Tracking COVID-19: McKinney cases dip slightly over last two weeks

(Community Impact staff)
(Community Impact staff)

(Community Impact staff)

Editor’s note: This is the latest information reported by the city of McKinney, Collin County and the state of Texas through their public reports and dashboards.

City-level reports from Collin County show a decrease in new COVID-19 cases in McKinney over the past two weeks.

McKinney added 252 new cases between Oct. 17-30. The total number of active COVID-19 cases in McKinney is 152 as of Oct. 30.

As of Oct. 30 in McKinney, there have been 2,835 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,683 recoveries, constituting a 94.6% recovery rate.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is no longer providing information on deaths specific to cities, as of Sept. 3.

Of McKinney ZIP codes, the 75071 ZIP code had the highest number of total cases, with 1,109, from March to Oct. 30, according to Collin County data.

As of Oct. 30, ZIP code 75069 has a total of 986 cases, 75070 has 749 cases and 75072 has 361 cases.

Data as of Oct. 30 shows the 20-29 age group in McKinney has had the highest number of total COVID-19 cases, but that age group is closely followed by those ages 40-49, ages 0-19 and ages 30-39, respectively.

On Aug. 21, the city of McKinney paused its daily reports following Collin County's shift to reporting only raw data from the state. The county has since decided to share some data at the city level again and is working with the state to resolve issues of "confidence" with the accuracy of its reporting, according to an Aug. 24 post by Collin County Judge Chris Hill.

Commissioners are also discussing whether to keep the county’s COVID-19 dashboard on the county website. Commissioners voted Oct. 12 to remove the dashboard from the county website due to continued inaccuracies in the data provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services. In its place, the county planned to provide a link to the DSHS site, which includes Collin County data along with the state data.

Data show 1,721 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Collin County from Oct. 17-30. With 17,215 recovered cases and 181 people with COVID-19 who died as of Oct. 30, the total number of active cases in the county is 1,147. In total, there have been 18,362 confirmed cases in Collin County.

Among the key indicators being watched by experts is the number of hospitalizations. Collin County reported 177 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized as of Oct. 30. That number has increased over the last two weeks.

Statewide, the number of patients who have tested positive with COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized is 5,587 as of Oct. 29. That number has been on the rise since late September.

The rate of confirmed cases takes into account population differences. In Texas there were 29.88 confirmed cases per 1,000 people as of Oct. 29. Here are the rates per 1,000 people for the four North Texas counties as of Oct. 29.

One important metric being watched by experts is the state’s positivity rate, which hit a record high in Texas on Aug. 11 with a rate of 24.5%. The rate is averaged over the previous seven days and calculates the ratio of new cases compared with the number of tests. Gov. Greg Abbott has previously said a rate of 10% or more is cause for concern. On Oct. 28, the rate was 8.56%. Here is a look at the rate since early April.

By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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