Dallas County reported eight more COVID-19 deaths and 225 new coronavirus cases Thursday.
The latest victims were all in their 70s or older. Five were men and three were women, and all eight had underlying high-risk health conditions. Two were Dallas residents, and one each lived in Addison, Cedar Hill, Farmers Branch, Lancaster, Mesquite and Seagoville.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that 400,000 vaccine shots have been given at Fair Park as of Thursday, which he said means the site “has given more vaccine than any other site in Texas by far.”
“We are in a race against time and the virus to reach herd immunity before it can successfully mutate into a form that is vaccine-resistant,” Jenkins said. “Getting yourself and everyone vaccinated is not only important for your family and our community, it is also important for America’s economy and well-being.”
Of Thursday’s new cases, 184 were confirmed and 41 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 296,831, including 255,966 confirmed and 40,865 probable. The death toll is 3,836.
The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 248. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 277.
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, 194 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 438 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 947,578 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 584,485 — 28.8% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 3,341 more cases were reported Thursday, including 2,990 that are new and 351 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 69 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 48,828.
Of the new cases, 2,195 were confirmed and 795 were probable. Of the older cases, 273 were confirmed and 78 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,857,017, including 2,451,130 confirmed and 405,887 probable.
There are 2,935 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 535 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Wednesday, 3.32% 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.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of specimen collection, was 5.6% as of Wednesday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 4.34%. 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, 10,372,271 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 6,845,893 — 30.5% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported three deaths and 246 cases Thursday.
The latest victims include two men and one woman in their 60s to 80s. Two were from Fort Worth and one was from North Richland Hills. All had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Of the new cases, 134 were confirmed and 112 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 255,309, including 214,804 confirmed and 40,505 probable. The death toll is 3,382.
According to the county, 156 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 704,184 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 469,457 — 29% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
The state added one death and 70 cases to Collin County’s totals Thursday.
No details about the latest victim were available.
Of the new cases, 11 were confirmed and 59 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 88,926, including 73,450 confirmed and 15,476 probable. The death toll is 812.
According to the county, 80 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 445,424 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 287,549 — 35.9% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 59 cases Thursday. No new deaths were reported.
The county said it will close its vaccination clinics Friday due to the possibility of severe weather.
Press Release: Denton County Vaccination Clinic Friday Cancelled Due to Severe Weather
DCPH COVID-19 vaccine clinic originally scheduled for Fri 4/23 is cancelled due to the threat of severe weather, including lightning and hail. (1/_) pic.twitter.com/LPaYmdoMyo
— Denton County Public Health (@WeAreDCPH) April 22, 2021
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 73,704, including 54,387 confirmed and 19,317 probable. The death toll is 482.
According to the county, 21 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 347,471 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 238,651 — 34.2% of the county’s population 16 and older — 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: 11,333 cases (9,204 confirmed and 2,129 probable), 152 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 15,759 cases (13,224 confirmed and 2,535 probable), 255 deaths.
- Ellis County: 22,454 cases (18,761 confirmed and 3,693 probable), 310 deaths.
- Johnson County: 19,561 cases (16,683 confirmed and 2,878 probable), 364 deaths.