Wednesday brought some hope in the fight against the coronavirus as Dallas County announced 63 new cases, a noticeable decline from the 90 to 100 reported each day over the last week.
“All of the interventions, the home, stay safe are making a difference. It is flattening the curve,” said Health Director Dr. Philip Huang.
In a press conference, Huang pointed to diagrams of a curve showing, at most, a little over 500 hospital beds would be needed according to the most recent trends of county-wide cases. That’s in contrast to a diagram showing what would happen if no precautions had been taken that estimated 17,500 beds would be needed at the virus’ peak.
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But Huang, along with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, still urged people to remain vigilant.
It’s a sentiment that echoed Dr. Deborah Birx from the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force earlier in the day.
"If people start going out again and socially interacting, we could see a very acute second wave very early,” said Birx.
Wednesday, county health officials said current trends show the number of cases of COVID-19 peaking in late April or early May.