Updated at 4:31 p.m.: Revised to include statewide data.
Dallas County reported 1,149 new coronavirus cases Thursday, as well as 35 more deaths from COVID-19.
The latest victims were mostly in their 60s through 90s. Fifteen were Dallas residents, and five lived in Mesquite. Three were Garland residents, two each were from Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie and Lancaster, and one each lived in Balch Springs, DeSoto, Irving and Sunnyvale. Just one, a Garland man in his 70s, was known not to have underlying high-risk health conditions.
County Judge Clay Jenkins noted in a written statement that there have been 176 deaths reported already this week, just seven shy of last week’s record 183, and that people need to continue to take precautions against spreading the virus by wearing masks and avoiding crowds.
“Vaccine alone will not win the battle against COVID,” Jenkins said. “We must use all the tools at our disposal.”
Of the new cases, 789 were confirmed and 360 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 263,887, including 232,200 confirmed and 31,687 probable. The death toll is 2,355.
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, 901 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 450 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state’s data, 167,802 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 43,090 are fully immunized.
Dallas County launched a new call center Thursday to handle the large volume of calls for vaccine. The center — at 855-466-8639 — is staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and calls can be answered in English and Spanish.
Across the state, 15,283 more cases were reported Thursday, including 14,748 new cases and 535 older cases that were recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 439 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 37,727.
Of the new cases, 11,999 were confirmed and 2,749 were probable. Of the older cases, 297 were confirmed and 238 were probable. The numbers bring the state’s overall case total to total to 2,448,391, including 2,132,593 confirmed and 315,798 probable.
There are 10,523 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,911 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Wednesday, 17.2% of patients in the hospital region covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients — above the 15% threshold the state has used to define high hospitalizations.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 13.4% as of Wednesday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 6.8%. A molecular test is considered more accurate and is sometimes also called a PCR test; an antigen test is also called a rapid test. Gov. Greg Abbott has said a positivity rate above 10% is cause for concern.
According to the state’s data, 2,136,285 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 619,452 are fully immunized.
Tarrant County reported 1,663 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths Thursday.
The victims were mostly in their 70s and 80s, but one, a Saginaw woman, was in her 30s. Seven lived in Fort Worth, three were Arlington residents, two were from Saginaw, and one each lived in Keller, Mansfield and Richland Hills. All 15 victims had underlying high-risk health conditions, officials said.
Of the new cases, 1,301 were confirmed and 362 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 225,399, including 192,668 confirmed and 32,731 probable. The death toll is 2,306.
According to the county, 1,030 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday.
According to the state, 120,518 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 28,318 are fully immunized.
The state added 425 coronavirus cases and nine deaths to Collin County’s totals Thursday.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 279 were confirmed and 146 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 75,476, including 64,433 confirmed and 11,043 probable. The death toll is 608.
According to the county, 408 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 63,553 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 18,922 are fully immunized.
Denton County reported 458 coronavirus cases and a record 19 deaths Thursday.
The victims were mostly in their 70s and older. Five lived in Denton and five more in Flower Mound. Two were Lewisville residents, one each was from Carrollton, Frisco and Prosper, and four lived in unincorporated areas of Denton County.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 55,820, including 43,779 confirmed cases and 12,041 probable cases. The death toll is 344.
According to the county, 174 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 33,358 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 10,928 are fully immunized.
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: 9,681 cases (8,033 confirmed and 1,648 probable), 105 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 13,513 cases (11,705 confirmed and 1,808 probable), 186 deaths.
- Ellis County: 19,234 cases (16,810 confirmed and 2,424 probable), 244 deaths.
- Johnson County: 17,141 cases (15,015 confirmed and 2,126 probable), 275 deaths.