging residents to avoid groups and only go out for essential outings.

The public is asked to celebrate the holidays with immediate family members and continue wearing a mask and social distancing while out for essential trips, officials said.

While individuals over the age of 65 account for 71% of all COVID-19 deaths, 36% of all reported cases are linked to individuals aged 25-44, according to the Tarrant County COVID-19 dashboard.

For hospital capacity, Tarrant County is currently at a 77% total bed occupancy rate and 36% ventilator occupancy rate. There are 778 beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients, according to the dashboard.


The city of Fort Worth ranks first in the county in the number of positive cases with 42,008. Grapevine is number eight with 1,851 positive cases as of Nov. 23. Keller has 1,521 positive cases; Southlake has 936; and Colleyville has 933 cases.

For more coverage of the coronavirus in your city, visit https://communityimpact.com/coronavirus.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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