Dallas County reports 40 more COVID-19 victims, Tarrant County adds 71 as Texas’ death toll passes 40,000 – The Dallas Morning News

Updated at 5:38 p.m.: Revised to include Tarrant County data.

Dallas County on Friday reported 40 more COVID-19 deaths and 845 new coronavirus cases.

Most of the latest victims were in their 60s or older; 24 were men and 16 were women. Fifteen were Dallas residents, eight were from Mesquite, and five lived in Garland. Three were from Lancaster, two each lived in DeSoto, Grand Prairie and Rowlett, and one each lived in Cedar Hill, Duncanville and Richardson. Only one, a Dallas man in his 60s, was known not to have underlying high-risk health conditions.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that although the number of new deaths remained high, the lower number of hospitalized patients and new COVID-19 cases — the fewest since late November — were encouraging.

“As we head into this wintry weekend, we must keep safe from the elements, but also be aware of COVID,” Jenkins said. “Please avoid indoor activities with individuals outside of your immediate household.”

Of the new cases, 540 were confirmed and 305 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 272,661, including 239,314 confirmed and 33,347 probable. The death toll is 2,604.

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 Thursday, 686 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 337 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state, 229,682 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 78,955 are fully vaccinated.

Because of inclement weather, Dallas County will close its Fair Park vaccine site on Sunday. The site was already scheduled to be closed Saturday and Monday, and there could be future closures, officials said.

Officials said the site would reopen as soon it is possible to safely do so and that people who are due for their second doses will be prioritized.

Parkland Health & Hospital System said its vaccine locations at the Ellis Davis Field House in Red Bird and Eastfield Community College in Mesquite would be closed Monday and Tuesday and the vaccination clinics at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Outpatient Clinic would be closed Monday. Patients will be contacted with appointment information.


Across the state, 12,422 more cases were reported Friday, including 11,371 new cases and 1,131 older ones recently reported by labs.

The state also reported 324 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 40,095.

Of the new cases, 9,049 were confirmed and 2,322 were probable. Of the older cases, 1,051 were confirmed and 80 were probable.

The state’s case total is now 2,541,845, including 2,206,982 confirmed and 334,863 probable.

There are 8,607 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,328 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Thursday, 13.8% 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. It was the third consecutive day the region has been below that threshold.

The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 11.6% as of Thursday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 4.8%. 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, 2,794,008 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,035,543 are fully vaccinated.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 920 coronavirus cases and 71 deaths Friday.

The latest victims were mostly in their 60s and older, and all had underlying high-risk health conditions. Twenty-five were from Fort Worth, 16 lived in Arlington, five were Haltom City residents, and three lived in Bedford. Two each were from Richland Hills, Watauga and White Settlement, and one each lived in Benbrook, Colleyville, Crowley, Euless, Everman, Forest Hill, Grapevine, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Southlake and an unincorporated area.

Tarrant County has been reporting higher death numbers on Fridays because of when it receives death certificate data from the state. Of the latest victims, two died in November, one in December, 61 in January and seven in February.

Of the new cases, 749 were confirmed and 171 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 234,246, including 200,178 confirmed and 34,068 probable. The death toll is 2,625.

According to the county, 812 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Thursday.

According to the state, 152,808 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 67,817 are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 490 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths to Collin County’s totals Friday.

No details about the latest victims were available.

Of the new cases, 299 were confirmed and 191 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 79,257, including 67,278 confirmed and 11,979 probable. The death toll is 669.

According to the county, 273 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 106,408 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 30,194 are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported 529 coronavirus cases and eight deaths Friday.

The latest victims were in their 60s or older; five were men and three were women. Two each lived in Carrollton and Frisco, and one each was from Corinth, Denton, Flower Mound and Pilot Point.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 59,849, including 46,248 confirmed and 13,601 probable. The death toll is 382.

According to the county, 142 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 47,249 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 20,079 are fully vaccinated.

Other counties

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: 10,106 cases (8,352 confirmed and 1,754 probable), 114 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 14,129 cases (12,169 confirmed and 1,960 probable), 202 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 19,981 cases (17,394 confirmed and 2,587 probable), 264 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 17,869 cases (15,540 confirmed and 2,329 probable), 301 deaths.
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