Coronavirus hospitalizations hit new highs in Texas, Dallas County; state adds more than 30,000 cases

Dallas County reported 2,794 more coronavirus cases and 20 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday as hospital admissions for the virus hit record numbers across the county and across the state.

More than 30,000 new cases have been reported across Texas, close to a record high a week earlier. More than 13,000 people in the state have now been hospitalized for the virus.

Recent Dallas County victims included 10 Dallas residents: a man and a woman in their forties, a man and a woman in their sixties, two men in their seventies, and a woman and three men in their eighties, including one who a long-term care facility lived in Dallas. All had underlying health problems. The woman in her sixties was found dead at home and two of the victims died in hospice care.

Seven Mesquite residents were included in the total, including two men in their fifties, two women in their sixties, one man in their seventies, and one man and one woman in their eighties. All but one, the man in his eighties, had health problems. Two of the victims lived in long-term care facilities.

The remaining victims included two Seagoville men – one in their sixties who had no underlying health problems and one in their eighties – and a Garland woman in their seventies who had underlying health problems.

District Judge Clay Jenkins noted in a written statement that a model released last week by UT Southwestern Medical Center had forecast Dallas County to reach 2,300 new daily cases and 860 to 1,350 hospital admissions for the virus by Jan. 11 would receive.

“Unfortunately we met or exceeded these predictions,” he said. “We as individuals control these numbers and our actions drive them up or down.”

Jenkins urged residents to limit unnecessary activities and continue to take precautions against the virus as vaccines production and distribution increase.

Of the new cases reported Tuesday, 2,563 are confirmed and 231 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 182,157 and the probable cases to 22,218. The county has recorded 1,698 COVID-19 deaths.

Health officials are using hospital stays, intensive care units and emergency rooms as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. In the 24-hour period that ended Monday, 1,113 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in the district’s hospitals – a record number. During the same period, 534 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.

Texas Health Resources, one of the largest hospital systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, announced Tuesday that all elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures were suspended from Thursday due to the increasing number of coronavirus patients. The rise in cases has put a “heavy burden” on bed capacity and staff, the hospital system said in a press release.

Nationwide data

Across the state, 31,630 more cases and 250 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Tuesday, including 30,180 new cases and 1,450 older cases recently reported by laboratories. Texas has now reported 1,843,153 cases and 28,219 deaths.

Of the new cases, 26,543 were confirmed and 3,637 were likely. The state has reported 1,626,568 confirmed cases and 216,585 probable cases.

There is a record of 13,308 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,988 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date the sample was taken, was 20.5% on Monday. According to state health officials, using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate rate of positivity.

For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 13.4%.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 1,947 coronavirus cases and eight new deaths on Tuesday.

The victims were three Fort Worth residents, one man in their thirties and two women in their eighties; two Arlington men in their forties and eighties; a Colleyville woman in her 80s; a Mansfield man in his 80s; and a man from North Richland Hills in his 80s.

All eight had high-risk health problems, officials said.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 161,878, including 141,326 confirmed cases, 20,552 probable cases, and 117,134 recoveries. The death toll is 1,550.

According to Tuesday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard, 1,426 people are being hospitalized with the virus, two fewer than Monday’s record high.

Collin county

The state added 1,287 coronavirus cases and two new COVID-19 deaths to Collin County’s total on Tuesday. The county has now reported 52,695 cases and a death toll of 382.

Details of the last victims were not available.

Of the new cases, 997 were confirmed and 290 were likely. Collin County has 47,080 confirmed cases and 5,615 probable cases. According to the state, the county has seen 41,773 restores.

The county’s coronavirus dashboard only offers full hospital admissions, now at 534.

Denton County

Denton County reported 562 coronavirus cases Tuesday, 457 of which are active.

No new deaths have been reported, leaving the county’s population at 218.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 40,763, including 12,763 that are active and 27,782 that are recoveries. They also increase the total number of molecular cases to 33,392 and the antigen cases to 7,371.

There are 213 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, reports the district.

Other counties

The Texas Department of Health has provided coverage for these other North Texas counties. In some countries, new data may not be reported every day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 6,982 cases (5,871 confirmed and 1,111 likely), 58 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 9,929 cases (8,707 confirmed and 1,222 likely), 128 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 14,136 cases (12,487 confirmed and 1,649 likely), 177 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 11,726 cases (10,418 confirmed and 1,308 likely), 165 deaths.

Staff member Dana Branham contributed to this report.

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