Dallas County reports 1,617 coronavirus cases, 12 deaths; Tarrant logs 36 fatalities, 1,888 cases

Updated at 8:54 pm: Revised to include details about the city’s partnership with the Methodist health system.

Dallas County reported 1,617 new coronavirus cases as well as 12 more deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday.

The most recent victims included four Dallas men – one in their thirties, one in their forties, one in their sixties, and the other in their seventies – and a Dallas woman in their fifties. The other deaths were two Grand Prairie men in their fifties, a Duncanville woman in their forties, an Irving woman in their fifties, a Mesquite man in their fifties, a Lancaster man in their sixties, and a DeSoto woman in the seventies.

Eight of the victims were found dead in their homes and all but two had underlying health problems.

Of the new cases, 1,317 were confirmed and 300 were likely.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 258,517, including 227,769 confirmed cases and 30,748 probable cases. The death toll stands at 2,191.

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. Due to a delay in weekend reporting, this data will be available next Tuesday.

According to the state, 140,442 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 32,923 are fully vaccinated.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced Sunday that, after weeks of negotiations, the city will partner with the Methodist Health System this week to distribute the Pfizer vaccine. The partnership will help distribute more doses and will be evaluated weekly, according to a press release.

The city will distribute 1,875 doses at the Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, and according to a written statement, 3,000 doses will be administered at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Oak Cliff on Thursday and Friday. The city or the Methodist will contact eligible persons directly to make appointments.

The partnership will help ease the long lines at the city’s vaccination center at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, for which Johnson apologized on Sunday afternoon. KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported that people had waited in line for hours to be turned away at the entrance.

“On Saturday, we had more than 2,700 cans in a single day and we continued to have a link sharing problem that resulted in people making unauthorized appointments,” the mayor said.

A city spokeswoman told KXAS that 30% of the rejected people had registered for appointments via a redirected link – or in a way other than the link received directly from the city – or did not meet the conditions of participation. Some people were turned away with valid dates after the city ran out of cans.

The mayor’s statement did not specify how the link sharing problem was resolved.

Texas

Across the state, 11,490 more cases were reported on Sunday, including 11,155 new cases and 335 older cases recently reported by laboratories.

The state also reported 171 COVID-19 deaths, increasing its toll to 36,491.

Of the new cases, 9,903 were confirmed and 1,252 were likely. Of the older cases, 305 were confirmed and 30 were likely.

The newly reported cases bring the state’s total to 2,360,632, including 2,059,143 confirmed cases and 301,489 probable cases.

There are 11,220 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Texas, including 3,010 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Saturday, 18.4% of patients in the hospital area in 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 14% on Saturday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate was 7% for the same period. 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.

According to the state, 1,883,862 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 475,461 are fully vaccinated.

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

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 1,888 coronavirus cases and 36 deaths on Sunday.

The youngest victims were between 50 and 90 years old.

Ten were from Arlington, six from Fort Worth, and four from Hurst. Three lived in North Richland Hills and two lived in Euless and Haslet respectively.

One each lived in Azle, Bedford, Blue Mound, Keller, Mansfield, Richland Hils, Southlake, and White Settlement, and one lived in Tarrant County without legal personality. All but one had underlying health problems, and two of the deaths were not reported in December, officials said.

Of the new cases, 998 were confirmed and 890 were likely.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 218,798, including 188,036 confirmed cases and 30,762 probable cases. The death toll stands at 2,212.

According to the district, 1,177 people with the virus were hospitalized on Friday.

According to the state, 106,587 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 20,299 are fully vaccinated.

A Walgreens pharmacist Thursday was preparing doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be given to residents of The Hillcrest in North Dallas, a senior living provider.

Collin county

The state added 335 coronavirus cases and four deaths to Collin County’s total on Sunday.

Details of the latest victims were not available.

Of the new cases, 326 were confirmed and nine were likely.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 72,705, including 62,180 confirmed cases and 10,525 probable cases. The death toll is 577.

According to the district, 496 people will be hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 52,144 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 13,954 are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County officials have announced they will stop reporting new coronavirus data on Sundays.

As of Saturday, the county had reported 53,554 cases, including 42,349 confirmed cases and 11,205 probable ones. The death toll was 318.

According to the state, 29,028 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 8,444 are fully vaccinated.

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: 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), 232 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 16,483 cases (14,503 confirmed and 1,980 likely), 268 deaths.

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