Although the average number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Dallas County has recently declined, the county – like the rest of the United States – is behind on immunity targets that have been set.
The county reported 133 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, which includes Friday’s totals. The county will report cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday Tuesday.
The county also reported on Monday two more deaths from COVID-19 – a 71-year-old Dallas woman and an 84-year-old Mesquite woman. Both had underlying high-risk health issues.
Dallas County reported an average of around 100 new cases per day during the month of June, its lowest average for a month since April 2020.
The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, which has tracked the county’s COVID-19 data, originally predicted the county would achieve herd immunity by the end of June, when 80% of the population either vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. In May, the center postponed the county’s collective immunity screening until the end of July.
Herd immunity is a “moving target,” said Dr Steve Fox, associate director of the UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium. Immunity to infections and previous vaccinations may decrease as the virus progresses.
The coronavirus, which is an RNA virus, can evolve more easily than DNA viruses. According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has six “variants of concern”: alpha, beta, gamma, delta, B.1.427 epsilon, and B.1.429 epsilon.
The delta variant has become of particular concern to health officials. Within weeks, it went from less than 3% to 10% of all cases in the United States, leading the CDC to classify it as a variant of concern.
“What we’ve seen of delta seems to suggest that it is more transmissible than other variants, and that it also escapes some level of immunity,” Fox said.
Dallas County reported 148 variant cases – nine of the delta variant – on Monday. The best protection against the delta variant is to get vaccinated, Fox said.
“I think what we’re seeing from delta is probably not enough to escape all that immunity, but we don’t know yet if that will cause another surge. “
President Joe Biden’s administration aimed for 70% of adults to receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4, which will be narrowly missed, according to an analysis carried out in early June by Le New York Times. This analysis also showed that it would take Texas two more months to reach Biden’s goal.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 13,799,050 people in the state have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 11,825,042 – 49.1% of the state’s population of 12 years and over – are fully vaccinated, Monday.
Dallas County’s immunization figures are similar to those in the state. According to DSHS, 1,253,879 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,066,276 – 48.9% of the county’s population aged 12 and over – are fully vaccinated .
As demand for Dallas County’s vaccines has slowed, authorities are working to encourage people to get vaccinated with outreach efforts and pop-up clinics through community partners.
“We want to do whatever works that motivates people to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Philip Huang, director of the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. “So I think we’re exploring a lot of different things and hopefully I can announce more soon. “
Huang said the county hopes to announce vaccine incentives within the next two weeks. He said Dallas County will continue its vaccine awareness efforts beyond the summer as well, with an interest in offering vaccines at the upcoming state fair.
Of the county’s cases reported on Monday, 95 have been confirmed and 38 were probable. The figures bring the county’s total cases to 306,102, of which 262,710 are confirmed and 43,392 probable. The death toll is 4,122.
According to Dallas County COVID-19 response measures, the county will revert to what health officials have described as the “new standard” for transmission risk, when the number of confirmed and probable cases over 14 consecutive days is less than 27 per day.
Statewide, an additional 370 cases were reported on Monday, including 308 new cases and 62 older cases recently reported by labs.
The state also reported two deaths from COVID-19, bringing its toll to 51,201.
Of the new cases, 221 were confirmed and 87 were probable. Of the oldest cases, 61 have been confirmed and one was probable.
The state’s total number of cases is now 2,984,523, of which 2,543,253 are confirmed and 441,270 probable.
There are 1,428 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 350 in Dallas-Fort Worth – two numbers that have remained fairly stable throughout June.
Tarrant County reported 34 cases on Monday. No additional deaths were reported.
Of the new cases, 32 were confirmed and two were probable. The figures bring the county’s total cases to 263,335, of which 219,984 are confirmed and 43,351 probable. The death toll is 3,566.
According to the county, 112 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 934,805 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 823,501 – 47.4% of the county’s population aged 12 and older – are fully vaccinated .
The state added 84 cases to the Collin County totals on Monday. No additional deaths were reported.
Of the new cases, 59 were confirmed and 25 were probable. The figures bring the county’s total cases to 92,867, with 75,928 confirmed and 16,939 probable. The death toll is 845.
According to the county, 44 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 576,314 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 508,901 – 58.8% of the county’s population aged 12 and older – are fully vaccinated .
Denton County reported 84 cases on Monday. No additional deaths were reported.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total cases to 76,975, with 56,374 confirmed and 20,601 probable. The death toll is 615.
According to the county, 25 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 450,042 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 394,280 – 52.6% of the county’s population aged 12 and over – are fully vaccinated .
The Texas Department of State Health Services took over the reports for these other North Texas counties. In some countries, new data may not be communicated every day.
The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 11,842 cases (9,458 confirmed and 2,384 probable), 158 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 16,500 cases (13,632 confirmed and 2,868 probable), 266 deaths.
- Ellis County: 23,217 cases (19,118 confirmed and 4,099 probable), 323 deaths.
- Johnson County: 20,127 cases (16,995 confirmed and 3,132 probable), 376 deaths.