76 new COVID-19 cases in county

76 new COVID-19 cases in county

Tarrant County added 1,702 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths on Wednesday.

The latest COVID-related deaths include a Mansfield man and woman in their 40s, an Arlington man in his 50s, a White Settlement woman in her 60s, a Fort Worth man in his 60s, a Bedford man in his 60s, a Fort Worth man in his 70s, a Mansfield man in his 70s, a Fort Worth woman in her 90s, a Keller woman in her 90s, and an Arlington woman in her 90s.

The frustration and urgency expressed by health officials comes days ahead of the Christmas holiday, which has authorities fearing yet another post-holiday spike in virus infections - a surge on top of a surge - that could officially leave hospitals overrun. Merced County's record for COVID-19 deaths was in August, which saw 67 fatalities.

The Whitley County Health Department announced the county's 20 COVID-19 related death on Tuesday. Confirmed COVID patients are using a pandemic high 23% of all available beds in the county.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 6,242 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday - the highest single-day total since the start of the pandemic.

"If you're still out there shopping for your loved ones for this holiday season or you're planning a holiday get-together, then you are missing the gravity of the situation that is affecting hospitals across Los Angeles County and California and this nation", county Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said Monday. That's 43% of the 749 ventilators available in the county. The pandemic high rate was 46% on December 14.

There are now 231 active cases in the county.

The orders become mandated when a region's free ICU beds drop below 15%. Adult ICU beds are at 97% capacity in Tarrant County as of Tuesday, up from 96% the previous day. The most recent high rate was 27% on November 1.

The Lewis County COVID total is now 788, with 63 active and 13 deaths. Tap on the map for case numbers.

ICU availability that low is what state health officials sought to avoid with the regional stay-at-home orders impacting Merced and a majority of California counties.

Los Angeles County announced 88 more people dead from the coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the county's cumulative death toll to 9,016 people. Tap the arrow button to replay the animation. Data provided by Tarrant County Public Health.

Lee Health officials said they're expecting a few thousand doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to arrive Tuesday morning.

Santa Monica - 35 new cases for a total of 2,289 cases and a total of 56 deaths.

The Hancock County case total is now 1,240, with 279 isolated, seven hospitalized and 26 deaths.

More information regarding specific groups in Phase 1b will be released later.

Melrose neighborhood - 82 new cases total of 4,275 cases and a total of 92 deaths.

Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997.

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