Dallas County reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations for third time this week, adds 1,723 cases, 8 deaths
Updated at 5:53 pm: Revised to include information about the Tarrant County victims.
Dallas County reported 1,723 more coronavirus cases and eight new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday.
The most recent deaths have been a Dallas man in his fifties who died at home, a Garland man in his fifties who died at home, a Dallas man in his seventies hospitalized, a man from the Grand Prairie in his seventies who was critically ill a hospital, an Irving man in his 70s who died in hospice care, a Dallas woman in her 80s who died in hospice care, and a Cedar Hill man in his 90s, who had been hospitalized. All had underlying health problems.
The eighth victim was a man in his eighties who lived in a long-term care facility in Dallas and died in hospice care. Health officials didn’t say if he had any underlying health conditions.
“This is not the position we wanted to take over the winter vacation,” Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge, said in a written statement. “Although we are all sick of COVID-19, unfortunately the virus is not tired of us. We’re still extremely common in our community, and it’s more important than ever that we listen to the doctors and make the small changes in our behavior that will make a big difference in protecting you, your family and your community, and ultimately your country until a vaccine can be generally administered. “
Of the new cases reported on Saturday, 1,376 are confirmed and 347 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 153,823 and the probable cases to 17,760. The county has recorded 1,431 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.
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 Friday, 910 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in the county’s hospitals, a new record high. Jenkins said it was the third time this week that the county reported a record number of hospitalizations.
During the same period, 517 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.
The county reported that in the past 30 days, 6,050 cases of COVID-19 were reported in children and school-age staff from more than 780 schools in Dallas County. The majority of these cases involved extracurricular activities, including athletics.
The county preliminary 7-day average for daily new confirmed and probable cases for the December 6-12 reporting period was 1,668, or a rate of 62.9 new daily cases per 100,000 population. 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 now 99 active long-term care outbreaks, 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.
Of the county’s total confirmed COVID-19 deaths, around 22% are attributable to long-term care facilities.
An additional 16,888 cases and 272 COVID-19 deaths were reported across the state on Saturday. Texas has now reported a total of 1,573,888 cases and 25,226 deaths.
Of the new cases, 12,914 were confirmed and 3,974 were likely. The state has reported 1,398,281 confirmed cases and 175,607 probable cases.
The state also added 891 older confirmed cases and 128 older probable cases recently reported by laboratories.
There are 9,796 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,931 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 14.47% on Friday. 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 10.05%.
Tarrant County reported 1,876 coronavirus cases and 13 new deaths on Saturday.
The most recent deaths include six Fort Worth residents: a man and a woman in their seventies, two women in their sixties, and two men in their forties. The other seven victims were a Southlake man in his nineties, an Azle man in his eighties, a man in his seventies from Tarrant County with no legal personality, a White Settlement man in his seventies, a Crowley woman in her seventies, a Colleyville man in his sixties and a Bedford woman in her fifties.
The newly reported cases on Saturday bring the county’s total to 130,137, including 113,973 confirmed cases, 16,164 probable cases and 94,782 recoveries.
Buddy Calzada, a Fort Worth Police Department spokesman, said Friday that Chief Ed Kraus tested positive for the virus. Kraus is asymptomatic and in quarantine at home, he said.
The death toll in the county stands at 1,084.
1,063 people are being hospitalized with the virus, according to Saturday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard.
The state added 601 coronavirus cases to the entire Saturday in Collin County, bringing the number to 39,728. A new death from COVID-19 has also been reported, bringing the death toll in the county to 323.
Details on the last victim were not available.
Of the new cases, 391 were confirmed and 210 were likely. Collin County has 35,873 confirmed cases and 3,855 probable cases. Seven older confirmed cases have also been reported.
According to state data, the county has 3,823 active cases of the virus and has recorded 32,050 recoveries.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard offers full hospital admissions only, now at 406.
Denton County reported 483 coronavirus cases on Saturday, of which 443 are active.
No new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 183.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 34,301, including 10,994 active and 23,124 recovered cases.
The newly reported cases also bring the county’s total molecular cases to 28,551, while the antigen cases stand at 5,750.
According to the district, 139 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.
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), 106 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), 137 deaths.
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