Dallas County matches record high of 40 coronavirus deaths, adds 1,427 new cases
Dallas County reported 1,427 new coronavirus cases as well as 40 more deaths from COVID-19 on Monday.
The death toll corresponded to the district’s daily high set on Wednesday. Last week was the deadliest yet in the county during the pandemic.
Most of the youngest victims were in their fifties to nineties, but two people in their thirties and one in their forties also died. Sixteen of the victims were Dallas residents and eight lived in Mesquite. Four were Garland residents, three lived in Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and Richardson, two lived in Irving, and one was in Carrollton.
Four victims – a Garland man in their fifties, a Mesquite woman in their 70s, a Dallas woman in their 80s, and a Mesquite woman in their 90s – were not known to have had high-risk health problems. One, a Dallas woman in her forties, was found dead at home.
District Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that while the number of new cases is decreasing, deaths will remain high for at least the next two weeks as they are due to the higher number of cases in December and January.
Of the new cases, 1,321 were confirmed and 106 were likely.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 259,944, including 229,090 confirmed cases and 30,854 probable cases. The death toll stands at 2,231.
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. Due to a delay in weekend reporting, these numbers will be available next Tuesday.
Across the state, 31,811 more cases were reported as of Monday, including 14,133 new cases and 17,678 older cases recently reported by laboratories. State officials said the greater number of old cases were due to data entry and data cleansing.
The state also reported 48 COVID-19 deaths, increasing its toll to 36,539.
Of the new cases, 11,885 were confirmed and 2,248 were likely. Of the older cases, 16,142 were confirmed and 1,536 were likely.
The newly reported cases bring the total to the state to 2,392,443, including 2,087,170 confirmed cases and 305,273 probable cases.
There are 11,074 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Texas, including 3,020 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Sunday, 18.8% of patients in the hospital area that covered the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients – above the 15% threshold the state used to define high hospital stays.
The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date the sample was taken, was 13.4% on Sunday. For antigen testing, the positivity rate for the same period was 6.7%. A molecular test is considered more accurate and is sometimes called a PCR test. An antigen test is also known as a rapid test. Governor Greg Abbott said a positivity rate of over 10% was a cause for concern.
The state added 875 coronavirus cases and three deaths to Collin County’s total on Monday.
Details of the latest victims were not available.
Of the new cases, 806 were confirmed and 69 were likely.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 73,580, including 62,986 confirmed cases and 10,594 probable cases. The death toll stands at 580.
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: 9,337 cases (7,762 confirmed and 1,575 likely), 100 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 13,005 cases (11,281 confirmed and 1,724 likely), 182 deaths.
- Ellis County: 18,561 cases (16,240 confirmed and 2,321 likely), 233 deaths.
- Johnson County: 16,483 cases (14,503 confirmed and 1,980 likely), 268 deaths.