Please go to "Theme Options > Posts Slider Settings" in your admin panel and enter "Total slides" value.

Tracking the Cases of Covid-19 in Dallas County

Scott Uncategorized Leave a comment   , , ,

Updated as new information is released regarding the number of cases in Dallas County specifically.

Dallas County 4/8: 1,324 Total Cases, 163 New Cases

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 63 additional positive cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 1,324. The 20th death was reported of a man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Rowlett. This individual had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying health conditions. Of cases requiring hospitalization, about three-quarters (70%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in over a quarter (29%) of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

The numbers of intensive care unit hospitalizations from COVID-19 from this past week have exceeded the peak week of ICU hospitalizations from influenza this past 2019-2020 season in Dallas County.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have been increasing in Dallas County, with about two-thirds (67%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, 36% of all hospitalized patients required admission to intensive care units.  

Before we can start returning to a sense of “Normal” this orange line will need to be descending, rather than increasing or staying flat.The orange line is important to track in order to determine how quickly the virus is spreading. The flatter the orange line, the slower the rate of transmission. This is what people are referring to when they say “Flatten the Curve.” The above table and chart track the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. The Blue line represents the total number of positive Covid-19 cases in Dallas County, while the Orange line represents the number of new positive cases on that given day. 

Dallas County website updated at 10 AM daily: 

Covid-19 Dallas Updates

Scott Uncategorized Leave a comment   , , ,

Keeping Dallas up to date on how the Covid-19 coronavirus is progressing, ordinances in place, and what you need to do to protect yourself.

March 22- Dallas county Judge Clay Jenkins issued a shelter in place order to its residents. This takes effect 11:59PM on March 23. 

“We have seen deaths in Dallas County and we announced one this Sunday morning — another person has died in a few hours. We must act swiftly,” Jenkins said.

The order states people may leave their residences only for essential activities — including to get supplies for themselves and their families or perform tasks essential to their health and safety and that of others — or to operate essential businesses, such as healthcare, critical infrastructure and retail, including grocery stores.

If you are not an essential business, going to buy groceries, or seeking medical attention, stay home. 

This does still allow people to do outdoor activities, as long as people maintain social distancing requirements of 6ft or greater  separation.  Feel free to go on walks, bike rids, running, or take the dogs for a walk.

Exercise is key in keeping your immune systems strong. Use this new found spare time to get 20 minutes of exercise every day, as well as cooking healthy meals at home. Try some new recipes that you have on pinterest, or get creative! Now is the time for you and your whole family to eat right and exercise, it could be a matter of life and death.

March 19- After initially allowing individual cities and counties to set their own restrictions, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has put in a statewide restriction on public gatherings and restaurants. Previously, individual counties and cities were able to make their own ordinances. These statewide restrictions are not any different than what was already in place in Dallas County already, but now the neighboring cities and counties will also have these tighter restrictions. 

Under the Governor’s order:

  • Bars and Restaurants are take-out or delivery only
  • No social gatherings of groups larger than ten will be allowed.
  • All gyms and massage studios will have to close
  • All schools must close
  • Visitors will not be accepted at nursing homes, retirement centers, and long-term care facilities unless they are actively providing critical care.

The Governor’s order came after Texas State Department of Health Services issued the state’s first public health disaster declaration since 1901.

March 18- 8:30 AM – Dallas County- 9 new cases yesterday, up to 29 positive cases. 

  • Three of the new cases are in their 20’s and 30’s with no underlying medical conditions, and are now in critical care at local hospitals.
  • Two others are also hospitalized
  • Four others are self-isolating at home, including 1 middle school student that had not traveled
  • Only one case related to travel

New Restrictions:

  • Restrict community gatherings to no more than 50 people
  • A prohibition on dine-in services for restaurants
  • The closure of bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, gyms, health studios, theaters and commercial amusement facilities
  • All city programs are suspended
  • All athletic fields are closed
  • All public golf courses and tennis courts are closed

The biggest update from today is that a few of those in critical condition at local hospitals are younger, and without any previous underlying conditions. Previously, it was thought that only the elderly or those with prior health concerns were at risk. This shows that anyone can be at risk. 

The FDA has began clinical trials working on a vaccine for Covid-19, as well as testing already approved medications for their potential to fight this disease.