Margaret Bondoc, an intensivist who works in the intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas, wears requisite personal protective gear. Courtesy of Methodist Dallas


COVID-19 Bulletin (08/30/21)

More than half of all ICU patients have COVID-19. Half of all teens have been vaccinated.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 1,119  new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Friday.

After rising for a few days, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals was down a bit on Sunday, with 3,119 COVID-19 patients in North Texas hospitals, DFW Hospital Council CEO Steve Love reports. That is still 23.2 percent of available bed capacity and 51.7 percent of adult ICU patients.

Dr. Jeffrey SoRelle at UT Southwestern Medical Center is responsible for tracking COVID-19 variants in North Texas. Identifying which strains are in the region and at what levels they are spreading can impact infection rates, hospitalization, and even mortality. Learn how those strains are measured and more with KERA.

Biden administration officials say that half of U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 17 have gotten at least their first COVID-19 vaccine, WFAA reports. The vaccination rate among teenagers is growing faster than among any other age group, and contributing to critical progress, says White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients.



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