Tracking COVID-19: Plano sees week-over-week decline in new cases

Between Sept. 18-25, Collin County reported 711 new cases of coronavirus, with 187 in Plano. (Community Impact staff)
Between Sept. 18-25, Collin County reported 711 new cases of coronavirus, with 187 in Plano. (Community Impact staff)

Between Sept. 18-25, Collin County reported 711 new cases of coronavirus, with 187 in Plano. (Community Impact staff)

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

There were 187 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Plano from Sept. 18-25, according to the city's dashboard. This is 103 fewer new cases than were reported the week prior.

In Collin County, there were 711 new cases reported within the same time frame, a 150-case drop from the week before.

The number of active COVID-19 cases reported in the county remained above 900 over the last week. In the same week, Collin County had 709 recoveries.

The county first reached active cases about 900 in mid-July, and stayed below that count until early August. Recent weeks show a steady growth in active cases, according to the county dashboard.

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

There were eight deaths in Collin County in the past seven days. The total number of deaths since tracking began in March is 141 for Collin County.

Plano ISD recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard that shows active and recovered cases. As of Sept. 25, 26 students and 22 staff have recovered from coronavirus cases and there are 12 active cases among students and 11 active cases in staff members. Total tests and confirmed cases are not available at this time.

Among the key indicators being watched by experts is the number of hospitalizations. Collin County reported 95 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Sept. 25. That number has generally risen in Collin County in the last 10 days. Collin County has a hospital bed capacity of 2,702.

Statewide, the number of patients who have tested positive with COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized is 3,204 as of Sept. 24. That compares with 3,246 patients who were hospitalized and had COVID-19 on Sept. 17.

In Texas there were 24.39 confirmed cases per 1,000 people as of Sept. 24. Here are the rates per 1,000 people for the four North Texas counties as of Sept. 24. The rate of confirmed cases takes population differences into account.

Another key indicator being watched by experts is the state’s positivity rate, which hit a record high in Texas on Aug. 11 at 24.5%. The rate is averaged over the previous seven days and calculates the ratio of positive new cases compared with the number of tests. Gov. Greg Abbott has previously said that a rate of 10% or more is cause for concern. On Sept. 23, the rate was 7.55%. Here is a look at the rate since early April.

The city of Plano's dashboard began reporting only direct numbers from the state department Sept. 8, and city-specific breakdowns for the number of deaths are currently not available on any of the local or state dashboards. ZIP code data for Collin County has been unavailable in recent weeks.
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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