COVID-19 Hospitalizations Turn Sharply Up Locally, Across Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
As COVID-19 continues to put more and more unvaccinated Texans in the hospital the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Delta variant now makes up 83% of all new cases in the U.S., a dramatic rise from 50% the week of July 3.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported Tuesday there were 3,319 hospitalizations for COVID-19 statewide, 273 more than the day before, and more than twice as many than were hospitalized statewide on July 1.
The state does not report how many of those hospitalized had been vaccinated against the virus or which strains they are infected with.
“As we have said before, the majority of the patients are not vaccinated,” Love said. “As a point of reference, we had 287 COVID-19 patients in the hospitals on June 20 so as you can tell, our hospitalizations have increased significantly in 30 days.”
According to data from the state health department, Dallas-Fort Worth’s TSA-E has more COVID-19 hospitalizations than any other metro area in the state.
The numbers reported by the state, in the chart above, are typically a day behind the numbers reported by local health authorities such as the DFW Hospital Council or local county health departments.
Discovered in October 2020, the Delta variant is estimated by public health officials in the U.K. to be between 43% and 90% more transmissible than the original COVID-19 strain.
“The reason it’s so formidable is the fact that it has the capability of transmitting efficiently from human to human in an extraordinary manner, well beyond any of the other variants that we’ve experienced, up to now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor, said during the hearing.