FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County Public Health reported 1,525 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, Nov. 9, its largest single-day total.

TCPH said these are all new cases, not from a data backlog.

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TCPH calls the community spread level “substantial” on its dashboard.

Brian Murnahan, a spokesperson for TCPH told CBS 11, “The increase in cases being seen across Tarrant County reflects both more people being out in groups, not wearing masks or socially distancing enough and the weather cooling down, driving people inside where the problems with social distancing are compounded.”

Tarrant County’s total case count since the pandemic began is 75,161 and 763 deaths.

There’s also been an uptick in hospitalizations for the virus.

“It’s very concerning, to be candid,” said Stephen Love, president & CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. “When I’ve talked to some of the physicians and clinicians, they think part of it had to do with Halloween, Halloween parties, and now we’re seeing some of the impact of that.”

The City of North Richland Hills decided to turn this week’s Veterans Day Celebration into a virtual one because of ongoing concerns about the pandemic.

“It was a hard decision to say we’re not going to do it in person, but with the numbers in Tarrant County, with the hospital situation continuing to scare us,” said NRH Mayor Oscar Trevino. “We just have to do it in a smarter way, but still acknowledge the service these folks provided.”

The celebration will include NRH Police and Fire Honor Guard presenting the colors, a ceremonial wreath of honor, a patriotic concert, a theatrical performance and other patriotic presentations and performances.

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The virtual event will happen on Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m.

The Veterans Day Parade in Fort Worth, a century-old tradition, will go on as a motorcade, starting at Panther Island and rolling down North Park Boulevard.

Organizers say there’s plenty of room along the Clear Fork section of the Trinity Trails system to safely watch and show support.

“Safer than going to the grocery store, that’s for sure,” said Dan Zmroczek, president of the Tarrant County Veterans Council. “Biggest hope, that people come out and honor those that served.”

The motorcade will begin after a brief opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Health officials do encourage people to stay within their own family unit as much as possible and to be extra careful when out in public.

“I tell people, if you really want to help a first responders, if you really want to help a hospital worker, then wear a mask,” Love said. “Physical distance. Wash your hands. Do your part so you don’t become infected.”


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