Dallas County reports 614 coronavirus cases, 24 deaths; Jenkins says numbers are moving in ‘right direction’
Dallas County reported 614 new coronavirus cases as well as 24 more deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday.
The youngest victims include 13 men and 11 women between 50 and 90 years of age.
Thirteen victims came from Dallas, two from Irving, two from Lancaster, two from Richardson, and one each from Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, and Mesquite.
Five victims were residents of long-term care facilities and all but two had health problems.
District Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that cases will return to more accurate numbers in the next few days after being artificially low due to last week’s bad weather. While the numbers will look higher, Jenkins said the county is headed in the right direction.
“Our death rate should be gradually falling,” said Jenkins. “The number of deaths results from the number of COVID-positive cases in the previous month. As the number of COVID positive cases tends to decrease, the number of deaths will also decrease. “
Of the new cases, 488 were confirmed and 126 were likely. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 279,108, including 244,335 confirmed and 34,773 more probable. The death toll is 2,923.
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, 529 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals across the county. During the same period, 428 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 268,255 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 135,128 are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 7,497 more cases were reported Thursday, including 7,011 new and 486 older cases recently reported by laboratories.
The state also reported 305 COVID-19 deaths, increasing its toll to 42,285.
Of the new cases, 4,912 were confirmed and 2,099 were likely. Of the older cases, 304 were confirmed and 182 were likely.
The total number of cases in the state is now 2,621,181, including 2,269,871 confirmed and 351,310 probable.
There are 6,724 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 1,748 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Wednesday, 10.6% of patients in the hospital area in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients – below 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 12.7% on Wednesday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 6.1%. 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, 3,265,754 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 1,599,222 are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 758 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths Thursday.
Most of the victims were in their 60s or older, but one was a Fort Worth man in his 20s. All but two had high-risk health problems, officials said.
Four of the victims lived in Fort Worth and three were residents of Arlington. One each lived in Grapevine, Hurst, Kennedale, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, and River Oaks.
Of the new cases, 487 were confirmed and 271 were likely. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 240,416, including 204,750 confirmed and 35,666 probable. The death toll is 2,818.
According to the district, 541 people with the virus were hospitalized as of Wednesday.
According to the state, 204,000 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 127,206 are fully vaccinated.
The state added 250 coronavirus cases and nine deaths on Thursday.
Details of the latest victims were not available.
Of the new cases, 142 were confirmed and 108 were likely. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 82,390, including 69,453 confirmed and 12,937 more likely. The death toll is 712.
According to the district, 272 people will be hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 126,345 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 54,986 are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 556 coronavirus cases and no new deaths Thursday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total cases to 63,122, including 48,310 confirmed and 14,812 probable cases. The death toll is 398.
According to the district, 104 people will be hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 88,236 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine while 34,513 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: 10,470 cases (8,647 confirmed and 1,823 likely), 122 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 14,662 cases (12,548 confirmed and 2,114 likely), 213 deaths.
- Ellis County: 20,589 cases (17,859 confirmed and 2,730 likely), 272 deaths.
- Johnson County: 18,409 cases (15,957 confirmed and 2,452 likely), 313 deaths.