Updated at 4:41 p.m.: Revised to include statewide data.
Dallas County reported 45 more coronavirus deaths Thursday, as well as 1,020 new cases of COVID-19.
The latest victims were mostly in their 60s or older; 26 were men and 19 were women. Twenty-five were Dallas residents, five were from Mesquite and four lived in Lancaster. Two were Grand Prairie residents and one each lived in Carrollton, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Irving, Richardson, Rowlett and Wilmer.
Two of the victims, a Dallas woman in her 40s and a Dallas man in his 80s, did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that the daily death numbers will remain high for a while even as cases continue to decline.
“Brighter days are ahead, but we must maintain our vigilance in the fight against COVID-19 to keep ourselves, our community, and our country as strong as possible until the vaccine can help us to reach herd immunity,” Jenkins said.
Of the new cases, 831 were confirmed and 189 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 271,816, including 238,774 confirmed and 33,042 probable. The death toll is 2,564.
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 that ended Wednesday, 750 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 460 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 223,999 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 73,574 are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 11,890 more cases were reported Thursday, including 11,185 new cases and 705 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 385 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 39,771.
Of the new cases, 8,435 were confirmed and 2,750 were probable. Of the older cases, 597 were confirmed and 108 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,529,343, including 2,196,882 confirmed and 332,461 probable.
There are 8,933 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,418 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Wednesday, 14.3% 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 high hospitalizations. This is the second day in a row such hospitalizations were below that benchmark.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 11.9% as of Wednesday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 5.5%. A molecular test is considered more accurate and is sometimes also called a PCR test; an antigen test is also called a rapid test. Gov. Greg Abbott has said a positivity rate above 10% is cause for concern.
According to the state, 2,703,941 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 959,596 are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 1,034 coronavirus cases and 25 deaths Thursday.
The victims were mostly in their 60s and older, and all but one had underlying high-risk health conditions. Eight were Fort Worth residents and seven lived in Arlington. Two each were from Bedford and Richland Hills, and one each lived in Benbrook, Grapevine, Hurst, North Richland Hills, River Oaks and Southlake.
Of the new cases, 794 were confirmed and 240 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 233,326, including 199,429 confirmed and 33,897 probable. The death toll is 2,554.
According to the county, 847 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday.
According to the state, 149,322 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 60,928 are fully vaccinated.
The state added 687 coronavirus cases and eight deaths to Collin County’s totals Thursday.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 569 were confirmed and 118 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 78,767, including 66,987 confirmed and 11,780 probable. The death toll is 653.
According to the county, 361 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 102,124 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 28,563 are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 676 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths Thursday.
The latest victims were mostly in their 70s and 80s. Three lived in Denton, one each lived in Corinth, Dallas, Flower Mound and Frisco, and four were from unincorporated areas.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 59,320, including 45,907 confirmed and 13,413 probable. The death toll is 374.
According to the county, 154 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 45,942 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 19,039 are fully vaccinated.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 10,072 cases (8,323 confirmed and 1,749 probable), 113 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 14,076 cases (12,119 confirmed and 1,957 probable), 200 deaths.
- Ellis County: 19,900 cases (17,336 confirmed and 2,564 probable), 263 deaths.
- Johnson County: 17,776 cases (15,476 confirmed and 2,300 probable), 299 deaths.
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