Dallas County reported 726 new coronavirus cases on Friday, as well as 18 more deaths from COVID-19.
The latest victims were mostly 60 years or older. Two, a Dallas woman in her 50s and a Garland man in her 80s, had no underlying high-risk health conditions.
Six of the victims were Dallas residents, two were from DeSoto, Garland, Grand Prairie and Mesquite, and one lived in Cedar Hill, Coppell, Mesquite and Richardson.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that officials “should soon” know the exact numbers for new daily cases after last week’s weather caused delays in testing and reporting.
Of the new cases, 527 were confirmed and 199 probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 279,834, including 244,862 confirmed and 34,972 probable. The death toll is 2,941.
Health officials use hospitalizations, intensive care admissions, and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. In the 24-hour period ending Thursday, 486 COVID-19 patients were in acute care at county hospitals. During the same period, 336 emergency room visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 272,244 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 140,314 are fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 7,955 more cases were reported Friday, including 7,332 new and 623 older cases recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 290 deaths from COVID-19, raising its number to 42,575.
Of the new cases, 5,192 were confirmed and 2,140 probable. Of the oldest cases, 443 were confirmed and 180 probable.
The state’s total cases now stand at 2,629,136, including 2,275,506 confirmed and 353,630 probable.
There are 6,185 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 1,596 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Thursday, 9.5% of patients in the hospital region that covers the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients, below the 15% threshold the state has used to define discharge hospitalizations.
The seven-day average positivity rate across the state for molecular testing, based on the test sample collection date, was 11.9% as of Thursday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 4.8%. A molecular test is considered more accurate and is sometimes also called a PCR test; an antigen test is also called a rapid test. Governor Greg Abbott has said that a positivity rate above 10% is cause for concern.
According to the state, 3,340,425 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,681,947 are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 589 coronavirus cases and 23 deaths on Friday.
Most of the latest victims were 60 and older, and all had high-risk underlying health conditions. Eight were Fort Worth residents, six were from Arlington, and one lived in Benbrook, Crowley, Edgecliff Village, Euless, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Saginaw, Southlake, and an unincorporated area.
Tarrant County has been reporting higher death totals on Fridays due to receiving the death certificate data from the state.
Of the new cases, 456 were confirmed and 133 probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 241,005, including 205,206 confirmed and 35,799 probable. The death toll is 2,841.
According to the county, 489 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Thursday, the lowest number of hospitalizations in the county in about four months.
According to the state, 207,305 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 134,120 are fully vaccinated.
The state added 458 coronavirus cases and four deaths to Collin County’s totals on Friday.
No details were available on the latest victims.
Of the new cases, 292 were confirmed and 166 probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 82,848, including 69,745 confirmed and 13,103 probable. The death toll is 716.
According to the county, 276 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 129,468 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 57,805 are fully vaccinated.
County Judge Chris Hill rescinded a COVID-19 disaster declaration that he issued last spring on Friday. However, the move was more of a formality because state orders related to the pandemic, including a mask mandate and an order allowing companies to operate at 75% of capacity, remain in effect, the Collin County spokesman said, Tim Wyatt, in an email.
“The disaster declaration that is rescinded here today has no effect on the governor’s executive orders or restrictions that the governor has altered or removed. [Greg] Abbott, ”Wyatt said.
Denton County reported 526 coronavirus cases on Friday. No additional deaths were reported.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total cases to 63,648, including 48,625 confirmed and 15,023 probable. The death toll is 398.
According to the county, 112 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 94,714 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 35,563 are fully vaccinated.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over the reports from these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
The last numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 10,504 cases (8,668 confirmed and 1,836 probable), 123 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 14,713 cases (12,573 confirmed and 2,140 probable), 215 deaths.
- Ellis County: 20,659 cases (17,909 confirmed and 2,750 probable), 273 deaths.
- Johnson County: 18,477 cases (16,004 confirmed and 2,473 probable), 315 deaths.
Plant writer Jesús Jiménez contributed to this report.