Dallas County reports 2,817 coronavirus cases, 24 deaths; Tarrant County adds 2,350 cases, 38 deaths
The dismal numbers of the pandemic continued to increase in northern Texas and the state on Friday.
Dallas County announced 2,817 new coronavirus cases and 24 more COVID-19 deaths. In Tarrant County, where 38 deaths and 2,350 cases were reported, the daily death toll was significantly higher.
For the third straight day, Texas reported at least 400 deaths from the virus. A total of 5,001 deaths were recorded in the North Texas area of Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant counties.
Eleven of Dallas County’s recent victims were Dallas residents: two men in their forties, two women in their fifties, two women in their sixties, two men and one woman in their seventies, and one man and one woman in their eighties. One of the men in their 70s and the woman in their 80s lived in long-term care facilities.
Eight more lived in Mesquite: a man in his forties, a man in his fifties, a woman in his sixties, two men and one woman in their seventies, one woman in their eighties, and one man in their forties. The man in their fifties, the woman in their sixties, one of the men in their seventies, the woman in their eighties, and the man in their twenties were residents of long-term care facilities.
The other victims were two Garland men in their 70s; two residents of Irving, a woman in her fifties who lived in a long-term care facility and a man in her seventies; and a Balch Springs man in his 50s.
All but the Balch Springs man and one of the Dallas men in his seventies had health problems that put them at high risk of complications from the virus, officials said.
District Judge Clay Jenkins said thousands of people were vaccinated every day this week. He noted that vaccinations at Megasite Fair Park will not be given until Saturday by appointment; Eligible residents can register online at dallascounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.php or by calling the county hotline at 469-749-9900.
Of the new cases reported on Friday, 2,153 are confirmed and 664 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 203,897 and the probable cases to 26,542. The county has recorded a total of 1,853 COVID-19 deaths.
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 Thursday, 1,140 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals in the district. During the same period, 518 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.
Across the state, 27,204 more cases and 400 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Friday, including 26,334 new cases and 870 older cases recently reported by laboratories. Texas has now reported a total of 2,072,903 cases and 31,450 deaths.
Of the new cases, 21,343 were confirmed and 4,991 were likely. The state has reported 1,816,535 confirmed cases and 256,368 probable cases.
There are 13,953 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,988 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Thursday, 23.6% of patients in the hospital area that covered the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients, according to the State Dashboard.
The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date the sample was collected, was 17.4% on Thursday. According to state health officials, using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate rate of positivity.
For antigen testing, the positivity rate for the same period was 11.9%.
Tarrant County reported 2,350 coronavirus cases and 38 deaths on Friday.
District officials said the higher number of deaths on Friday – 38 – was due to the Texas Department of Health releasing data on death certificates. The number of deaths reported on Fridays will be higher because of this, the county said.
Seven of the deaths were from that month, 31 from December.
Nineteen of the victims were Fort Worth residents: one man in his forties, three men in his fifties, three men and two women in their sixties, three men and three women in their seventies, two men in their eighties; and a man and a woman older than 90.
Nine others lived in Arlington: a man in his forties, a man in his fifties, a man in his sixties, two men in their seventies, one woman in their eighties, and two men and one woman over 90.
The other victims were three Bedford residents – a man and a woman in their eighties and a woman over 90; two Mansfield residents – a man in their 60s and a woman over 90; two women from North Richland Hills in their 80s; an Azle man in his fifties; a man by the lake in his 70s; and a Watauga man in his 70s.
All but four victims had high-risk conditions, health officials said.
The 2,350 new cases reported in Tarrant County total 187,863, including 162,386 confirmed cases, 25,477 probable cases and 132,350 recoveries. The death toll is 1,825.
1,488 people are being hospitalized with the virus, according to Friday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard.
The state added 524 coronavirus cases and 10 new COVID-19 deaths to Collin County’s total numbers on Friday. The county has now reported 61,803 cases and a death toll of 461.
Details of the latest victims were not available.
Of the new cases, 288 were confirmed and 236 were likely. Collin County has 53,570 confirmed cases and 8,233 probable cases. According to state data, the county has seen 47,659 restores.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard offers full hospital admissions only, now at 546.
Denton County reported 471 coronavirus cases – 437 of which are active – and 12 new deaths on Friday.
Four of the youngest victims were Carrollton residents: a man in his seventies and a man and two women over the age of 80. One of the women lived in Atria Senior Living.
The other victims were a man from The Colony who was older than 80 years, a woman from Corinth who was older than 80 years, a woman from Denton in her sixties, a man from Flower Mound who was older than 80 and lived at Avanti Senior Living, a woman from Frisco who was over 80 lived in Mustang Creek Estates, a Krum man over 80, a Little Elm man in her 70s, and a woman in her 60s who lived in Denton County without own legal personality lived.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 45,816, including 13,794 active and 31,773 recovered cases. They also increase the total number of molecular cases to 37,193 and the antigen cases to 8,623.
The death toll in the county stands at 249.
There are 208 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the district reports.
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: 8,129 cases (6,798 confirmed and 1,331 likely), 69 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 11,393 cases (9,926 confirmed and 1,467 likely), 149 deaths.
- Ellis County: 16,269 cases (14,352 confirmed and 1,917 likely), 192 deaths.
- Johnson County: 14,259 cases (12,727 confirmed and 1,532 likely), 203 deaths.