With coronavirus spiking, Dallas-Fort Worth is urged to double down
COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in Fort Worth, Texas and across the country, leading to warnings from lawmakers and health officials to double up antivirus practices.
On November 9, Tarrant County hit a record 1,525 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to more than 75,000.
Dallas County’s November 11th saw a record 1,401 new COVID-19 cases every day – the highest number to date, excluding days when backlogs were recorded.
Hospital stays in North Texas and Dallas Counties showed a comparable jump.
Texas became the first state in the US to have 1 million confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with a total of 1,010,364 infections. Texas has the 10th largest number of cases in the world, surpassing the country of Italy.
There has also been an increase in other countries. Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospitals are full and North Dakota is lacking qualified personnel, according to the Associated Press. The US registered a million cases as early as November, not even in the middle of the month.
CNBC predicts that the US is heading for a “dark winter”, a “COVID hell”, the “darkest days of the pandemic”.
At a November 12 press conference, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the COVID-19 outbreak is “rising dangerously” and that Dallas County could hit its highest COVID hospital count to date if people don’t start changing their behavior .
Officials are particularly concerned about the upcoming holiday and the likelihood of people gathering in groups.
“Small gatherings are some of the most problematic,” said Jenkins. “People have to celebrate with their nuclear family and celebrate at home.”
He also warned against it Black Friday and against big partiesand recommended to limit any kind of Interaction with other people.
“Now is the time for those who have embraced the fatigue of COVID and have lost their determination to wear a mask and avoid the crowds to strengthen their commitment to public health and our economy by doing the things that we know will protect us, “said Jenkins.
Health professionals strongly recommend wearing a mask when you are around people who do not live in your home, stay within two meters, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and avoid unnecessary drives.
Jenkins said we are entering “the most dangerous phase we’ve seen so far” in the COVID crisis.