Dallas County adds 10 COVID-19 deaths, sees total confirmed and probable cases climb past 180,000

Updated at 4:10 pm: Revised to include COVID-19 cases in Denton County.

Dallas County reported 1,318 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, all new. Ten COVID-19 deaths have also been reported.

Meanwhile, the state has added more than 1,000 cases to Collin County, bringing the total number of cases to over 45,000. With five new deaths, the death toll there reached 350 on Saturday.

The numbers for Saturday include data that was processed on Wednesday evening and the report for Sunday includes COVID-19 data from Thursday through Saturday.

“It’s good news that we’re reporting fewer deaths than any other day this week,” Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge, said in a written statement.

The most recent victim announced on Saturday was an Irving woman in her twenties who died in a local emergency room. Three others were Dallas men – two in their fifties and one in their seventies. The remainder consisted of a Garland man and a Seagoville woman in their fifties, two Irving women and a Rowlett man in their seventies and a Lancaster man in their eighties.

All 10 had underlying health conditions.

Of the new cases reported on Saturday, 1,089 are confirmed and 229 are likely. The total number of confirmed cases for the county is now 161,278 and the probable cases are 19,528. The county has recorded 1,554 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

The county has stated that only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) are counted as likely cases. Some antibody and household results were previously considered.

While other counties in north Texas are providing estimates of how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries because the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not use this metric.

Health officials are using hospital stays, intensive care units and emergency rooms as key metrics to track the effects of COVID-19 in the county in real time. In the 24-hour period that ended on Wednesday, 989 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals in the district. During the same period, 602 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.

Nationwide data

Across the state, an additional 2,555 cases and 13 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Saturday. Texas has now reported 1,660,551 cases and 26,421 deaths.

Of the new cases, 2,127 were confirmed and 428 were likely. The state has reported 1,470,154 confirmed cases and 190,397 probable cases. The state also added 129 older confirmed cases and 10 older probable cases recently reported by laboratories.

There are 10,773 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,309 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

As of Friday, 21.73% of patients in the hospital area that covered the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients, according to the state dashboard.

As of Saturday, only 72 intensive care beds were available in the North Texas area, said Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. The breakdown: 21 ICU beds in Dallas County, 23 in Tarrant County, eight in Collin County, four in Denton County and 16 in other counties.

The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date the sample was collected, was 15.31% on Friday. 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 10.71%.

Doctors look at a lung CT image at a hospital in Xiaogan, China.

Tarrant County

Due to the holidays, Tarrant County did not report any new numbers on Friday or Saturday and will resume posting the data on Sunday.

The last update from Tarrant County was Wednesday when 1,702 coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths were reported.

The county has recorded 135,793 cases, including 118,641 confirmed cases, 17,152 probable cases and 99,752 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,389.

As of Wednesday, 1,168 people had been hospitalized with the virus.

Collin county

The state added 1,022 coronavirus cases in Collin County to all Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 45,092. Five new COVID-19 deaths were also reported, bringing the death toll to 350.

Details of the latest victims were not available.

Of the new cases, 785 were confirmed and 237 were likely. Collin County has 40,661 confirmed cases and 4,431 probable cases.

According to state data, the county has 3,963 active cases of the virus and has recorded 36,698 recoveries.

The county’s coronavirus dashboard only offers full hospital admissions, now at 475.

Denton County

Denton County reported 516 coronavirus cases on Saturday, of which 455 are active.

No new deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 156.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total number to 36,813, including 12,064 active and 24,562 recovered cases. They also bring the county’s total molecular cases to 30,268, while the antigen cases stand at 6,545.

According to the district, 184 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.

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: 5,658 cases (4,696 confirmed and 962 likely), 49 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 8,519 cases (7,427 confirmed and 1,092 likely), 111 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 11,961 cases (10,537 confirmed and 1,424 likely), 159 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 10,073 cases (8,908 confirmed and 1,165 likely), 149 deaths.

Staff member Catherine Marfin contributed to this report.

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