Dallas County reported a record 2,438 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, as well as 12 more COVID-19 deaths.
The province reported 5,361 cases on August 16 and 3,303 cases on November 29. But August’s census was blown up by a dump of overdue cases from the state’s reporting system, and November’s was a three-day cumulative total over Thanksgiving weekend.
County Judge Clay Jenkins warned of an “unprecedented spread” of the virus.
“The number today … is 250 new cases more than we have ever seen in one day,” he said in a written statement, urging people to plan ahead to avoid crowds when the risk of transmission is so high.
“Any outbreak will eventually lead to someone, whether you know them or not, getting the virus with a very bad outcome,” he said.
Eight of the last Dallas County victims lived in Dallas – a man in his 50’s, a woman in his 60’s, and six men in his 70’s. The remaining victims were a Garland man in his 40s, a Seagoville man in his 50s, a Richardson man in his 70s, and a Cedar Hill man in his 70s.
They all had underlying health problems. Two of the victims in Dallas lived in long-term care facilities.
Of the new cases reported Wednesday, 1,942 have been confirmed and 496 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 149,533 and probable cases to 16,697. The province reported a total of 1,391 COVID-19 deaths, a combined figure for probable and confirmed deaths.
The county has said it counts only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) as probable cases; some antibody and “housekeeping” results were previously included.
While other North Texas counties provide estimates of how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials are not reporting remedial actions, noting that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not use that statistic.
Health officials use hospital admissions, intensive care unit admissions, and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the province. In the 24-hour period ending Tuesday, 838 COVID-19 patients were in acute care at hospitals in the province. During the same period there were 565 emergency room visits for symptoms of the disease.
Statewide, 18,007 more cases and 252 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Wednesday. Texas has now reported 1,519,340 total cases and 24,394 fatalities.
Of the new cases, 14,805 were confirmed and 3,202 were likely. The state has reported 1,367,965 confirmed cases and 151,375 probable cases.
The state also added 671 older confirmed cases and 124 older probable cases recently reported by laboratories.
There are 9,528 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,765 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Wednesday, 17.36% of patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area hospital area were COVID-19 patients.
The seven-day mean statewide positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date the test sample was collected, was 13.8% as of Tuesday. State health officials said that using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.
For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 9.3%.
Tarrant County reported 1,977 coronavirus cases on Wednesday – the highest total in one day in nearly a month – and 13 new deaths.
It was the county’s 10th consecutive day of double-digit deaths.
All the last victims who died had underlying health problems.
The fatalities included five Fort Worth residents: two women in their 60s, two men in their 70s, and one woman in their 90s. The other victims were a Grand Prairie man in their 50s, a Hurst woman in their 70s, two Arlington men in their 70s, a Sansom Park guy in their 70s, an Euless guy in their 70s, a Bedford guy in their 70s, and a Benbrook. woman in her 90s.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 124,420, including 109,273 confirmed cases, 15,147 probable cases and 90,377 recoveries. The death toll is 1,039.
According to Wednesday’s figures on the district dashboard, 996 people have been hospitalized with the virus.
The state added 655 confirmed coronavirus cases to Collin County’s total Wednesday, bringing the number to 34,177. Seven new COVID-19 fatalities were also reported – a one-day record, according to data from the state – bringing the county’s death toll to 309.
There were no details about the latest victims.
According to state data, the county has 3,936 active cases of the virus and 30,241 recovery cases have been recorded.
The province’s coronavirus dashboard only displays the total number of hospital admissions, now 386.
Denton County reported 698 cases of the coronavirus – 602 of them active – and five new deaths on Wednesday.
Three of the latest deaths occurred at the Brinker Denton Senior Care Center – one man in their 60s and two women in their 70s.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 32,285, including 9,725 who are active and 22,388 who are reparations. The death toll stands at 172.
The newly reported cases also increase the county’s total molecular cases to 27,122, while antigen cases stand at 5,163.
According to the county data, a record 154 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized. Four of the county’s 84 ICU beds are available.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some countries, new data may not be reported every day.
The latest figures are:
- Rockwall County: 4,097 confirmed cases, 43 dead.
- Kaufman County: 6,509 confirmed cases, 101 dead.
- Ellis County: 9,252 confirmed cases, 141 dead.
- Johnson County: 7,711 confirmed cases, 131 dead.
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