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Tarrant County reported a pandemic excessive of greater than 2,100 new coronavirus instances and almost 800 hospitalizations Wednesday, the identical day Fort Price Mayor Betsy Value examined optimistic for COVID-19.
“As we head into the vacation season, we proceed to ask everybody to stay vigilant and prioritize the well being and security of our group by carrying a masks and social distancing,” Value mentioned in an announcement. Value’s husband had examined optimistic for the virus simply hours earlier.
County information confirmed coronavirus sufferers accounted for greater than 15% of hospital mattress occupancy for a second straight day. If that fee continues for seven consecutive days, stricter well being precautions that embrace bar closures and decreased restaurant capacities will go into impact, in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s October govt order.
Public well being officers are alarmed on the tendencies. On Tuesday, Vinny Taneja, the county’s public well being director, issued a public well being warning asking residents to assist flatten the curve. However due to Abbott’s earlier govt order limiting the authority of native officers to shut bars or set curfews, the warning doesn’t include any mandates.
Taneja additionally famous that there are solely 36 intensive care unit beds nonetheless out there in Tarrant hospitals, a state of affairs he known as “dire.” The county is asking bars to shut voluntarily to assist cease the unfold, and County Choose Glen Whitley urged church buildings to return to on-line providers earlier this week.
Throughout the state, public officers have urged constituents to keep away from vacation gatherings with anybody exterior of their family, and Fort Price printed steerage this week that beneficial small, out of doors meals.
In August, through the county’s earlier peak, greater than 4,000 residents examined optimistic per week. This previous week, greater than 7,000 did. All through Texas, instances, hospitalizations and deaths are rising steadily after passing the 1 million case rely final week. Regardless of the rising numbers, Abbott has mentioned no extra lockdowns are coming.
On Wednesday, WFAA-TV reported that Tarrant County’s contact tracers recognized a minimum of eight individuals who examined optimistic for COVID-19 within the county who mentioned they just lately attended occasions at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the place the Dallas Cowboys play. The newest publicity was one particular person Nov. 8, when the Cowboys performed the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Whereas different NFL groups have scaled again the variety of followers they’ve admitted to video games, Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ proprietor, mentioned in a current radio interview he has no plans to take action after averaging round 25,000 followers per recreation.
A number of nationwide conventions and sporting occasions may even be held subsequent month within the metropolis, which has some within the business anxious about attainable unfold. The Nationwide Slicing Horse Affiliation will maintain its four-day world championship in Fort Price’s Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, which is allowed to function at 50% of its almost 3,000-person capability. The “Tremendous Bowl of rodeo” may even happen subsequent month, with greater than per week of festivities and occasions in Tarrant County inside resorts and conference facilities.