Dallas County reports 1,858 coronavirus cases, 22 fatalities; Tarrant County’s 29 new deaths include an – The Dallas Morning News

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

Dallas County reported 1,858 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, as well as 22 more deaths from COVID-19. In Tarrant County, an infant was among the 29 victims reported Tuesday.

The latest Dallas County victims included six Dallas residents, all of whom had underlying health problems: two women in their 50s, a man and woman in their 60s, a man in his 80s, and a woman in her 80s who lived in a long-term care facility.

Four Lancaster residents also died: a woman in her 60s and two men and a woman in their 70s. All had underlying health problems.

Three Duncanville residents, all of whom had underlying health problems, were among the dead: a woman in her 60s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s.

Two Garland residents — a man in his 50s and one in his 60s — and two Mesquite residents — a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s — also died.

The remaining victims were a Cedar Hill man in his 40s, a Carrollton woman in her 50s who died at a long-term care facility, a Cockrell Hill man in his 60s, a Sunnyvale woman in her 90s, and a Richardson man in his 90s who died at a long-term care facility. Officials said all but one of them had underlying health problems.

Of the new cases, 1,497 were confirmed and 361 were probable.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 250,376 — 221,012 confirmed cases and 29,364 probable cases. The death toll stands at 2,052.

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 Monday, 1,133 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 453 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease, making up about 21% of all ER visits in the county.

The county said in a news release that while hospitalization numbers were slightly down, forecasting from UT Southwestern Medical Center indicated the county could reach 1,600 hospitalizations by Feb. 5.

“ICU capacity remains heavily strained and hospitals are still operating under surge planning,” the county said in a statement.

According to the state’s data, 117,520 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 22,290 are fully vaccinated.

Texas

Across the state, 26,274 more cases were reported Tuesday — 25,464 new cases and 810 older ones that were recently reported by labs.

The state also reported 307 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 34,701.

Of the new cases, 21,813 were confirmed and 3,651 were probable. Of the older cases, 665 were confirmed and 145 were probable.

The newly reported cases bring the state’s total to 2,273,119 — 1,988,063 confirmed cases and 285,056 probable cases.

There are 12,851 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,585 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Monday, 21.8% of patients in the hospital region covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients — above 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 14.4% as of Monday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 8.3%. 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’s data, 1,571,093 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 297,503 are fully vaccinated.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 1,524 coronavirus cases and 29 deaths Tuesday.

The county on Tuesday reported its youngest victim so far: a Fort Worth boy who was under 10. County officials didn’t provide further details about the boy, including his age and whether he had any health problems, but a spokeswoman for Cook Children’s Medical Center said the child was under 1 year old.

Seven other Fort Worth residents were among the victims: a man in his 30s, a man in his 50s, a woman and three men in their 60s, and a man in his 70s.

Also among the victims were 10 Arlington residents: a man in his 40s, three men in their 60s, two men and two women in their 70s and two women in their 80s. Four North Richland Hills residents also died: two men in their 60s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s.

The remaining victims were two Bedford residents, a man in his 60s and a woman older than 90; two Watauga residents, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s; a Keller man in his 70s; a Saginaw man in his 60s; and a Westworth Village man in his 50s.

Twenty-six of the victims reported Tuesday had underlying health problems. One did not, and it was unknown whether the remaining two did.

Of the new cases, 1,072 were confirmed and 452 were probable.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 209,849 — 181,207 confirmed cases and 28,642 probable cases. The death toll stands at 2,101.

According to the county, 1,295 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Monday.

According to the state’s data, 90,645 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 9,451 are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 461 coronavirus cases and six deaths to Collin County’s totals Tuesday.

No details about the latest victims were available.

Of the new cases, 167 were confirmed and 294 were probable.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 69,404 — 59,705 confirmed cases and 9,699 probable cases. The death toll stands at 539.

According to the county, 493 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state’s data, 43,645 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 9,330 are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported 774 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths Tuesday.

Eight of the victims lived in Denton: two men in their 50s and four men and two women older than 80. Three of the men older than 80 and one of the women were residents of Anthology of Denton, and the other woman was a resident of Brinker Denton Senior Care Center.

The other victims were a Carrollton man in his 60s, a Frisco man in his 70s who lived at Prairie Estates, a Little Elm man in his 70s, a Plano woman older than 80 who lived at Prestonwood Court and two men in their 70s who lived in unincorporated Denton County.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 51,212 — 40,861 confirmed cases and 10,351 probable cases. The death toll stands at 308.

According to the county, 180 people are hospitalized with the virus.

State data show that 24,229 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and that 5,039 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: 9,018 cases (7,542 confirmed and 1,476 probable), 89 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 12,624 cases (10,987 confirmed and 1,637 probable), 173 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 18,046 cases (15,893 confirmed and 2,153 probable), 223 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 15,901 cases (14,112 confirmed and 1,789 probable), 243 deaths.