Texas State Department Health Services reported 5,335 new coronavirus cases and another 107 deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Wednesday. The state health department is also reporting another increase in hospitalizations.
Those new cases have brought the total number of cases in Texas since pandemic monitoring began in March to 748,697, with a death toll of 15,711, DHS reported. However, the real number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest that people can be infected and not feel sick.
The health department also estimated 69,767 active cases of the virus, including 3,344 current hospital patients. The number of patients had declined for much of September before starting to rise again in the last few days.
The state reported 3,201 hospitalizations on Monday. That number rose to 3,251 on Tuesday and jumped back to 3,344 on Wednesday.
DFW has the largest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the state with 898, according to state health data, an unseen high since late August and an increase of nearly 100 patients since Monday.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild to moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that resolve in two to three weeks. For some, particularly the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia and death.
In Tarrant County, public health officials hope that three new programs will help curb the spread of the virus. The first is sending COVID-19 test kits home to those unable to make an appointment at a county drive-thru test site.
The county is also addressing case counting delays, so it has launched a self-reporting tool to allow people to directly upload COVID-19 results.
“Contact tracking efforts are best within the first 14 days, so to overcome this challenge, we have created this self-report tool that if you know you tested positive, report it yourself,” Vinny Taneja said the director of the Tarrant County Public Health.
The county is also launching a campaign called “Answer the Call”, in hopes of getting more people to answer the phone when contact detectors call.
In Dallas County, County Judge Clay Jenkins says the number of cases and hospitalizations is on the rise and the time to take precautions to prevent further spread of the disease is now by continuing to wear masks, wash hands and avoid travel. not necessary.
NBC 5 and Associated Press.