The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council said it had noticed an “increase” in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
“We don’t want people to panic. Fort Worth Hospital Council Chairman and CEO Stephen Love said.
He said there has been a steady increase in cases at North Texas hospitals since June.
Love said there were 323 cases on September 1, compared with 73 on June 21.
- September 1: 323 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 25 of whom are children
- August 21: 237 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 18 of whom are children
- July 21: 134 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including 3 in pediatrics
- June 21: 73 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including 2 in pediatrics
“From talking to infectious disease doctors and looking at some of the reports coming into the state, it’s generally the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions who are hospitalized. A lot of people are testing positive right now.” If you test at home, you test positive and you actually have the virus, but it’s not severe enough to go to the hospital, so that’s good.” said Love.
While the recent numbers are far lower than the 800 COVID-19 hospitalizations at DFW hospitals in August 2022, health workers still want people to be vigilant. ing.
“Anytime you have an infectious disease, you need to be careful. And we know that flu season is approaching. When you see it, you definitely want to get vaccinated.” We have the flu vaccine and now we have the RSV vaccine,” Love said.
With schools reopening and people returning from summer travel, there has been a notable increase in COVID-19 cases.
“We see the trend as upward, which is in line with the national trend,” Christian Grisales said. Spokesperson for the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services.
He said it’s a good time for people to be proactive as the flu and respiratory syncytial virus season is also beginning.
“Taking whatever precautions we can to prevent people from getting sick and going to the hospital, that’s what we have to do,” Grizalez said.
He said the vaccine could help prevent people from being hospitalized because even if they can get it, it’s not severe enough to require hospitalization.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a new coronavirus vaccine will be available around the end of this month and is expected to target different virus strains.
“When I talk to infectious disease doctors, they point out a few things. One is that some of the vaccines are kind of starting to wane, because these are new variants. and they are all cousins of Omicron and they get infected with XB B XB B 1.5 XB B 1.6 so hopefully this new upcoming vaccine will work and we will have some immunity to those variants in the next 3-4 weeks. I hope we get it,” Love said.
He said Texas had not yet detected the newest strain of coronavirus disease, Pirrola, when he last checked with state and local health officials.