Dallas County reported eight more COVID-19 deaths and 303 new coronavirus cases Saturday.
The latest victims were all in their 40s or older. Six were men and two were women, and all had underlying high-risk health conditions. Four were from Dallas, and one each lived in Garland, Irving, Lancaster and Mesquite.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that COVID-19 continues to be a serious health risk in the community and a drag on the economy. He encouraged people to sign up to get a vaccine shot at one of the many locations offering them.
“In order to defeat COVID, as many people need to get the shot as soon as possible,” Jenkins said. “We are in a race against the virus to reach herd immunity and deny the virus enough additional hosts for it to mutate into variants that are vaccine-resistant.”
Of the new cases, 267 were confirmed and 36 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 297,315 — 256,342 confirmed and 40,973 probable. The death toll is 3,853.
The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 242. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 273.
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 Friday, 188 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 403 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 958,649 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 607,346 — 29.9% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 2,449 more cases were reported Saturday — 2,282 new cases and 167 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 49 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 48,946.
Of the new reported cases, 1,768 were confirmed and 514 were probable. Of the older cases, 144 were confirmed and 23 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,862,938 — 2,455,715 confirmed and 407,223 probable.
There were 2,793 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 493 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Friday, 3.1% 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 test specimen collection, was 5.8% as of Friday. 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, 10,568,455 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 7,118,118 — 31.7% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
The state also lifted its pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Saturday after an 11-day scientific review of its safety and effectiveness and notified providers to resume giving those shots. The U.S. had paused use of that vaccine to investigate six cases of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. Officials ultimately determined the vaccine’s benefits outweighed its risks.
A Texas woman was hospitalized this week in connection with possible blood clots.
Dr. John Hellerstedt, the department of state health services commissioner, said in a news release that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “an important tool in our fight against COVID-19.”
“We know some Texans prefer the simplicity of a single-dose vaccine, and the ease of storing and handling this vaccine gives providers more flexibility,” Hellerstedt said. “Resuming the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will prevent hospitalizations and save lives in Texas.”
Tarrant County reported 14 deaths and 198 new coronavirus cases Saturday.
The county said it is now reconciling death certificate information from the state with its usual local sources, which means it may find additional deaths that hadn’t been recorded previously. Two of the deaths recorded Saturday were from February, seven were from March and five were from April, the county said.
The latest victims were all in their 40s or older. Seven were women and seven were men, and all but two had underlying high-risk health conditions. Six were from Fort Worth, four lived in Arlington and one each lived in Euless, Haltom City, Mansfield and River Oaks.
Of the new cases, 127 were confirmed and 71 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 255,681 — 215,067 confirmed and 40,614 probable. The death toll is 3,397.
According to the county, 147 people were hospitalized with the virus on Friday.
According to the state, 716,639 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 493,409 — 30.5% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
The state added one death and 109 cases to Collin County’s totals Saturday.
No details about the latest victim were available.
Of the new cases, 62 were confirmed and 47 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 89,160 — 73,590 confirmed and 15,570 probable. The death toll is 814.
According to the county, 75 people were hospitalized with the virus on Friday.
According to the state, 451,577 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 297,888 — 37.2% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Denton County no longer releases new coronavirus data over the weekend.
As of Friday, the county had reported 73,793 coronavirus cases — 54,458 confirmed and 19,335 probable. The death toll was 482.
According to the county, 25 people were hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 356,391 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 253,802 — 36.4% 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: 11,343 cases (9,208 confirmed and 2,135 probable), 152 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 15,771 cases (13,229 confirmed and 2,542 probable), 255 deaths.
- Ellis County: 22,468 cases (18,763 confirmed and 3,705 probable), 310 deaths.
- Johnson County: 19,573 cases (16,687 confirmed and 2,886 probable), 365 deaths.