More than 57% of the estimated population in all six of the main ZIP codes in Plano have been fully vaccinated, according to totals from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The 75024 and 75093 ZIP codes have the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents with over 72% each as of Nov. 15. The 75074 ZIP code has the lowest percentage with about 57% of the estimated population listed as fully vaccinated.
Nearly 74% of Collin County residents age 5 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Nov. 17, according to the DSHS COVID-19 vaccination dashboard. In Denton County, that number sits at more than 67%.
The dashboard shows a combined estimate of more than 1.1 million people in the two counties are reported as being fully vaccinated. The DSHS estimates show there are close to 1.5 million residents age 16 and older in Collin and Denton counties, although vaccine appointments are not limited to county residents.
Nearly 35 million doses have been administered across Texas, and nearly 16 million people have been fully vaccinated since manufacturers began shipping vials to the state last December, according to the DSHS dashboard. On Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended age-appropriate doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.
As of Nov. 16, 4.92% of the hospital beds in Trauma Service Area E, which consists of 19 counties in North Texas, including Collin and Denton counties, were occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients, according to the DSHS dashboard. That marks a nearly 51% decrease from the 10% of hospital beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients Oct. 16.
The Collin County dashboard lists 122 hospitalized COVID-19 patients out of the county’s hospital bed capacity of 2,702, as of Nov. 17. The Denton County dashboard showed it had nearly 7% of its available beds filled by COVID-19 patients as of Nov. 17.
Collin County announced in August 2020 that it would no longer report city-specific coronavirus information. Plano stopped providing city-specific COVID-19 information July 1. As of Nov. 15, there have been 223 total cases reported in Denton County’s portion of Plano, according to the Denton County dashboard. All but 19 of those cases have been classified as recovered, the dashboard shows.
In Collin County, there have been 106,235 confirmed cases and 1,155 deaths, though 1,439 cases are estimated as active as of Nov. 17 on the DSHS dashboard. In Denton County, 109,828 were confirmed to have had the virus as of Nov. 15, and 732 were confirmed dead. The Denton County dashboard listed 7,034 cases as active Nov. 15.
In Plano ISD, 110 students and 17 employees were listed with current cases, according to the district’s dashboard, which was last updated Nov. 17. Those totals amount to 0.22% of district students and 0.33% of staff members, according to the dashboard.
COVID-19 testing continues to be available throughout North Texas. In Plano, there are numerous test sites that offer both drive-thru and walk-in appointments through local pharmacies and clinics. An interactive map of the available testing sites in Plano and the surrounding area can be found at this link.
COVID-19 tests are available at no cost nationwide at health centers and select pharmacies due to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including for those who do not have insurance.
Appointments are required for most COVID-19 testing sites.
Information about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get vaccinated is available at www.vaccines.gov. Collin County Health Care Services announced July 27 the creation of mobile vaccination teams. Residents can request appointments for the free shots. Denton County Public Health has an interest portal for vaccines on its webpage and allows individuals to schedule appointments.