The Texas State Health Services Department reported 5,335 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday, and an additional 107 deaths have been caused by the virus, Covid-19. The state health department also reports another additional hospitalization.
The total number of Texas cases brought to 748,6977 in those new cases since the epidemic began in March, with the death toll at 15,711, according to the D.H.S. However, the true number of cases is likely higher although many have not been investigated and studies suggest that people may become infected and not feel ill.
The health department also estimated 69,767 active cases of the virus, including the current 4,344 patients. The number of patients had been declining in many parts of September for the past few days before resuming the climb.
On Monday, 3,201 were admitted to hospitals in the state. That number reached 3,251 on Tuesday and jumped again on Wednesday, jump44.
According to state health data, DFW has the highest number of Covid-19 patients in the state at 898, 89 not seen at the end of Gust and an increase of about 100 patients since Monday.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as a fever and cough that become apparent in two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and those with existing health problems, it can lead to more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
In Taranto County, public health officials are hoping three new programs will help stop the spread of the virus. The first is mailing home-to-home COVID-19 test kits to people who are not able to schedule an appointment at the county drive thru test site.
The county also deals with delays in case calculations, so people launched a self-reporting tool to upload their COVID-19 results directly.
“Contacting efforts are best within the first 14 days, so to meet that challenge, we’ve come up with this self-reporting tool that if you know you’ve tested positive, then report it yourself,” said Vinay Taneja. Do, ”said Vinnie Taneja, Trent County Public Health Director.
The county is also running a campaign called “Answer the Call” in the hope that more people will answer the phone when contact tracers call.
In Dallas County, County Judge Clay Jenkins says the number of cases and hospital admissions is increasing and the time to take precautions to prevent further spread of the disease is now to continue wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding unnecessary travel.
NBC5 and the Associated Press.