Tracking COVID-19: Plano cases climb, county hospitalizations surge

From both counties, there have been 5,824 reported cases in Plano as of Nov. 23 and the city has 665 active cases. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
From both counties, there have been 5,824 reported cases in Plano as of Nov. 23 and the city has 665 active cases. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

From both counties, there have been 5,824 reported cases in Plano as of Nov. 23 and the city has 665 active cases. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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

COVID-19 hospitalizations are tracking record-high numbers since data was recorded at the beginning of June.

Hospitalizations in Collin County due to COVID-19 peaked Nov. 17 with 322 people hospitalized. Denton County passed its previous high of 110 hospitalizations Nov. 17 and has seen a continued climb to 129 beds filled.

On Nov. 9, the Collin County Commissioners Court voted to remove data from the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, citing inaccuracy as the reason for the decision. The only data category left on the county COVID-19 dashboard is hospitalizations. The data tracks from June 1 to the present.

While a dashboard showing new cases, active cases, recovered cases and deaths is no longer available at the county level, Plano offers some data at the city level.

Like the rest of Collin County, Plano has also seen a rise in active cases in recent weeks. The number of new daily cases nearly doubled from the week prior from Nov. 16-23, with 611 cases reported. The week prior, there were 367 cases reported.

There have been 23,784 total reported cases of COVID-19 in Collin County since reporting began in March and 21,937 total cases in Denton County as of Nov. 23. Since Nov. 13, there have been 2,520 new cases reported in Collin County and 2,615 new cases in Denton County.


From both counties, there have been 5,824 reported cases in Plano as of Nov. 23, and the city has 665 active cases.

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

The state's weekly positivity rate hit a record high of 24% as of Aug. 11 and after dropping substantially has recently come closer to 9%. The rate is averaged over the previous seven days and calculates the ratio of new cases to the number of tests conducted.
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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