Dallas County reports 30 COVID-19 deaths, 1,143 new cases; Tarrant logs 960 cases, 13 deaths
Dallas County reported 1,143 more coronavirus cases and 30 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday.
Newly reported deaths included 17 Dallas residents. Nine of them were women – one in their 30s, one in their 50s, two in their 60s, one in their 70s, two in their 80s, and two in their 90s. The eight Dallas men who died included one in their fifties, two in their sixties, two in their seventies, two in their eighties, and one in their nineties.
The other 13 deaths were a Mesquite woman in her forties, a Coppell woman in her fifties, a Grand Prairie woman in her fifties, a DeSoto man in her fifties, a Lancaster man in her sixties, a Rowlett man in the seventies, an Irving man in the 70s, a Richardson woman in the 70s, a Mesquite man in the 70s, a Garland man in the 70s, an Irving woman in the 80s, a Garland woman in the 90s and a Grand Prairie woman in her 90s.
All but six victims had underlying health problems.
Of the new cases reported on Sunday, 788 are confirmed and 355 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 154,611 and the probable cases to 18,115. The county has recorded a total of 1,461 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 north Texas are providing estimates of how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials are not reporting any recoveries. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not use this metric.
The county reported that 6,050 cases of COVID-19 were reported in school-age children and staff from more than 780 schools in Dallas County in the past 30 days. Of these cases, 603 involved extracurricular activities, including athletics.
More than two-thirds of all confirmed cases that previously required hospitalization involved people under the age of 65, and diabetes was an underlying disease in about a third of all hospital 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 1,668. 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, 19.7% of people who showed up in hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus. This is a slight decrease from the previous reporting period when 21.6% of these patients tested positive.
There are 99 active outbreaks from long-term care facilities, the county said. Since March, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in 2,696 residents and 1,550 employees in long-term care facilities.
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 89 cases since October, the district said.
Of the county’s total confirmed COVID-19 deaths, around 22% are attributable to long-term care facilities.
Across the state, 7,616 additional cases and 122 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Sunday. Texas has now reported a total of 1,581,668 cases and 25,348 deaths.
Of the new cases, 6,244 were confirmed and 1,372 were likely. The state has reported 1,404,675 confirmed cases and 176,993 probable cases.
The state also added 150 older confirmed cases and 14 older probable cases recently reported by laboratories.
There are 9,856 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,020 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Sunday, 18.81% 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 of specimen collection, was 14.03% 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 10.08%.
Tarrant County reported 960 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths on Sunday.
Recent deaths include a Euless woman in her eighties, a Fort Worth man in her eighties, a Grapevine man in her eighties, a Hurst woman in her seventies, a North Richland Hills woman in her seventies, and a man in Tarrant County with no legal personality in the 1970s, an Arlington man in his 70s, a Fort Worth woman in his 70s, a basement man in his 60s, a Grapevine man in his 60s, a Fort Worth man in his 60s , a grapevine man in his 60s and an Arlington man in his 60s his 50s.
All but two had underlying health problems.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 131,097, including 114,617 confirmed cases, 16,480 probable cases and 96,248 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,097.
1,079 people are being hospitalized with the virus, according to Sunday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard.
The state added 425 coronavirus cases to the entire Sunday in Collin County, bringing the number to 40,153. Three new COVID-19 deaths have been reported, bringing the county’s death toll to 326.
Details of the latest victims were not available.
Of the new cases, 417 were confirmed and eight were likely. Collin County has 36,290 confirmed cases and 3,863 probable cases.
According to state data, the county has recorded 3,866 active cases of the virus and 32,424 recoveries.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard offers full hospital admissions only, now at 406.
Denton County officials have announced they will stop reporting new coronavirus data on Sundays.
As of Saturday, the county had reported 34,301 cases, including 10,994 active and 23,124 recovered cases. The death toll was 183.
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: 5,266 cases (4,359 confirmed and 907 probable), 47 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 7,852 cases (6,839 confirmed and 1,013 likely), 107 deaths.
- Ellis County: 11,023 cases (9,770 confirmed and 1,253 likely), 143 deaths.
- Johnson County: 9,181 cases (8,161 confirmed and 1,020 likely), 138 deaths.
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