We all have heard of the increase of new daily COVID-19 infections across the country, and especially here in El Paso. The same had occurred for Collin County; however, the number of daily COVID-19 fatalities has consistently been decreasing and the hospitals are not near overrun with COVID-19 patients.
Presented here to support this is data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The highest number of new daily infections in Collin County was reported as being 1167 on August 15, 2020. Following that, Collin County change the way they count these new infections, so the following day the new peak number of new infections was 395. With this referenced, the current number of new infections in Collin County was 168 on October 24, 2020, and this number was relatively the same for about five weeks prior to that, so the “spike” in new cases was not really happening after September 16, 2020.
Concerning fatalities, the peak in Collin County occurred on September 19, 2020, at 5 deaths. With this referenced, Collin County has reported no COVID-19 deaths since October 18, 2020, as of October 24, 2020.
Concerning COVID-19 hospitalizations in Collin County, the peak occurred on July 22, 2020, at 223. Following that, the low in COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred on September 22, 2020, at 66. Since then, there has been a spike up to October 24, 2020, so far, at 156 hospitalizations.
Concerning COVID-19 hospitalizations in the North Central Texas area, 19% of the hospital beds were available as of August 12, 2020. With this referenced, 13% of the hospital beds were available as of October 24, 2020. Further, on August 12, 2020, there were 1975 available ventilators, and on October 24, 2020, there were 1878 of same available. In addition, on August 12, 2020, there were 1229 COVID-19 patients in the hospitals, and on October 24, 2020, there were 1399 of same.
Yes, in Collin County and in North Central Texas, there is much good news and there are reasons for reasonable hope. We all still must continue our personal mitigation. We know what to do. We can do this!
May we rely on our foundational sources for hope and strength; facts, logic, and faith.
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