Updated at 5:38 p.m.: Revised to include statewide data.
Dallas County reported 412 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, as well as 18 more deaths from COVID-19.
The latest victims were mostly in their 60s or older, but one was a Dallas woman in her 30s who did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
Nine of the victims lived in Dallas, five were Garland residents, two were from Mesquite and one each lived in DeSoto and Irving.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that case numbers remain low because less testing took place last week, but officials believe “the numbers are trending in our favor.”
Of the new cases, 300 were confirmed and 112 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 277,705, including 243,340 confirmed and 34,365 probable. The death toll is 2,874.
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, 540 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 349 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
According to the state, 257,725 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 116,941 are fully vaccinated.
Jenkins said the county’s vaccination site would open Wednesday for people who were due to get second doses on or before Feb. 16. On Thursday the site will be open for people due for second doses on or before Feb. 17.
Jenkins also said Dallas County, in partnership with the White House, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Defense, will administer about 3,000 first doses of vaccine per day to the county’s underserved populations starting Wednesday.
Across the state, 11,809 more cases were reported Tuesday, including 9,704 new cases and 2,105 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 234 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 41,641.
Of the new cases, 7,556 were confirmed and 2,148 were probable. Of the older cases, 463 were confirmed and 1,642 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,606,275, including 2,259,407 confirmed and 346,868 probable.
There are 7,014 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 1,813 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Monday, 11.3% 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 13.1% as of Monday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 3.7%. 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, 3,146,940 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,422,169 are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 368 coronavirus cases and five deaths Tuesday.
The latest victims were two Fort Worth men in their 50s, an Arlington man older than 90, a Haltom City woman older than 90 and a Saginaw woman in her 80s. All five had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Of the new cases, 246 were confirmed and 122 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 239,188, including 203,949 confirmed and 35,239 probable. The death toll is 2,794.
According to the county, 629 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Monday.
According to the state, 197,531 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 110,369 are fully vaccinated.
The state added 310 coronavirus cases and three deaths to Collin County’s totals Tuesday.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 124 were confirmed and 186 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 81,702, including 69,011 confirmed and 12,691 probable. The death toll is 697.
According to the county, 265 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 121,421 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 47,016 are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 837 coronavirus cases Tuesday. No additional deaths were reported.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 61,991, including 47,500 confirmed and 14,491 probable. The death toll is 398.
According to the county, 129 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 68,287 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 30,288 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: 10,376 cases (8,581 confirmed and 1,795 probable), 117 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 14,563 cases (12,495 confirmed and 2,068 probable), 212 deaths.
- Ellis County: 20,473 cases (17,798 confirmed and 2,675 probable), 270 deaths.
- Johnson County: 18,277 cases (15,871 confirmed and 2,406 probable), 309 deaths.