Dallas County reported 35 more COVID-19 deaths and 351 new coronavirus cases Thursday.
The latest victims were mostly in their 60s or older, but a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 30s also died. Eighteen were men, and seventeen were women. Three of them, including two men in their 40s, did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
Sixteen of the victims lived in Dallas, four each were from Garland and Grand Prairie, three each were from Irving and Mesquite, and one each lived in Balch Springs, Cockrell Hill, DeSoto, Farmers Branch and Rowlett.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that one of the new cases was the virus’s B.1.526 variant — a strain more prevalent in New York — and that the person who contracted it had not traveled outside the county. There have also been several recent cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom and may be more deadly.
Jenkins said the local emergence of these strains is a good reason to continue taking precautions against the virus, including wearing a mask and avoiding crowds.
“By practicing the fact-based approaches that provided protection for the past year, coupled with registering in as many places as you are willing to drive, and being vaccinated as soon as it is your turn, we will beat COVID-19 this year,” he said.
Of the new cases, 229 were confirmed and 122 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 285,683, including 248,724 confirmed and 36,959 probable. The death toll is 3,236.
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, 268 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 396 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 403,603 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 224,351 — 11.1% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
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Across the state, 4,755 more cases were reported Thursday, including 4,053 new cases and 702 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 231 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 45,106.
Of the new cases, 3,032 were confirmed and 1,021 were probable. Of the older cases, 548 were confirmed and 154 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,704,344, including 2,333,796 confirmed and 370,548 probable.
There are 4,406 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 926 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Wednesday, 5.6% 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 7.1% as of Wednesday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 3.5%. 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, 4,848,150 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 2,602,278 — 11.6% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported eight deaths and 433 cases Thursday.
The latest victims were two Fort Worth residents, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s; an Arlington man in his 50s; an Azle man in his 60s; a Haltom City man in his 40s; a Keller man in his 80s; a North Richland Hills man in his 60s; and a man older than 90 who lived in an unincorporated area. Six of the eight had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Of the new cases, 262 were confirmed and 171 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 246,510, including 208,894 confirmed and 37,616 probable. The death toll is 3,038.
According to the county, 295 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday.
According to the state, 294,228 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 184,226 — 11.5% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
The state added four deaths and 140 cases to Collin County’s totals Thursday.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 62 were confirmed and 78 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 84,729, including 70,897 confirmed and 13,832 probable. The death toll is 758.
According to the county, 183 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 181,967 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 108,572 — 13.5% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 455 cases Thursday. No additional deaths were reported.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 69,307, including 51,637 confirmed and 17,670 probable. The death toll is 431.
According to the county, 51 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 126,448 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 88,245 — 12.6% 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: 10,797 cases (8,868 confirmed and 1,929 probable), 137 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 15,146 cases (12,829 confirmed and 2,317 probable), 231 deaths.
- Ellis County: 21,471 cases (18,176 confirmed and 3,295 probable), 292 deaths.
- Johnson County: 18,870 cases (16,226 confirmed and 2,644 probable), 339 deaths.