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COVID-19 updates: Dallas County hospitalizations up 53% compared to one month ago

A new model from UT Southwestern Medical Center says Dallas County could have up to 1,440 people hospitalized with COVID-19 by Jan. 29, judge Clay Jenkins says.

This story will be continuously updated as new information is released.

There are currently 1,160 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dallas County as of Monday, according to county health officials.

The record-high happened on Jan. 11 when there were 1,226 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Compared to one month ago, COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 53%, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

A new model from UT Southwestern Medical Center says Dallas County could have up to 1,440 people hospitalized with COVID-19 by Jan. 29, Jenkins says.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Dallas County health officials reported 1,589 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, 238 of which are probable because they came from antigen tests.

This now gives the county 208,991 total cases since tracking began in March.

There were also 16 confirmed COVID-19 deaths Monday. These include a Dallas man in his 40s, a Mesquite woman in her 50s, two Dallas men in their 50s, a Hutchins woman in her 60s, a Dallas man in his 60s, two Dallas women in their 70s, a Garland man in his 70s, a Grand Prairie man in his 80s, a Garland man in his 80s and a Grand Prairie man in his 80s. All had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A Richardson woman in her 60s and a Dallas woman in her 60s who did not have underlying high-risk health conditions also died.

Two Dallas women in their 80s died who had been critically ill in an area hospital.

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Collin County reports 555 new COVID-19 cases

Collin County had 555 new cases of COVID-19, according to Texas Health and Human Services.

There have now been 55,352 total cases since tracking began in March.

Collin County health officials said there are currently 522 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Monday.

Since Dec. 28, Collin County hospitals have had more than 500 hospitalizations every day. The record happened on Jan. 4 when there were 575 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Tarrant County adds 12 confirmed COVID-19 deaths

Tarrant County Public Health reported 12 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. 

These include two men from Arlington in their 60s, two women from Arlington in their 70s, a man from Arlington in his 80s, a woman from Bedford in her 80s, a woman from Crowley in her 60s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 50s, a man from Fort Worth in his 70s, a man from Hurst in his 70s, a woman from Richland Hills in her 80s, and a man from Sansom Park in his 40s. All but two had underlying health conditions.

Tarrant County now has 1,904 confirmed deaths since the first reported death in March.

Health officials also added 1,929 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. There have now been 195,518 total cases since tracking began in March.

There are currently 1,474 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Tarrant County hospitals. This makes up 30% of the county's total hospital bed capacity.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Denton County adds more than 1,000 new cases

Denton County Public Health announced 1,064 new cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the total count to 47,336 since tracking began in March.

This is the second-most cases added in a single day for Denton County. Those cases come from numbers reported Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, according to the county. The record happened on Oct. 6 when health officials added 1,240 COVID-19 cases. This was the first day the county started reporting antigen tests.

County health officials also reported eight new COVID-19 deaths. These include:

  • A female in her 70s who was a resident of unincorporated southeast Denton County
  • A female over 80 who was a resident of unincorporated southeast Denton County
  • A male over 80 who was a resident of Cedar Crest in Lewisville
  • A male in his 50s who was a resident of Corinth
  • A female in her 70s who was a resident of Brinker Denton SCC in Denton
  • A male in his 70s who was a resident of Pilot Point Care Center in Pilot Point
  • A male over 80 who was a resident of unincorporated northwest Denton County
  • A female over 80 who was a resident of Northlake

There are currently 204 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county's hospitals.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Texas child care centers report nearly 150 new cases

There were 146 new cases of COVID-19 in Texas licensed child care centers, school-age programs, and before- or after-school programs Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This includes both employees and children.

This is the 10th straight day when more than 100 new COVID-19 cases were reported.

The facilities that reported multiple cases Tuesday include:

  • Bethesda CDC in Haltom City (one student, two employees)
  • Lakewood Montessori School in Dallas (two children)
  • Early Learning Center in Fort Worth (two children)
  • Spanish Schoolhouse in Southlake (three employees)
  • Childrens Lighthouse of Woodbridge TX in Sachse (two employees)
  • Imagination Station in Garland (two employees)
  • First Baptist Kids in Keller (two employees)
Credit: Jay Wallis

Texas prison employee of more than 16 years dies after battling coronavirus

Another employee with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has died from COVID-19, officials announced Tuesday.

Correctional Lt. Treva Preston, 57, worked with the state and prison system for more than 16 years. 

Officials said she worked at the Hamilton Unit in Bryan and was hospitalized at a local hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Preston died in the hospital the morning of Jan. 15.

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"She was known as ‘Mama Bear’ for a reason," said Bobby Lumpkin, TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division Director. “Treva Preston was always ready to serve. Years ago she transitioned into the correctional ranks from the Texas Youth Commission getting promotion after promotion. That shows her dedication not just to TDCJ but to the citizens of the state of Texas. She will be missed dearly.”

Preston is the 36th prison employee to die of COVID-19 during the pandemic. According to TDCJ's dashboard, there are more than 1,400 active cases of coronavirus.

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Lt. Treva Preston, 57.

No vaccines available Tuesday at Esports Stadium in Arlington 

The Arlington Fire Department announced Monday on Facebook that they have not yet been resupplied with COVID-19 vaccines. 

This means the department is unable to administer vaccinations Tuesday at Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center. 

Fire officials said they will resume administering vaccines to residents who are in Phase 1A and 1B once they receive more doses.