Dallas County reported six more COVID-19 deaths and 110 new coronavirus cases Saturday.
The latest victims were a Garland man in his 60s who had been hospitalized, a Dallas man in his 70s who had been hospitalized, a Grand Prairie woman in her 70s who died at home, a woman in her 80s lived at a long-term care facility in Irving, a Carrollton woman in her 90s who died at home and a woman in her 90s who lived in a long-term care facility in Mesquite. All but two of the victims had underlying health conditions.
One of the deaths was of a person who had received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and had several underlying health conditions, health officials said. The county did not specify which person that was.
The county said there have been a total of 506 COVID-19 cases reported in fully vaccinated people. Seven of those people died and 82 were hospitalized, the county said.
The county did not provide any other details about the cases in vaccinated people.
County Judge Clay Jenkins — who said that the day’s case count may or may not still be artificially low because of an issue with the state’s reporting system — said in a written statement that the county’s new daily case rate is the lowest it’s been this year and the lowest average rate the county has seen since the end of last June.
“These are very encouraging trends as we also now report that almost 52% of Dallas County residents 16 and older have had at least one shot and over 40% are fully vaccinated,” Jenkins said. “If you haven’t received your vaccine yet, please do not delay.”
Of the new cases, 83 were confirmed and 27 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 301,511, including 259,369 confirmed and 42,142 probable. The death toll is 3,978.
The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 183. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 244.
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.
Health officials did not provide an update to hospitalizations numbers on Saturday. In the 24-hour period that ended Thursday, 143 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 302 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 1,058,437 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 821,913 — 40.5% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 1,983 more COVID-19 cases were reported Saturday, including 1,678 new cases and 305 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 42 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 49,877.
Of the new cases, 1,254 were confirmed and 424 were probable. Of the older cases, 212 were confirmed and 93 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,919,239, including 2,497,468 confirmed and 421,771 probable.
There are 2,287 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 475 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Friday, 2.9% 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 4.2% as of Friday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 2.8%. 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, 11,730,045 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 9,232,331 — 41.2% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported two deaths and 118 cases Saturday.
The latest victims included an Arlington man in his 70s and a Fort Worth man in his 80s. Both had underlying health conditions.
Of the new cases, 84 were confirmed and 34 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 259,213, including 217,312 confirmed and 41,901 probable. The death toll is 3,469.
According to the county, 164 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Friday.
According to the state, 797,657 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 645,490 — 39.9% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
The state added no new deaths and 54 cases to Collin County’s totals Saturday.
Of the new cases, 34 were confirmed and 20 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 90,880, including 74,655 confirmed and 16,225 probable. The death toll is 831.
According to the county, 76 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 497,128 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 410,693 — 51.2% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Denton County no longer releases COVID-19 data over the weekend.
As of Friday, the county had reported 75,364 coronavirus cases — 55,387 confirmed and 19,977 probable. The death toll was 536.
According to the county, 23 people were hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 389,479 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 315,137 — 45.2% 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: 11,579 cases (9,312 confirmed and 2,267 probable), 154 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 16,125 cases (13,425 confirmed and 2,700 probable), 259 deaths.
- Ellis County: 22,859 cases (18,954 confirmed and 3,905 probable), 312 deaths.
- Johnson County: 19,644 cases (16,626 confirmed and 3,018 probable), 367 deaths.