Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 765 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Monday. These cases include those from Friday as well, Jenkins says.
COVID-19 hospitalization rates continue to surge with 1,233 patients in the hospitals of Trauma Service Area E, according to President and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council W. Stephen Love. More than a quarter of the adult ICU patients have COVID-19. The increase in hospitalization rates in the last 30 days has mostly affected unvaccinated people, who are at risk of catching the Delta variant. Love anticipates hospitalizations to increase.
As hospitalizations exceed 4,000 for the first time since March, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is encouraging Texans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, KERA reports. More than 12.5 million people in Texas are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which accounts for 52 percent of the state population that is eligible for the shots. But DSHS Commissioner Doctor John Hellerstedt says the millions of unvaccinated Texans need to get COVID-19 vaccines.