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COVID-19 Bulletin (09/29/21)

Pilots say vaccine mandate could leave to holiday travel shortages. More Texans under 60 are dying from COVID-19.
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported a three-day total of 2,292 new COVID cases and 15 deaths on Tuesday.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Texas continue to tick down, according to DFW Hospital Council CEO Steve Love. There are 2,601 hospitalized patients in regional facilities, representing 17.51 percent of bed capacity. There are 63 available ICU beds in North Texas.

Pilots at DFW-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines say that a COVID-19 vaccine mandate could cause holiday flight shortages. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Allied Pilots Association, representing 15,000 pilots at Fort Worth-based American Airlines, sent a letter to Congress warning that carriers may have “mass terminations of unvaccinated pilots.”

Unvaccinated patients have caused an uptick in younger COVID-19 deaths this summer. In August and September, more than 9,000 Texans who have died from COVID-19, and nearly 40 percent of them are under the age of 60, Texas Tribune reports.