Dallas County health officials are raising the COVID-19 threat level to red — the highest on the county’s scale — due to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the county, Judge Clay Jenkins says.
Jenkins said the county’s public health committee unanimously made the recommendation Tuesday night.
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Dallas County was 684 on Tuesday — the highest it’s been since Feb. 17.
The county has also seen an increase in coronavirus-related deaths. The seven-day average has been above three since Thursday. It stayed at 2.28 or lower from June 21 to July 20.
Hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area E, which includes 19 North Texas counties, were at 1,783 Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services — more than twice as many as on July 18 and more than four times as many as on July 3.
The majority of the people hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council President Stephen Love said. He encouraged everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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