The Texas State Department of State Health Services on Wednesday reported 5,335 new coronovirus cases and an additional 107 deaths due to COVID-19, a disease caused by the virus. The state’s health department is also reporting another increase in hospitals.
The DHS reported that new cases brought the total number of cases to Texas, as epidemic tracking began in March at 748,697, killing 15,711 people. However, the exact number of cases is likely to be higher, as many have not been tested and studies show that people may become infected and not feel ill.
The Health Department has also estimated 69,767 active cases of the virus, including 3,344 hospital patients. The number of patients declined during September, before the start of climbing again in the last few days.
On Monday, the state reported 3,201 hospitals. The number rose to 3,251 on Tuesday and again to 3,344 on Wednesday.
According to state health statistics, DFW has the most hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the state with 898, a high since the end of August and an increase of nearly 100 patients since Monday.
For most people, coronovirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clears up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can lead to more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
In Tarant County, public health officials are hoping that three new programs will help prevent the spread of the virus. The first is mailing home COVID-19 test kits for those who are not able to schedule an appointment at the county drive-through test site.
The county is also dealing with case count delays, so they launched a self-reporting tool for people to upload their COVID-19 results directly.
“The contact tracing effort is best within the first 14 days, so to overcome that challenge, we’ve come up with this self-reporting tool that if you know you’ve tested positive, report it yourself, “Said Vinny Taneja, director of Tarant County Public Health.
The county is also running a campaign called, “Answer the Call”, when people answer the call, hoping to contact more people to answer the phone.
In Dallas County, County Judge Clay Jenkins says the number of cases and hospitalizations is increasing and the time to take precautions to prevent the disease from spreading further is to wear masks, wash hands and avoid unnecessary visits is.
NBC 5 and Associated Press.