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

Nearly 18% of North Texas hospital beds were filled with COVID-19 patients on Jan. 5.

The 17.92% total is a more than 66% increase in the percentage of hospital beds in Trauma Service Area E occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients since Dec. 29, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard. The trauma service area consists of 19 counties in North Texas, including Collin and Denton counties.

The Dec. 29 total was 10.79% of hospital beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients.

Omicron cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Denton County, Public Health Director Dr. Matt Richardson said during a Jan. 6 Denton County commissioners meeting.

“Omicron is indeed another surge and another wave in Denton County,” he said. “It really is staggering.”

The Denton County dashboard showed it had more than 20% of its available beds filled by COVID-19 patients as of Jan. 6. The Collin County dashboard lists 429 hospitalized COVID-19 patients out of the county’s 2,702-hospital-bed capacity as of Jan. 6.

According to data from DSHS, there were 8,740 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals as of Jan. 5, which is a more than 194% increase from the 2,971 patients Dec. 5.

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 Jan. 6, there have been 231 total cases reported in Denton County’s portion of Plano, according to the Denton County dashboard. All but 20 of those cases have been classified as recovered, the dashboard shows.

In Collin County, there have been 121,302 confirmed cases and 1,222 deaths, though 15,695 cases are estimated as active as of Jan. 6 on the DSHS dashboard. In Denton County, 118,518 were confirmed to have had the virus as of Jan. 6, and 765 were confirmed dead. The Denton County dashboard listed 8,291 cases as active Jan. 6.

In Plano ISD, 744 students and 229 employees were listed with current cases, according to the district’s dashboard, which was last updated Jan. 6. Those totals amount to 1.51% of district students and 4.4% of staff members, according to the dashboard.

More than 60% of the estimated population in all six of the main ZIP codes in Plano has been fully vaccinated, according to totals from DSHS.

The 75024 ZIP code has the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents with more than 77% as of Jan. 3. The 75023 ZIP code has the lowest percentage with a little more than 60% of the estimated population listed as fully vaccinated.

More than 78% of Collin County residents age 5 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Jan. 6, according to the DSHS COVID-19 vaccination dashboard. In Denton County, that number sits at more than 71%.

The dashboard shows a combined estimate of nearly 1.2 million people in the two counties are reported as being fully vaccinated. Nearly 40 million doses have been administered across Texas, and more than 16.5 million people have been fully vaccinated since manufacturers began shipping vials to the state in December 2020, according to the DSHS 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 the creation of mobile vaccination teams in July. 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.