Dallas County on Wednesday reported a record 2,438 coronavirus cases as well as 12 more COVID-19 deaths.
The county recorded 5,361 cases on August 16 and 3,303 cases on November 29. But the August count was provoked by a dump of backlog cases from the state’s reporting system, and November’s three-day cumulative total on the weekend of thanks.
County Judge Clay Jenkins warned of an “unprecedented high spread” of the virus.
“The number today … is more than 250 new cases that we have ever experienced in any one day,” he said in a written statement, urging people to plan ahead to avoid congestion when the transmission Risk is so high.
“Any outbreak will eventually lead to someone, whether you know them or not, getting the virus and there should be very bad consequences,” he said.
The latest Dallas County eight victims lived in Dallas – a male in his 50s, a female in his 60s, and six men in his 70s. The remaining victims were a Garland man in his 40s, a Seagoville man in his 50s, Richardson in the 70s, and a Cedar Hill man in his 70s.
All had underlying health problems. Two of the Dallas victims lived in long-term care facilities.
Of the new cases filed on Wednesday, 1,942 were confirmed and 496 are probable. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 149,533 and potential cases to 16,697. The county has reported a total of 1,391 COVID-19 deaths, a combined figure of potential and confirmed deaths.
The county has stated that it is counting only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) as possible cases; Some antibodies and “household” results were included earlier.
Although other North Texas counties have estimated how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials have not reported recovery, noting that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not use that metric.
Health officials use hospitalization, 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 ended on Tuesday, 838 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in the county’s hospitals. During the same period, 565 ERs were visited for symptoms of the disease.
There were 18,007 more cases and 252 COVID-19 deaths in the state on Wednesday. Texas now has 1,519,340 total cases and 24,394 deaths.
Of the new cases, 14,805 were confirmed and 3,202 were probable. The state has reported 1,367,965 confirmed cases and 151,375 potential cases.
The state also includes 671 confirmed confirmed cases and 124 older potential cases that were recently reported by laboratories.
There are 9,528 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Texas, including 2,765 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Wednesday, the hospital area covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area had 17.36% COVID-19 patients.
The statewide seven-day average positivity rate for molecular tests, based on test sample collection date, was 13.8% compared to Tuesday. State health officials said that using data based on when people were tested provided the most accurate positivity rates.
For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 9.3%.
Tarrant County reported 1,977 coronovirus cases on Wednesday – its most single-day and 13 new deaths in nearly a month.
It was the county’s 10th consecutive day in which double-digit deaths were reported.
All the latest victims who died had underlying health problems.
The fatal incidents include five Fort Worth residents – two women in their 60s, two men in 70 and one woman in their 90s. Other victims include a Grand Prairie man in his 50s, a Hurst woman in the 70s, two Arlington men in the 70s, a Sansom Park man in the 70s, an Eayless man in the 70s, their 70s There was a Bedford man and a Benbrook woman in the 90s.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 124,420, including 109,273 confirmed cases, 15,147 potential cases and 90,377 recoveries. The death toll is 1,039.
As of Wednesday’s number on the county dashboard, 996 people are hospitalized with the virus.
The state added a total of 655 confirmed coronovirus cases to Collin County on Wednesday, reaching 34,177. Seven new COVID-19 fatalities were also reported – one day record, according to state data – bringing the county’s death toll to 309.
No details about the latest victims were available.
According to state data, the county has 3,936 active cases of the virus and 30,241 recoveries have been recorded.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard provides only total hospitalizations, now 386.
Denton County reported 698 coronavirus cases – 602 of which are active – and five new deaths on Wednesday.
Three of the latest deaths were at the Brinker Denton Senior Care Center – one man in his 60s and two women in his 70s.
The county’s total number of newly reported cases is 32,285, including 9,725 who are active and 22,388 who are recoveries. The death toll is 172.
The newly reported cases also increase the county’s total molecular cases to 27,122, while the antigen cases are 5,163.
According to county data, there are 154 COVID-19 patients recorded at the hospital. Four of the county’s 84 ICU beds are available.
The Texas State Department of Health Services has undertaken reporting responsibility for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
Latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 4,097 cases confirmed, 43 deaths.
- Kauffman County: 6,509 cases confirmed, 101 deaths.
- Ellis County: 9,252 cases confirmed, 141 deaths.
- Johnson County: 7,711 confirmed cases, 131 deaths.
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