We have heard about the current spike in the number of daily new COVID-19 infections across the country. The same has indeed occurred for Dallas County. However, the daily number of fatalities has continued to trend down, and the daily number of hospitalizations is not close to overrunning the hospital capacity.
To be more specific, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the past spikes in the number of new infections for Dallas County occurred on July 26, 2020, at 1267, and on August 18, 2020, at 1850. Relative to those, the number of new infections for Dallas County on October 24, 2020, was 531.
Further, according to the same source, the peak in the number of fatalities for Dallas County occurred on August 20, 2020, at 20. Since then, this trend has been going down, and on October 21, 2020, there was only one death reported as due to the virus. Again, every life is precious.
Moreover, for Dallas County, the hospital system capacity is in a healthy state. The peak in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations was on July 25, 2020, at about 710. Since that time, the low in the number of hospitalizations was on September 20, 2020, at around 200. With the spike in infections there is a spike in hospitalizations, as demonstrated on October 20, 2020, when it was at about 430. These hospitalization numbers are taken from graphical illustrations from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center website. Again, the county hospital capacity is not currently as risk.
May we continue to mitigate well. We know what to do. It is up to us. May we also rely on our foundational sources for hope and strength; facts, logic, and faith.
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