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Dallas County reports 40 more coronavirus deaths; Tarrant County adds 42 deaths

Updated at 5:15 p.m.: Revised to include Tarrant County data.

Dallas County reported 290 new coronavirus cases Friday, as well as 40 more deaths from COVID-19.

Most of the latest victims were in their 50s or older. Twenty-one lived in Dallas, five were Mesquite residents and four were from Garland. Two were Duncanville residents and one each lived in Balch Springs, Coppell, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, Irving, Richardson and Sunnyvale.

Three of them — a Dallas man in his 60s, a Garland man in his 90s and a Mesquite woman in her 90s — did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that case numbers remained artificially low because of the weather but that reporting should return to normal next week.

“The trends we were seeing before the ice storms were encouraging and I’m hopeful that we are beginning to turn the corner in the fight against COVID,” Jenkins said.

Of the new cases, 192 were confirmed and 98 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 276,339, including 242,286 confirmed and 34,053 probable. The death toll is 2,791.

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, 575 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 358 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state, 250,550 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 104,459 are fully vaccinated.

Texas

Across the state, 2,937 more cases were reported Friday, including 2,791 new cases and 146 older ones recently reported by labs.

The state also reported 172 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 40,986.

Of the new cases, 2,150 were confirmed and 641 were probable. Of the older cases, 120 were confirmed and 26 were probable.

The state’s case total is now 2,577,131, including 2,236,776 confirmed and 340,355 probable.

There are 7,757 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,057 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Thursday, 12.7% 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 11.3% as of Thursday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 4.1%. 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, 3,047,251 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,278,101 are fully vaccinated.

Doctors look at a lung CT image at a hospital in Xiaogan,China.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 765 coronavirus cases and 42 deaths Friday.

No details about the latest victims were immediately available. The county has been reporting higher death tolls on Fridays because of when it receives death certificate data from the state.

Of the new cases, 626 were confirmed and 139 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 237,676, including 202,980 confirmed and 34,696 probable. The death toll is 2,731.

According to the county, 744 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Thursday.

According to the state, 180,391 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 94,930 are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 115 coronavirus cases and two deaths to Collin County’s totals Friday.

No details about the latest victims were available.

Of the new cases, 68 were confirmed and 47 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 81,062, including 68,613 confirmed and 12,449 probable. The death toll is 688.

According to the county’s last update, 329 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 116,970 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 39,179 are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County Public Health was closed Friday because of the weather and did not issue a coronavirus update.

The county last reported 60,167 total cases — 46,439 confirmed and 13,728 probable. The most latest death toll is 382. According to the county’s last update, 115 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 64,055 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 26,785 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: 10,274 cases (8,493 confirmed and 1,781 probable), 116 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 14,425 cases (12,380 confirmed and 2,045 probable), 210 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 20,331 cases (17,677 confirmed and 2,654 probable), 267 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 18,149 cases (15,758 confirmed and 2,391 probable), 304 deaths.

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