Dallas County reported 294 more COVID-19 cases and 20 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday.
Among the latest victims were nine Dallas residents, including a man in his 50s who died at home and three men in their 40s, 70s and 80s who died in hospice care.
The victims also included four Irving residents and three Mesquite residents, including a man in his 40s who died at his home. A Lancaster woman in her 80s died in hospice.
Fourteen of the victims were 60 years old or older and all but three were men. The youngest victim was a Dallas man in his 20s who had been hospitalized and had no underlying health problems. All the other victims had underlying health problems.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that COVID-19 cases are increasing in 33 different states and that the county’s data served as a reminder not to back down on preventive measures.
“This, along with the deaths of several young people with no underlying health problems reported this week, is a strong reminder of the need to continue to wear a mask, wash our hands, keep our distance when we are around people outside our home, and avoid the crowds, ”he said.
Of the new cases, 193 were confirmed and 101 probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 292,153 – 252,583 of them confirmed and 39,570 probable. The death toll is 3,591.
The average number of new daily cases in the county for the past two weeks is 281. During the prior 14-day period, the average was 300.
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 Friday, 180 COVID-19 patients were in acute care at county hospitals. During the same period, 370 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
Health officials said that due to the Easter holidays, Monday’s COVID-19 update will include numbers from the data processed on Saturday, while Tuesday’s update will include numbers from the data processed on Sunday and the Monday.
According to the state, 671,975 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 379,583 (18.7% of the county’s population ages 16 and older) are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 1,650 more cases were reported Saturday: 1,450 new cases and 200 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 86 deaths from COVID-19, raising its number to 47,725.
Of the new cases, 1,250 were confirmed and 200 probable. Of the oldest cases, 178 were confirmed and 22 probable.
The state’s total cases are now 2,791,810, 2,401,898 confirmed and 389,912 probable.
There are 2,840 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 550 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Friday, 3.4% 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 5.09% as of Friday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 2.8%. 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, 7,928,684 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 4,468,935 (19.9% of the state’s population 16 years and older) are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County did not release new data on the coronavirus on Saturday because county offices were closed.
As of Thursday, the county’s total cases were 251,106 – 211,915 confirmed and 39,191 probable. The death toll was 3,300.
According to the county, 158 people were hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 460,162 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 299,053 (18.5% of the county’s population ages 16 and older) are fully vaccinated.
The state added 37 cases to Collin County’s totals on Saturday and there were no new deaths.
Of the new cases, 30 were confirmed and seven probable. The numbers bring the county’s total cases to 86,904 – 72,125 confirmed and 14,779 probable. The death toll is 797.
According to the county, 91 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 312,978 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 178,475 (22.3% of the county’s population ages 16 and older) are fully vaccinated.
Denton County no longer releases new coronavirus data over the weekend and county offices were closed on Friday.
As of Thursday, the county’s total cases were 71,976 – 53,380 confirmed and 18,596 probable. The death toll was 466.
According to the county, 42 people were hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 223,110 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 142,880 (20.5% of the county’s population ages 16 and older) 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: 11,145 cases (9,088 confirmed and 2,057 probable), 149 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 15,539 cases (13,076 confirmed and 2,463 probable), 245 deaths.
- Ellis County: 22,164 cases (18,609 confirmed and 3,555 probable), 308 deaths.
- Johnson County: 19,361 cases (16,557 confirmed and 2,804 probable), 360 deaths.