Novel Coronavirus Update of July 27, 2020

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Thankfully, we have many COVID-19 numbers and trends that are improving, based on the Texas Department of State Health Services. For instance, for the first time in four months, Texas experienced no deaths to the virus on July 24, 2020. Further, with the concern for opening schools, the state had 7% of her confirmed viral cases in those under the age of twenty. Of these confirmed 5713 cases, eight patients died who were 10-19 years old.

The state’s viral positivity rate is currently 13.2%, and its peak was on July 16, 2020, when it was 17.4%. This rate has been trending down; however, per the CDC, this rate should be below 10%.

The state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 hospitalized patients is 9781. Currently, 23% of the state’s hospital beds are available, which is 21% more available hospital beds than just 16 days ago. Also currently, there are 1345 ICU beds available, which is 43% more available ICU beds than just 16 days ago. Further, there are 6073 available ventilators in the state, which is 18% more available ventilators than just 16 days ago.

The north central Texas area now has 17% of its hospital beds available, which is 13% more than 16 days ago. In this same area, 310 ICU beds are available, which is 20% more than 16 days ago; there are 1799 ventilators available, which is 58% more than 16 days ago; and there are 1634 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, which is 13% less than there were 16 days ago.

We have always known that the increased viral testing rate was a significant factor in the number of new confirmed cases. Within the state, in the month of July alone there were four times as many tests done than were done through April 30, 2020. Within Dallas and Collin Counties, in July alone there were twice as many tests done than were done in these counties through April 30, 2020.

The peak in new viral daily cases in Texas was on July 15, 2020, in Dallas County it was on July 26, 2020, and in Collin County it was on July 11, 2020. The peak in daily fatalities in Texas was on July 12, 2020, in Dallas County it was on July 4, 2020, and in Collin County it was on July 3, 2020; this curve for the state has significantly turned downwards. The peak in hospitalizations in Texas was on July 22, 2020, and in Dallas County it was on July 24, 2020. The peak in active cases in Dallas County was on July 20, 2020, and in Collin County it was on April 13, 2020.

Now, for some raw data I have often reported: The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 1000 residents in Texas was 13, in Dallas County was 17, and in Collin County it was 5.5. There have been many recoveries from this virus; in Texas there are 229,000, in Dallas County there are 29,000, and in Collin County there are 4600.

The number of active viral cases in the state is 147,000, in Dallas County is 16,000, and in Collin County the number of active cases is 1100. The number of viral tests done in Texas is 3.4 million, in Dallas County is 315,000, and in Collin County is 74,500.

Clearly, the trends are improving. We have got to keep these trends going. Please continue your social distancing, wear a cloth mask when social distancing is more difficult over time, stay home if you are feeling sick, wash your hands many times daily for at least twenty seconds each time, self-quarantine if you have had a significant exposure to another who has the virus, and DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE.

We have got to keep mitigating. Our societal success does not depend on our local, state, and national leaders; instead, our societal success depends on each one of us mitigating well!

May we rely on our foundational sources for strength; facts, logic, and faith!

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