Dallas County Health Director: Interventions Are "Making A Difference"

Alan Scaia
April 09, 2020 - 6:45 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas County reported 63 additional cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 1,324. The county had reported 106 cases Tuesday, 43 Monday, 97 Sunday, 94 last Saturday and 90 last Friday.

"All the interventions, the 'stay at home, stay safe,' are making a difference," says Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Phil Huang. "It is flattening the curve, but we need to be vigilant that everyone adheres to it."

The City of Dallas will keep parks closed for Easter weekend. The city says parks are usually filled with people celebrating the holiday with picnics and Easter egg hunts.

“I would have loved for our community to be able to celebrate Easter in our wonderful parks, and I regret that we have to make this decision,” Mayor Johnson said in a statement. “But we cannot take the unnecessary risk of further crowding in our parks right now. We cannot afford to jeopardize the gains that I believe we are making in the fight against COVID-19 with the stay-at-home orders that we have in place."

A 20th person in Dallas County has died from COVID-19. Huang says that was a man in his 60s from Garland who had other chronic health conditions.

Huang says 70 percent of people who have been hospitalized in Dallas County have been 60 or older or have a health condition. He says 28 percent have diabetes.

He says the current track shows a lower peak of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

"Based on our own data, it suggests the curve is flattening, but it is definitely a lower peak, and that's within the capacity we have within our community," Huang says.

Through Wednesday afternoon, Johnson said 53% of hospital beds were occupied. A total of 24 hospitals reported daily usage statistics Wednesday:

Total beds: 5,349

Beds occupied: 2,854 (53%)

Total ICU beds: 782 ICU beds occupied: 488 (62%)

Total ventilators: 901 Ventilators in use: 313 (35%)