Tracking COVID-19: McKinney adds more than 800 cases in a week

See how COVID-19 is impacting Collin County. (Community Impact staff)
See how COVID-19 is impacting Collin County. (Community Impact staff)

See how COVID-19 is impacting Collin County. (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.

McKinney has reported more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 cases over the past week as North Texas hospitals continue to serve high numbers of patients, according to state data.

Nearly every day since Nov. 27, patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have accounted for more than 15% of total hospital capacity in Trauma Service Area E, which consists of 19 counties in North Texas.

For nearly every day since Nov. 27, COVID-19 hospitalized patients accounted for more than 15% of total hospital capacity in Trauma Service Area E, which comprises 19 counties in North Texas.

As of Jan. 13, 24.45% of the hospital beds in this service area were occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients, according to a dashboard provided by the city of Frisco.

Per an October executive order issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, municipal governments are required to tighten restrictions for most businesses if COVID-19 patients occupy 15% or more of the available hospital beds for seven consecutive days in their specific Trauma Service Area.

On Dec. 3, when Trauma Service Area E passed the 15% threshold for seven consecutive days, restaurants and most businesses were required to reduce capacity from 75% to 50%, and bars were required to close. Businesses will be allowed to increase capacity once COVID-19 hospitalizations for the area are below 15% for seven days in a row.

Hospitalizations in Collin County due to COVID-19 peaked Jan. 4 with 575 people hospitalized that day. As of Jan. 14, 540 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. This equates to about 20% of the total bed capacity, a decrease from Jan. 8 when this percentage was 20.73%.

The number of COVID-19 fatalities in North Texas also continues to grow. Since Christmas Eve, 64 residents of Collin County have died of COVID-19, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Collin County had 5,881 active cases of COVID-19 as of Jan. 14, according to state estimates. For comparison, on Nov. 5, the county's number of active cases was estimated to be 1,471. That is an increase of nearly 300%.

The seven-day average of daily confirmed cases was 685 in Collin County between Jan. 8-14. The previous seven days saw an average daily confirmed case count of 731, according to the data. The latest numbers show Collin County has had 52,282 total confirmed cases so far this year.

A Collin County COVID-19 vaccine waitlist for people who meet the Texas Department of State Health Services Phases 1A and 1B criteria can be found here. The form takes requests in the order received and lets persons know where they are in line on the waitlist.

As of Jan. 14, 24,878 people had been vaccinated with at least the first dose of the vaccine, according to data on the DSHS dashboard. Of the population of people age 16 and older, an estimated 806,242, about 3,500 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses.

At the city level, McKinney added 851 new cases between Jan. 8-14. The total number of active COVID-19 cases in McKinney is 1,041 as of Jan. 14. The city recorded 1,130 active cases as of Jan. 10, the highest number of active cases since the city reported new-low levels in September.

As of Jan. 14 in McKinney, there have been 9,876 confirmed total cases of COVID-19 and 8,835 recoveries.

McKinney ISD’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that there are 41 active student cases and 24 active MISD staff cases as of Jan. 14.

In Texas, there were 20,047 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Jan. 14, bringing the total since March 2020 to 1,793,545, according to the state's dashboard.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.