COVID-19 continues to spread in North Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

COVID-19 cases are rising again in North Texas.

Parkland Health in Dallas says the test positivity rate is 15%, down from 2% positive a few months ago.

Dr. Joseph Chang, chief medical officer of Parkland Health, says community spread is moderate and up from low transmission in early spring.

“We spread it pretty well between us,” Chang said.

He baptized this mini wave “omicron lite” and far from what we saw during the winter holidays at the omicron peak where 1 in 3 tests were positive.

“We compare that with the number of hospitalizations, you’ll see that our hospitalization trends aren’t as dramatic,” Chang said.

Chang says on most days there are between 10 and 20 patients at Parkland with COVID-19 and almost all of them can be sent home for treatment. At the height of the omicron in December and January, Parkland had 300 COVID patients.

Still, the DFW Hospital Council says there are 477 inpatients at area hospitals, up around 100 patients in the last seven days alone.

Public health officials don’t believe this wave will turn into a surge and the recent increase in COVID cases nationwide is already starting to plateau.

Free COVID test kits are available through covid.gov with shipments arriving USPS in your mailbox, typically within 2-3 business days.

Vinny Taneja, director of public health for Tarrant County, told county commissioners on Tuesday that community spread has also gone from low to moderate.

“Hopefully this gives us a good indicator that we might find a plateau after July 4,” Taneja said. “What’s going on, we don’t know. But hopefully we’ll start to go down.

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