Tracking COVID-19: Hospitalizations in North Texas have remained under 2% since March

Here are the latest COVID-19 data updates from Collin and Denton counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here are the latest COVID-19 data updates from Collin and Denton counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here are the latest COVID-19 data updates from Collin and Denton counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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.

The percentage of North Texas hospital beds filled with COVID-19 patients has remained under 2% for more than a month.

Just 1.18% of hospital beds in Trauma Service Area E were occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients April 26, 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 last time North Texas was over 2% was March 21 when 2.1% of hospital beds were occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients.

According to data from DSHS, there were 800 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals as of April 26, which is a more than 32% decrease from the 1,182 patients March 26.

In Plano ISD, 15 students and five employees were listed with current cases, according to the district’s dashboard, which was last updated April 27. Those totals amount to 0.03% of district students and 0.1% of staff members, according to the dashboard.


The Collin County dashboard lists 33 hospitalized COVID-19 patients out of the county’s 2,702-hospital-bed capacity as of April 27. The Denton County dashboard showed it had 1.1% of its available beds filled by COVID-19 patients as of April 27.

As of that date, there have been 292 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 159,990 confirmed cases and 1,504 deaths, according to the DSHS dashboard. In Denton County, 129,525 were confirmed to have had the virus as of April 27, and 1,350 were confirmed dead.

More than 62% of the estimated population in all six of the main ZIP codes in Plano have been fully vaccinated, according to totals from DSHS.

The 75024 ZIP code has the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents with just over 80% as of April 25. The 75023 ZIP code has the lowest percentage with just under 63% of the estimated population listed as fully vaccinated.

More than 72% of Collin County residents age 5 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of April 27, according to the DSHS COVID-19 vaccination dashboard. In Denton County, that number sits at more than 66%.

The dashboard shows a combined estimate of more than 1.2 million people in the two counties are reported as being fully vaccinated. More than 44 million doses have been administered across Texas, and more than 17.5 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 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.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get vaccinated is available at www.vaccines.gov.
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.