Tracking COVID-19: Plano continues trend of fewer than 200 new cases per week

Aside from a large influx of backlogged cases Oct. 3, Plano has consistently had fewer than 200 new cases in a seven-day period since mid-September. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Aside from a large influx of backlogged cases Oct. 3, Plano has consistently had fewer than 200 new cases in a seven-day period since mid-September. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Aside from a large influx of backlogged cases Oct. 3, Plano has consistently had fewer than 200 new cases in a seven-day period since mid-September. (Community Impact Newspaper 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.

New confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Plano have remained somewhat steady over the past month with a slight drop over the last seven days.

In the week before Oct. 14, there were 178 new cases reported by the state. In the seven reporting days leading up to Oct. 21, there were 166 new Plano cases.

Aside from a large influx of backlogged cases Oct. 3, Plano has consistently had fewer than 200 new cases in a seven-day period since mid-September.

The city's COVID-19 dashboard, which directly reflects state data, shows 4,173 total confirmed cases in Plano, 4,031 of which have recovered.

There were 660 new cases reported in Collin County over the seven reporting days leading up to Oct. 22. This is an increase over the 600 reported cases the seven days prior.


In Texas there were 28.5 confirmed cases per 1,000 people as of Oct. 22. Here are the rates for the four North Texas counties as of Oct. 22. These numbers take population differences into account.

The numbers of confirmed cases are partly dependent on the number of tests administered, which is why the state tracks the positivity rate as one of its key indicators.

The state's weekly positivity rate hit a record high of 24% on Aug. 11 and has recently come down closer to 8%. The rate is averaged over the previous seven days and calculates the ratio of new cases compared with the number of tests conducted.

Gov. Greg Abbott has previously said a rate of 10% or more is cause for concern. 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. Collin County expects to remove its dashboard Oct. 30 and leave in its place a link to the state dashboard.
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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