There were 39 new coronavirus cases diagnosed in Richardson residents living in the Dallas County portion of the city between Aug. 11-24, according to the county dashboard. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in that part of the city to 1,087, data shows.
Collin County announced Aug. 21 that it will no longer report city-specific information. Only data published by the Texas Department of State Health Services will be shared on the county’s dashboard, according to the announcement. The city of Richardson does not report its own case numbers.
In Dallas County, there were 13,831 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus between Aug. 11-24, according to the county. This is significantly more than the prior 14-day period, when the county reported 8,016 new cases. This is due to a backlog of cases submitted recently by several commercial laboratories, which resulted in higher case counts in some areas of the state, including Dallas County. The total number of cases in Dallas County was 69,086 as of Aug. 24, according to the county.
Data shows Dallas County residents ages 18-40 have had the largest number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic, followed by those aged 41-64.
Since June 3, however, the 0-17 age group is ranked No. 2 for highest number of positive cases. According to the county, 531 children ages 5-18 were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dallas County between Aug. 1-14. Nearly half are high school age, data shows. ZIP code data indicates a little more than half of these children are enrolled in Dallas ISD.
In addition, the data shows there have been 29 deaths in Dallas County over the past seven days. The total number of deaths since tracking began in March is 857. Those who have died in Dallas County have been mostly male and older than age 65.
Health experts have said one key indicator to watch is the number of hospitalizations. Dallas County reported 185 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 40 intensive care unit admissions the week ending July 15. Those numbers peaked in late June but have been on the decline since then, according to the county.
Hospital capacity in the 13-county area of North Texas is being tracked by The Institute for Urban Policy Research at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Data as of July 16 for Dallas County shows:
Total occupancy rate: 71.8% (based on 5,702 total beds and 3,856 total patients)
ICU occupancy rate: 79.1% (based on 815 ICU beds and 645 ICU patients)
Ventilator utilization rate: 52.3% (based on 765 ventilators and 400 ventilators in use)
Collin County data shows:
Total occupancy rate: 73.2% (based on 2,345 total beds and 1,717 total patients)
ICU occupancy rate: 74.8% (based on 401 ICU beds and 300 ICU patients)
Ventilator utilization rate: 35.7% (based on 258 ventilators and 92 ventilators in use)