Tracking COVID-19 in Plano: Daily cases on decline as regional hospitalization rate moves closer to 15% threshold

Here is the latest data regarding COVID-19 in Plano. (Community Impact staff)
Here is the latest data regarding COVID-19 in Plano. (Community Impact staff)

Here is the latest data regarding COVID-19 in Plano. (Community Impact 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.

The number of new coronavirus cases in Plano has slowed over the past three weeks.

The seven-day average of daily confirmed cases was roughly 170 cases on Jan. 11. Recent data shows that the average has moved closer to 107 daily cases in Plano.

In the week from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, there were 753 new cases of COVID-19 in the city. The previous week, there were 823.

At the same time, COVID-19 hospitalizations for Trauma Service E, which consists of 19 counties in North Texas including Collin County, are gradually lowering. The Feb. 5 percentage of 16% capacity puts the region at the closest point of reaching the 15% threshold since Dec. 13. If the region were to fall below that threshold for seven consecutive days, restaurants and businesses may increase capacity to 75% and bars may reopen, per Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order.

In Plano ISD, 1,384 students and 662 employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have since recovered this school year, according to the district's dashboard, which began reporting data Aug. 12 and is updated on weekdays.

As of Feb. 5, more than 2.2 million people had received at least the first dose of the vaccine in Texas, according to data on the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard. There are about 625,804 residents age 16 or older in Denton County. Of those residents, about 11,728 people have received both doses. In Collin County, about 19,856 of the estimated 722,168 residents age 16 or older have received both doses.

COVID-19 vaccine requests can be sent to Collin County Health Services here, and registration for a vaccine with Denton County Public Health is available here. The city of Plano is encouraging residents currently eligible to receive the vaccine to sign up for several waitlists to see which one might take them first, City Manager Mark Israelson said. This can include any county or private waitlist, as vaccines are not restricted to residency.

Two of Collin County's six vaccination sites are located in Plano. The site at PISD's John Clark Stadium began vaccinations the week of Jan. 27 and distributed upward of 2,000 vaccines as of Feb. 1. The city of Plano's Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adult's 50+ has distributed roughly 200 vaccines each day since opening Feb. 2, according to site management.