Dallas County reports 1,105 new coronavirus cases, 8 more deaths; Tarrant County adds 13 deaths
Updated at 6:10 p.m .: Revised to include nationwide data.
Dallas County reported 1,105 additional coronavirus cases on Tuesday, all of which were considered new. Eight new COVID-19 deaths have also been reported.
The latest victims included three Dallas residents: a woman in her fifties, a woman in her sixties, and a man in her nineties. The other victims were two Grand Prairie residents, a man in their sixties and a woman in their seventies; a DeSoto man in his forties; a garland woman in her 70s; and an Irving man in his 20s.
All eight had high-risk health problems, officials said.
District Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that residents should use the pleasant weather forecast for the coming days to get outside while maintaining social distance from other people.
“Remember, if you are away from home and in a building, including your own office building, doctors strongly recommend that you be masked for the duration of your stay in the building,” he said.
Of the new cases reported Tuesday, 860 are confirmed and 245 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 137,143 and the probable cases to 13,797. The county has recorded 1,245 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 39 probable deaths.
The county announced 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 Monday, 766 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals in the district. During the same period, 428 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.
Nationwide, 15,103 new cases and 181 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Tuesday. Texas has now reported 1,272,504 confirmed cases and 22,808 deaths.
The new cases were the second most common that Texas reported in a single day, after the 15,182 reported last Tuesday.
There are 9,028 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,563 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The rate of hospital admissions involving COVID-19 patients in North Texas rose to 16.6% on Tuesday. The region will be subjected to stricter virus security measures until the rate is below 15% for seven consecutive days.
The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate based on the date the sample was taken was 12.5% on Monday. According to state health officials, using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate rate of positivity.
The state also provides a positivity rate based on when laboratory results were reported to the state; This rate was 13.4% on Monday.
Officials previously calculated the Texas coronavirus positivity rate by dividing the last seven days of new positive test results by the last seven days of total new test results. With this measure, the positivity rate is now 14.3% according to the State Dashboard.
A Texas Department of Health spokesman said positivity rate data based on laboratory results and new cases are likely to be phased out but will continue to be provided for transparency and continuity.
Tarrant County reported 860 coronavirus cases and 13 new deaths on Tuesday.
Eight Fort Worth residents were among the youngest victims: two men and one woman in their sixties, two women in their seventies, one man and one woman in their eighties, and one woman in their nineties. The other victims were an Arlington woman in her seventies, an Euless man in her seventies, a Forest Hill man in her seventies, a Grapevine woman in her thirties, and a White Settlement woman in her sixties. All 13 had underlying health conditions, officials said.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 112,725, including 99,647 confirmed cases, 13,078 probable cases and 79,977 recoveries. The death toll stands at 898.
890 people will be hospitalized with the virus, according to Tuesday’s numbers on the county dashboard. County public health director Vinny Tanjea said only 18 of the 550 or so beds in Tarrant County intensive care unit were available, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The state added 243 coronavirus cases to all of Tuesday in Collin County, bringing the number to 29,797. Five new COVID-19 deaths have also been reported, bringing the death toll in the county to 284.
Details of the latest victims were not available.
The county has 3,463 active cases of the virus, according to state data.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard only offers full hospital admissions, now at 347.
Denton County reported 560 coronavirus cases – of which 394 are active – and three new deaths Tuesday.
The most recent victims were a man over 80 who lived at the Longmeadow Healthcare Center in Justin, a Lewisville man in his fifties, and a woman in her seventies who lived at the Cedar Ridge Rehabilitation and Health Center in Pilot Point.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 27,181, including 7,328 active and 19,692 recovered cases. The death toll stands at 161.
The newly reported cases increased the county’s total molecular cases to 22,856, while the antigen cases stand at 4,325.
According to the district, 142 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. Only six of the county’s 79 intensive care beds are available.
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: 3,691 cases, 40 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 5,876 cases, 87 deaths.
- Ellis County: 8,270 cases, 127 deaths.
- Johnson County: 6,729 cases, 120 deaths.
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