Dallas County Reports 20 Coronavirus Deaths, 376 New Cases; Tarrant County has 10 deaths


Dallas County reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19 and 376 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

The latest victims were mostly 60 years or older, but included three people in their 30s. Eleven were men and nine were women, and all but one person in their 30s had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Nine of the victims were Dallas residents, three each lived in Irving and Mesquite, two were from Rowlett, and one lived in DeSoto, Grand Prairie and Richardson.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that the deaths underscored how important it is for residents to be vaccinated.

“For those who are fully vaccinated, the chance of being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 is almost nil.” Jenkins said.

Of the new cases, 319 were confirmed and 60 probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 292,743, including 252,975 confirmed and 39,768 probable. The death toll is 3,625.

Due to the holiday weekend, Dallas County reported two-day data on Tuesday.

The average number of new cases daily in the county for the past two weeks is 273. During the prior 14-day period, the average was 297.

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 Monday, 200 COVID-19 patients were in acute care at county hospitals. During the same period, 340 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state, 721,730 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 406,660 (20.1% of the county’s population 16 years and older) are fully vaccinated.

Texas

Statewide, 5,771 more cases were reported Tuesday, including 4,167 new cases and 1,604 older cases recently reported by labs.

The state also reported 73 deaths from COVID-19, raising its number to 47,822.

Of the new cases, 3,365 were confirmed and 802 probable. Of the oldest cases, 778 were confirmed and 826 probable.

The state’s total cases now stand at 2,800,524, including 2,408,440 confirmed and 391,814 probable.

There are 2,882 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 561 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Monday, 3.7% of patients in the hospital region covering 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 statewide for molecular testing, based on the test sample collection date, was 5.4% as of Monday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 3.3%. 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, 8,307,828 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 4,793,909 (21.4% of the state’s population ages 16 and older) are fully vaccinated.

Doctors look at a CT scan of the lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 10 deaths and 580 cases Tuesday.

The county said it reported several days of new cases Tuesday due to the holiday weekend.

The latest victims included six Fort Worth men: one in their 40s, two in their 50s, one in their 70s, and two in their 80s. The others were a 60-year-old Arlington man, an 80-year-old Azle woman, a 70-year-old Euless man and a 60-year-old Hurst man. All but one had underlying high-risk health problems.

Of the new cases, 459 were confirmed and 121 probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 251,896, including 212,520 confirmed and 39,376 probable. The death toll is 3,324.

According to the county, 159 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 483,561 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 319,414 (19.8% of the county’s population ages 16 and older) are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added two deaths and 175 cases to Collin County’s totals on Tuesday.

No details were available on the latest victims.

Of the new cases, 91 were confirmed and 84 probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 87,267, including 72,340 confirmed and 14,927 probable. The death toll is 799.

According to the county, 102 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 326,495 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 193,293 (24.1% of the county’s population ages 16 and older) are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported three deaths and 161 cases Tuesday.

The latest victims were a Dallas man in his 40s, a 70-year-old Denton woman and a Flower Mound man in his 80s.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total cases to 72,371, including 53,603 confirmed and 18,718 probable. The death toll is 476.

According to the county, 30 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 229,381 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 155,548 (22.3% of the county’s population ages 16 and older) are fully vaccinated.

Other counties

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: 11,170 cases (9,106 confirmed and 2,064 probable), 149 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 15,568 cases (13,097 confirmed and 2,471 probable), 246 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 22,183 cases (18,621 confirmed and 3,562 probable), 309 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 19,382 cases (16,567 confirmed and 2,815 probable), 360 deaths.

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