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Irving Reports Over 100 Coronavirus Deaths

BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF

Irving, Texas. January 1, 2021

Irving's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 100 today (101 in total) and reached 17,528 confirmed cases.

As of 11:00 am December 31, 2020, Dallas County is reporting an additional 1,418 confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)  with a cumulative total of 172,165.   A total of 1,628 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

The latest Irving victims:

  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the city of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the city of Irving. He was found deceased at home, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • from yesterday: A woman in her 40's who was a resident of the city of Irving.  She expired in an area hospital emergency department and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued the following statement:

"As we approach the New Year’s holiday, I ask all Dallas County residents to please reconsider their plans if they involve spending time with individuals outside their household. While this is traditionally a joyous time when we gather with our friends and families to celebrate and usher in the New Year, we are in a very dangerous situation with COVID-19 in our county and region. 

This past week has brought record high hospitalizations across Dallas County and the region. We have limited ICU bed availability for a county of 2.7 million residents, and these beds are not solely for COVID patients, but other acute illness, traumas, and acute surgery recovery. UT Southwestern projects a 20 percent increase in hospitalizations by January 5 and our hospital and public health officials are extremely concerned about additional increases following the holidays. Hospitals are our last line of defense and they are being stretched. Our healthcare heroes need your help.

Please take personal responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following public health guidance and avoiding indoor New Year’s Eve celebrations such as at bars, clubs or restaurants. These are particularly high-risk settings. The safest way to celebrate is at home with your household. You may not feel your personal risk from COVID-19 is high, but given the high possibility of exposure in a bar or party setting, including house parties with people you don’t live with, you pose a risk to those around you if you can’t properly quarantine following potential exposure. Your actions could have potentially fatal implications if you contribute to the spread of COVID."


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