The Delta Variant of COVID-19 has taken over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex resulting in a sharp increase in cases and hospitalizations, states the latest report by researchers at UT Southwestern. The report “COVID-19 Current State Analysis and Forecasting for the DFW Region” was published by the Medical Center on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
The report documents past and current COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, revealing that COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased by 97% over the past two weeks. They predict that Dallas County will experience 1,500 or more concurrent hospitalized COVID-19 Delta Variant cases by August 30th, which is 250 more hospitalized patients than at the previous peak of the Pandemic in January, 2020. Approximately 1,800 new COVID-19 infections per day are expected by August 30th.
Another alarming trend with the Delta Variant is the increase in hospitalizations in children under the age of 17 (those under 12 years old are not yet eligible for the vaccine), and over 65. The fastest growth in daily hospital admissions, however, is for individuals aged 18 – 49. It has been widely reported that of those hospitalized for COVID-19, over 95% are unvaccinated.
The report concludes that “It is still possible to avoid the worst scenarios if vaccination volumes return to prior levels. Increased personal adherence to indoor masking, physical distancing, and other interventions recommended by health experts will be necessary to protect the health of Texans who are currently unvaccinated (including kids 11 and under) or who may be immunocompromised.”
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Source: COVID-19 Current State Analysis and Forecasting for the DFW Region, UT Southwestern Medical Center, August 11, 2021