Dallas County reports 1,978 coronavirus cases, 27 deaths; Tarrant County tops 200,000 cases
Updated at 6:57 p.m .: Revised to include additional information from Tarrant County.
Dallas County reported 1,978 new coronavirus cases as well as 27 more deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday.
In Tarrant County, the new cases on Thursday pushed the county past 200,000 cases of the virus. This makes it the third county in Texas after Harris and Dallas counties to achieve this milestone.
Fourteen of Dallas County’s youngest victims lived in Dallas: a woman in her thirties, three men in her fifties, three men in her sixties, one man and four women in their seventies, one man in their eighties, and one woman in their nineties. One of the men in their fifties, the man in their seventies, and the woman in their nineties were residents of long-term care facilities.
The other victims were three residents of the Grand Prairie, a man and a woman in their seventies and a woman in their nineties; two Garland residents, a man in their eighties and a woman in their eighties, who lived in a long-term care facility; two Mesquite residents, a man in their sixties and a woman in their 90s, who lived in a long-term care facility; a Cedar Hill woman in her 60s; a Cockrell Hill man in his 50s; an Irving woman in her eighties who lived in a long-term care facility; a Lancaster man in his 70s; a Richardson woman in her eighties who lived in a long-term care facility; and a Rowlett man in his 60s.
The Richardson woman did not have any underlying health conditions that would put her at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, officials said.
District Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that more than 300,000 people have registered with the district to receive the vaccine and that supplies remain limited – but he is hoping for President Joe Biden’s action, along with more federal funding and the Approving another vaccine candidate, will help change that.
“All of these things should increase our vaccine allotment dramatically over time, but right now the important thing is to sign up wherever you can and be patient,” Jenkins said.
Of the new cases, 1,412 were confirmed and 566 were likely.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 241,661, including 213,600 confirmed cases and 28,061 probable cases. The death toll stands at 1,944.
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, 1,148 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 558 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 95,316 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 16,045 are fully vaccinated. District officials said 16,979 doses have so far been administered at the Fair Park mega-location.
Across the state, 22,360 more cases were reported Thursday, including 21,422 new cases and 938 older cases recently reported by laboratories.
The state also reported 441 COVID-19 deaths, the second most common in a single day, increasing its number to 33,285.
Of the new cases, 18,370 were confirmed and 3,052 were likely. Of the older cases, 594 were confirmed and 344 were likely.
The newly reported cases bring the total to the state to 2,188,643, including 1,917,513 confirmed cases and 271,130 probable cases.
There are 13,564 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Texas, including 3,756 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Wednesday, 22.3% 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 16.5% on Wednesday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 11.0%. 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, 1,297,260 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 203,028 are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 1,789 coronavirus cases and 26 deaths on Thursday, surpassing a total of 200,000 COVID-19 cases.
Nine of the victims were from Fort Worth: one man in their fifties, four men and one woman in their sixties, and two women in their seventies. Seven more came from Arlington: a man in their sixties, a man and a woman in their seventies, a man and a woman in their eighties, and a man and a woman over ninety years old.
The other victims were four Bedford residents, two men in their forties and seventies and two women in their eighties and over 90. a Colleyville man in his 60s; a Hurst man older than 90; a cellar man older than 90; a Mansfield woman in her 80s; a woman from Richland Hills in her eighties; and a man in his eighties who lived in Tarrant County without legal personality.
All but two had high-risk health problems, officials said.
Of the new cases, 1,527 were confirmed and 262 were likely.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 201,310, including 174,298 confirmed cases and 27,012 probable cases. The death toll stands at 1,953.
According to the district, 1,376 people with the virus will be hospitalized as of Wednesday.
According to the state, 68,656 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 6,553 are fully vaccinated.
The state added 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths to Collin County’s total on Thursday.
Details of the latest victims were not available.
Of the new cases, 479 were confirmed and 141 were likely.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 66,040, including 56,978 confirmed cases and 9,062 probable cases. The death toll is 506.
According to the district, 507 people will be hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 33,832 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 5,242 are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 750 coronavirus cases and three deaths Thursday.
The youngest victims were a Carrollton woman in her seventies who lived in Autumn Leaves of Carrollton, a Corinthian man in her sixties, and a Flower Mound woman over 80 years old.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 48,945, including 39,347 confirmed cases and 9,598 probable cases. The death toll stands at 268.
According to the district, 184 people will be hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 20,598 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 2,761 are fully vaccinated.
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: 8,582 cases (7,165 confirmed and 1,417 likely), 82 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 12,094 cases (10,516 confirmed and 1,578 likely), 160 deaths.
- Ellis County: 17,297 cases (15,246 confirmed and 2,051 likely), 209 deaths.
- Johnson County: 15,235 cases (13,547 confirmed and 1,688 likely), 220 deaths.