Dallas County on Tuesday reported 13 more COVID-19 deaths and 245 new coronavirus cases, as officials said the record cold temperatures contributed to artificially lower numbers.
Three of the latest victims lived in Dallas, and three more in Grand Prairie. Two each were from Garland and Irving, and one each lived in Lancaster, Richardson, Sunnyvale. Most were in their 60s or older, but one was a Garland man in his 30s who was found dead at home. Two of the victims, a Garland man in his 70s and an Irving man in his 80s, were known not to have underlying high-risk health conditions.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that although Tuesday’s numbers were affected by the weather, the overall trend for the last two weeks has shown a declining number of new cases.
“Things are extremely difficult right now for everyone, and social distancing may not be possible in some situations where families are taking in others,” Jenkins said. “It is very important in these situations to use as much spacing as possible, wear your mask, wash your hands, and do all that you can to avoid the spread of COVID during this unprecedented weather emergency.”
Of the new cases, 119 were confirmed and 126 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 275,400, including 241,532 confirmed and 33,868 probable. The death toll is 2,666.
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. Because of inclement weather, those numbers were not available Tuesday.
According to the state, 245,718 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 97,742 are fully vaccinated.
The county’s vaccine site at Fair Park is closed through Wednesday because of the weather, and officials said additional closures may be necessary.
The Texas Department of State Health Services did not report new coronavirus numbers by late Tuesday afternoon.
The state last reported 2,563,949 total cases, including 2,225,399 confirmed and 338,550 probable. The last reported death toll is 40,593.
According to the state’s last update, 7,824 people were hospitalized with the virus statewide, including 2,087 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
According to the state, 2,998,680 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,214,492 are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County’s coronavirus dashboard was not updated Tuesday because of power outages and county closures.
The county last reported 235,964 total cases, including 201,552 confirmed and 34,412 probable. The death toll is 2,653. According to the county’s last update, 812 people were hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 167,028 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 87,736 are fully vaccinated.
New coronavirus data for Collin County was not available Tuesday.
The county’s last reported total was 79,681 coronavirus cases, including 67,583 confirmed and 12,098 probable. The death toll is 681. According to the county’s last update, 329 people were hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 113,983 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 36,639 are fully vaccinated.
Denton County Public Health was closed Tuesday because of the weather and did not issue a coronavirus update.
The county last reported 60,167 total cases, including 46,439 confirmed and 13,728 probable. The death toll is 382. According to the county’s last update, 115 people were hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 81,762 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 25,083 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: 10,147 cases (8,396 confirmed and 1,751 probable), 116 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 14,176 cases (12,209 confirmed and 1,967 probable), 208 deaths.
- Ellis County: 20,066 cases (17,470 confirmed and 2,596 probable), 266 deaths.
- Johnson County: 17,909 cases (15,577 confirmed and 2,332 probable), 303 deaths.