Dallas County reports 3-day total of 6,144 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths

Dallas County reported 6,144 additional coronavirus cases and 11 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday. The totals include data from Thursday through Saturday, the county said.

The last victims to die were a Grand Prairie man in his forties, a Dallas man in his forties, two Dallas men in their fifties, one Lancaster woman in her sixties, one Dallas woman in her sixties, one Irving woman in her eighties, three Dallas women in their 80s, and one Dallas man in his 80s.

All victims had underlying health problems, and four were residents of long-term care facilities.

Of the new cases reported on Sunday, 5,480 are confirmed and 664 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 166,758 and the probable cases to 20,122. The county has recorded 1,565 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.

Although other counties in northern Texas provide 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.

In the past 30 days, 4,955 school-age children from 764 schools in Dallas County tested positive for COVID-19. 21 school nurses have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March.

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’s preliminary 7-day average for daily new confirmed and probable cases for the December 6-12 reporting period was 1,722. 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. County health officials have said they don’t count exactly how many tests are done per day. In the county’s most recent reporting period, 23.3% 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 19.7% of these patients tested positive.

There are 100 active outbreaks from long-term care facilities, the county said. In the past 30 days, 39 COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported in community living facilities, including homeless shelters, group houses and intermediate houses. A facility has reported 93 cases since October, the district said.

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

Nationwide data

Across the state, 7,557 more cases and 51 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Sunday. Texas has now reported a total of 1,668,597 cases and 26,472 deaths.

Of the new cases, 6,105 were confirmed and 1,452 were likely. The state has reported 1,476,674 confirmed cases and 191,923 probable cases.

The state also added 415 older confirmed cases and 74 older probable cases recently reported by laboratories.

There are 10,886 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,368 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Sunday, 22.44% of the patients in the hospital region that covered the D-FW area were COVID-19 patients.

The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date the sample was collected, was 15.43% on Saturday. 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 10.22%.

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

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 2,217 coronavirus cases and 18 new deaths on Sunday.

The youngest victims include six Arlington residents: two women in their eighties, one man in their seventies, one man in their sixties, one man in their fifties, and one man in their forties. Eleven Fort Worth residents were also among the most recent deaths: a man and two women in their nineties, two men in their eighties, two women in their seventies, one woman and two men in their sixties, and one woman in their forties. The final victim was a Tarrant County woman in her forties without legal personality.

All but two of the victims had underlying health problems, the county said.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 138,010, including 120,506 confirmed cases, 17,504 probable cases and 101,111 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,407.

1,168 people have been hospitalized with the virus, according to Wednesday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard. The dashboard contains a notice that the next full update of the COVID-19 statistics will take place on Monday.

Collin county

The state added 508 coronavirus cases in Collin County to the entire Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 45,600. A new death from COVID-19 has been reported, bringing the death toll to 351.

Details on the last victim were not available.

Of the new cases, 476 were confirmed and 32 were likely. Collin County has 41,137 confirmed cases and 4,463 probable cases.

The county has recorded 4,234 active cases of the virus and 36,698 recoveries, according to state data.

The county’s coronavirus dashboard only offers full hospital admissions, now at 464.

Denton County

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

As of Saturday, the county had reported 36,813 cases, including 12,064 active and 24,562 recovered cases. The death toll was 187.

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: 5,777 cases (4,797 confirmed and 980 probable), 49 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 8,686 cases (7,576 confirmed and 1,110 likely), 112 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 12,230 cases (10,781 confirmed and 1,449 likely), 159 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 10,208 cases (9,024 confirmed and 1,184 likely), 149 deaths.

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