Even with the arrival of vaccines, this global health crisis is not slowing down as Dallas and Tarrant counties collectively report 601 new cases according to a Dallas Morning News article from February 21st. In it they say:
“Dallas County reported 273 new coronavirus cases Sunday, as well as 22 more deaths from COVID-19. The latest victims include 17 men and five women ranging in age from their 30s to their 90s . . .
Of the new cases, 229 were confirmed and 44 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 276,945, including 242,770 confirmed and 34,175 probable. The death toll is 2,838.
Health officials use hospitalizations, intensive-care admissions and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. Because of a lag in weekend reporting, the data will next be available Tuesday.”
In response, Dallas College is training sorely in-demand health care workers according to a CBS 21 DFW article from February 22nd. In it they say:
“Dallas College administrators say they are working diligently to recruit and train more nurses into the field.
The nurses of all levels are needed now and will be in the future.
Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint the Vice Provost at Dallas College Health Sciences said they can begin training nurses at the entry-level and above.”
More than just capable doctors and medical researchers, nurses and other medical staff are the backbone of the healthcare system.