Hospital admissions and emergency room visits rose slightly after weeks of encouraging declines in the latest COVID-19 report to the Dallas County Commissioners from the county health director on Tuesday.
Dr. Philip Huang said the orange threat level recently reduced from the most severe red is fragile.
Thanksgiving celebrations are around the corner that can spread the disease, and nearly 40% of Dallas County residents remain unvaccinated.
“We’ve had Halloween, where we’re now entering Thanksgiving and Christmas, very worried that going to orange does not mean we’re returning to normal,” said Dr. Huang.
Indoor masks and social distancing practiced at the Commissioners Court meeting are still among the precautions recommended by the Director of Health.
The little Dallas county climb comes as a neighbor New Mexico and other U.S. locations report much larger increases in COVID-19 cases.
“This recent leveling and even increases are certainly worrying given that we are going into Thanksgiving, Christmas and what is being seen in other parts of the country and also Europe and other areas. So the message is really that we just can not let our guard fall, ”said Dr. Huang.
To increase the possibility of vaccination, Dallas County will reopen the Fair Park vaccination site for booster shots and first shots this Sunday and the next Sundays with all three adult shooting options and Pfizer vaccines for children ages 5 and up.
The Ellis Davis Field House vaccination site, which has been run by Parkland Hospital since the start of the pandemic, closes next week as demand for shots has dropped.
Dallas County also runs a large vaccination site at Eastfield College, and shots are now widely available at pharmacies and drugstores.
“What we need the public to understand is, just come and get the vaccine,” said Commissioner John Wiley Price.
Dr. Huang urged families to consider members’ vaccination status when deciding who is sitting at the Thanksgiving table.
“I think everyone needs to assess their own risk and their situation. Certainly, if people are fully vaccinated in your family group, there are people who are not at high risk. But if you have family members who are at high risk, then this is something you need to consider and look at your family members’ vaccination status, ”said Dr. Huang.
The Dallas County Commissioners on Tuesday approved about $ 20 million for programs to combat the problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including mental health, substance abuse, housing, and litigation.