Dallas County reports 2,427 coronavirus cases, 17 deaths; Tarrant County adds 3,410 cases


Updated at 5:20 pm: Revised to include nationwide numbers.

Dallas County reported 2,427 more coronavirus cases on Wednesday, all of which have been classified as new, as well as a record of hospitalizations for the third day in a row. 17 new COVID-19 deaths have also been reported.

Recent victims included 14 Dallas residents, including six men, all of whom had been hospitalized with health problems: one in their fifties, two in their sixties, two in their seventies, and one in their eighties.

The victims reported Wednesday also included eight Dallas women, including five who lived in long-term care facilities. Two of the women who lived in long-term care facilities were in their 80s and three in their 90s, and three of the five had underlying health problems.

The remaining victims in Dallas were two women in their sixties and one in their seventies. All three had been hospitalized and had underlying health problems.

Also reported on Wednesday were the deaths of a Cedar Hill woman in her sixties who lived in a long-term care facility, a Garland woman in her seventies who died in an emergency room, and a Grand Prairie man in his eighties. They each had underlying health problems.

Dallas County officials warned that models predicting the spread of the virus could overwhelm hospital capacity and staff. The state also saw a record number of hospitalizations on Wednesday after breaking its record the day before.

“Given the high prevalence in the community, January and February will be our worst months for both hospitalizations and new COVID cases,” Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge, said in a written statement. “It is more important than ever that we follow doctors’ advice to wear our masks, wash our hands frequently, and avoid crowds and gatherings.”

Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, 1,817 are confirmed and 610 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 183,974 and the probable cases to 22,828. The death toll in the county stands at 1,715.

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 Tuesday, 1,145 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals across the county. During the same period, 651 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.

The county reported that 5,309 school-age children and employees in 677 different K-12 schools tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days.

More than two-thirds of all confirmed cases that previously required hospitalization involved people under the age of 65, and diabetes was an underlying condition in about a third of all hospitalized patients, according to the district.

The county provisional 7-day average for daily new confirmed and probable cases for the December 20-26 reporting period was 1,637. According to the district, the number is calculated based on the date of the COVID-19 test collection.

Dallas County does not offer a positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests performed in the area. The county’s health officials have said they don’t know exactly how many tests are being done each day. In the county’s most recent reporting period, 27.2% of people who showed up in hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus. This is an increase from the previous reporting period when 26.5% of these patients tested positive.

Of the county’s total confirmed COVID-19 deaths, around 22% are attributable to long-term care facilities.

Nationwide data

Across the state, 23,630 additional cases and 326 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Wednesday. Texas has now reported a total of 1,867,163 cases and 28,545 deaths.

Of the new cases, 19,535 were confirmed and 4,095 were likely. The state has reported 1,646,382 confirmed cases and 220,781 probable cases.

The state also added 279 older confirmed cases and 101 older probable cases recently reported by laboratories.

There are 13,628 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals – a record high – including 4,045 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests based on the date the sample was taken was 20.2% on Wednesday. According to state health officials, using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate rate of positivity.

For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 15.1%.

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

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 3,410 coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths on Wednesday.

The recent victims included three Arlington residents: two men, one in their sixties and one in their nineties, and one woman in their eighties. Three Fort Worth women also died, including two women in their eighties and one in their nineties.

The remaining victims were a Mansfield man in her eighties, a Bedford man in her eighties, a woman from North Richland Hills in her eighties, a woman in her eighties living in Tarrant County without legal personality, a Hurst woman in in his nineties and a euless man in his 90s.

District officials said a COVID-19 death previously recorded in Colleyville has since been identified as a resident of Arlington. A death recorded in Hurst was later discovered as a resident outside the county.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 165,288, including 144,103 confirmed cases, 21,185 probable cases, and 118,933 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,561.

1,489 people are being hospitalized with the virus, according to Wednesday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard.

Collin county

The state added 1,036 coronavirus cases and six new COVID-19 deaths to Collin County’s total on Wednesday. The county has now reported 53,731 cases and a death toll of 388.

Details of the latest victims were not available.

Of the new cases, 771 were confirmed and 265 were likely. Collin County has 47,851 confirmed cases and 5,880 probable cases. According to state data, the county has 5,387 active cases and has recorded 42,464 recoveries.

The county’s coronavirus dashboard offers full hospital admissions only, now at 546.

Denton County

Denton County reported 647 coronavirus cases – of which 621 are active – and six new deaths on Wednesday.

The most recent deaths include three Lewisville residents: a man in their sixties, a man in their seventies, and a woman over 80. The other victims were a woman in her seventies who resided in Denton County and a woman from Dallas and Flower Mound wife, both over 80.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 41,409, including 13,046 that are active and 28,139 that are recoveries. They also increase the total number of molecular cases to 33,870 and the antigen cases to 7,539.

The death toll in the county stands at 224.

There are 216 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, reports the district.

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: 7,159 cases (6,026 confirmed and 1,133 likely), 58 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 10,121 cases (8,868 confirmed and 1,253 likely), 131 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 14,355 cases (12,669 confirmed and 1,686 likely), 179 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 12,165 cases (10,828 confirmed and 1,337 likely), 170 deaths.

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