DALLAS – Those who have been in the trenches treating patients with COVID-19 are concerned that North Texas may experience an increase in cases related to Labor Day weekend.
The latest model of how COVID-19 is spreading in the region shows two vulnerable groups: the unvaccinated and the children.
The forecast for COVID-19 in the southwest of the UT means that Tarrant County will continue to see an increase in people hospitalized in the coming weeks. In Dallas County, where mask placement is higher, the outlook is more encouraging, with new or less flat hospital admissions. There is a problem, though.
“We are not even close to the peak. The peak is expected to be in late September, early October in this current trajectory. If we see an additional increase from the Labor Day weekend, this could be the number of patients he puts in, ”said Dr. Mark Casanova, Dallas County Medical Society.
UT Southwestern says hospitalizations reflect the spread of the delta variant, which now accounts for almost all positive samples and the large number of unvaccinated people who become seriously ill.
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Labor Day activities resumed largely across the region on Monday and over the weekend compared to last year.
The Garland Labor Day parade, canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, went back to Garland for the 75th year.
“It’s just tradition. It’s been here for most of these people’s lives and it’s something that brings everyone together every year,” said Scott Lemay, Garland’s mayor.
On the west side of Trinity, Fort Worth Runners Club Labor Day 5K filled the streets.
“We’ve talked about the fact that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities through this pandemic, but the delta has changed a lot,” Casanova said.
He said the parade and the 5k, the people who participate and watch mostly without masks, don’t bother him as much as what he saw over the weekend – crowded stadiums of college football games and queue parties before the launches.
“The amount that this delta variant can transmit, even in such close and packaged outdoor environments, worries us a lot,” Casanova said.
He said he remains concerned, as pediatric cases in the E Trauma Service Area E, the 19-county North Central Texas region, are more than double the January volumes. Experts say face-to-face school is probably the reason.
“Frankly, the E trauma service area can’t take much longer. Of the previous four days, three of those days did not show any pediatric beds available in the ICU with staff,” Casanova said.
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