Tracking COVID-19 in Plano: New daily cases drop after influx of backlogged cases

The county 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. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The county 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. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The county 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. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the most recent information reported by the city of Plano, Collin County and the state of Texas through their public reports and dashboards.

The city of Plano briefly paused its daily reports Aug. 24 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.

A group of dedicated investigators launched by the Texas Department of State Health Services began working through the backlog of Collin County's COVID-19 active cases Aug. 25, according to Hill.

Updated city-level reports from the county show 49 additional cases in Plano from Aug. 22-25.


There have been 2,771 total cases in Plano from both Collin and Denton counties since testing began in March.

In the week of Aug. 14-21, Collin County active cases surged from 4,178 to 4,739, a new high for the county. Collin County shared Aug. 27 that investigators had dropped the number of active cases to 308. The following day, Aug. 28, the dashboard shows 503 active cases.

Plano had 528 new cases reported over the same seven-day period, 323 of which were backlogged cases added by the state from Aug. 14-16. Aside from the backlogged cases, Plano has shown a declining trend in new cases since early August.

One additional death of a 95-year-old Plano resident was reported Aug. 25. This death raises the city's total to 28.

Patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Collin County have continued a downward trend since a peak of 223 in late July. As of Aug. 24, 86 were hospitalized in Collin County, the lowest level seen since mid-June.

Due to rapid changes in information over the last week, the city of Plano expects to reinstate its daily updates beginning Aug. 31, according to a release Aug. 28.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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