Updated 4:30 p.m.: Revised to include Denton County data and details about the most recent Dallas County victims.
Dallas County reported 25 more COVID-19 deaths and 372 new coronavirus cases Saturday.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that this was the county’s fifth-deadliest week of the pandemic.
“I’m hopeful that the deaths will be going down soon,” Jenkins said. “We are seeing good trends in our COVID hospitalizations and ICU numbers as more and more people become vaccinated and residents continue to practice good COVID safety and benefit from being able to gather outdoors in warmer weather.”
Of the latest victims, 13 were from Dallas, including three women in their 80s and 90s who lived in long-term care facilities. Two of the Dallas victims, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 80s, died at home.
The fatalities also include three people from Irving, two each from Garland, Mesquite and Rowlett, including a woman in her 90s who lived at a long-term care facility.
All of but one of the victims were in their 60s or older. Twenty-two had underlying health conditions, and most had been hospitalized.
Of the new cases, 201 were confirmed and 171 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 284,010, including 247,550 confirmed and 36,460 probable. The death toll is 3,122.
This week, Dallas County also reported five new cases of the more contagious B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant, bringing the county’s total to nine. Of the five latest cases, two live in Dallas, two in Garland and one in Sachse.
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, 358 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 394 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 336,403 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 192,721— 9.6% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 5,570 more COVID-19 cases were reported Saturday, including 4,713 new cases and 857 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 233 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 44,367.
Of the new cases, 3,631 were confirmed and 1,082 were probable. Of the older cases, 704 were confirmed and 153 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,683,865, including 2,318,522 confirmed and 365,343 probable.
There are 4,921 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 1,163 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Friday, 6.94% 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 7.96% as of Friday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 4.05%. 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, 4,201,888 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 2,319,520 — 10.3% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 28 deaths and 325 cases Saturday. Details about the victims were not immediately available.
Of the new cases, 255 were confirmed and 70 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 244,957, including 207,906 confirmed and 37,051 probable. The death toll is 2,995.
According to the county, 400 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Friday.
According to the state, 251,865 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 171,777 — 10.8% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
The state added five deaths and 70 cases to Collin County’s total Saturday. No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 42 were confirmed and 28 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 83,890, including 70,302 confirmed and 13,588 probable. The death toll is 794.
According to the county, 282 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 155,020 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 97,129 — 12% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported no deaths and 316 cases Saturday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 67,158, including 50,534 confirmed and 16,624 probable. The death toll is 425.
According to the county, 53 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 113,181 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 68,647 — 9.8% 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: 10,727 cases (8,818 confirmed and 1,909 probable), 133 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 15,021 cases (12,773 confirmed and 2,248 probable), 224 deaths.
- Ellis County: 21,380 cases (18,124 confirmed and 3,256 probable), 288 deaths.
- Johnson County: 18,775 cases (16,166 confirmed and 2,609 probable), 333 deaths.