Dallas County reports 1,774 coronavirus cases, 17 deaths; Tarrant County adds 3,116 cases, 26 deaths

Updated at 3:05 pm: Revised to include data from Dallas County.

Dallas County reported 1,774 new coronavirus cases and 17 more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday.

The recent victims included 10 Dallas residents: two men and one woman in their fifties, four men in their sixties, one man and one woman in their seventies, and one man in their eighties.

The others were two Irving residents, a woman in their sixties and a man in their seventies, a Carrollton woman in their seventies, a Cedar Hill man in their forties, a Garland man in their sixties, a Grand Prairie woman in their sixties and a Rowlett

In a written statement, District Judge Clay Jenkins wished residents a Happy New Year and urged them to stay home and celebrate only with their household members. Small sacrifices, he said, will help make the community safer as hospital capacity remains near record levels.

“I am proud of the courage you have shown throughout 2020 and it has been an honor to serve you in this terrible year,” he said. “May 2021 will be a better year for all of us.”

Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 1,418 are confirmed and 356 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 172,165 and the probable cases to 21,153. The county has recorded 1,628 COVID-19 deaths.

Nine of the youngest victims were found dead in their homes and another at work. Jenkins said they were reported Thursday because the medical examiner’s office in Dallas County recently completed their autopsies.

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 Wednesday, 1,007 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals across the county. During the same period, 638 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.

Because of the New Year holidays, Dallas County will be the next to report coronavirus data on Saturday.

Amid confusion over the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in Texas, Jenkins said the county is working with state health officials and the DFW Hospital Council to make it easier for residents to know when to get and where to get vaccinated.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 3,116 coronavirus cases and 26 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, both record numbers for a day with no major backlog of cases reported.

Recent victims included 13 Fort Worth residents: one man in their thirties, two men in their forties, one man in their fifties, one woman in their sixties, two men and one woman in their seventies, four men in their eighties and a woman in her 90s.

The other victims were three Arlington residents – two men in their fifties and eighties and one woman in their sixties – two Mansfield women in their sixties and eighties; two Saginaw women in their 60s and 70s; A Bedford woman in her eighties, a Forest Hill man in her forties, a Grapevine man in her sixties, a Hurst woman in her sixties, a Lake Worth man in her seventies, and a North Richland Hills man in the Sixties.

Health officials said all but four victims had underlying high-risk health conditions but did not indicate which four.

The county previously reported 3,356 cases on Nov. 30 and 5,991 cases on Monday. In both cases, however, cases worth several days were reported simultaneously. The previous high for new deaths reported in a single day was December 25th.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 150,004, including 131,146 confirmed cases, 18,858 probable cases, and 108,969 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,494.

1,399 people are being hospitalized with the virus, according to Thursday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard.

The county said 4,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine, received last week, were given to people who either work on the front lines in the healthcare sector or are at higher risk of suffering from complications from COVID-19. The district health department has an online form to register for a vaccination.

Tarrant County will be reporting coronavirus numbers next Saturday due to the holiday.

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