North Texas – Some parts of the country report increasing trends in Covid-19 cases in the last couple weeks, but that is not the case with the North Texas area where the number of new cases is low and stable, the data from the local health departments shows.
According to multiple sources, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties combined added a total of 263 new cases and two deaths on Tuesday. This data doesn’t include numbers from the Dallas County because the local health department is currently upgrading their computer system.
On Tuesday, there was a slight increase in the number of hospitalized patients reported in the North Texas hospitals. According to the available data, there have been total of 176 Covid-ill patients in the North Texas hospitals, which is a few more compared to the day before.
Just like the rest of the country, the slight increase in the number of patients is believed to be due to new virus strain, experts say.
“What we’re seeing with this new subvariant is that it is even more highly transmissible than the BA.2 and the omicron but thus far we still seem to have protection from the vaccine. The vaccine is very protective against serious illness and hospitalizations and death,” said Dr. Philip Huang, the Dallas County Health and Human Services director.
In the last couple of weeks, North Texas hospitals are seeing the lowest numbers since the pandemic began. Currently, only about 1.2% of hospital beds in the 19-county region are COVID patients.