Updated at 7:58 p.m.: Revised to include statewide data.
Dallas County on Thursday reported 1,382 more coronavirus cases, all of them considered new. Ten new COVID-19 deaths were also reported.
As North Texas approaches the holidays, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins asked residents to take the proper precautions to protect themselves, asking them to consider curbside shopping or ordering groceries and gifts online and to forgo gatherings.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel with vaccinations happening, and thousands of our healthcare heroes have received their vaccination,” Jenkins said in a written statement. “Now is a time that we all must make small sacrifices to keep our community and our country strong at this time of unprecedented high spread and while we await the herd immunity that will come from the vast majority of the population being inoculated.”
Seven of the latest Dallas County victims lived in Dallas — two women in their 60s, a man in his 60s, three men in their 80s, and a man in his 80s. The remaining three victims included a woman from DeSoto in her 70s, a Mesquite man in his 70s, and a woman in her 70s from Balch Springs.
All had underlying health problems, and four of Thursday’s victims lived at long-term care facilities.
Of the new cases reported Thursday, 976 are confirmed and 406 are probable. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 150,509 and probable cases to 17,103. The county has recorded 1,413 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The county has said it is counting only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) as probable cases; a few antibody and “household” results were included previously.
While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, noting that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not use that metric.
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 Wednesday, 821 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 524 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
Across the state, 20,388 more cases and 266 COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday. Texas has now reported 1,539,189 total cases and 24,660 fatalities.
Of the new cases, 16,864 were confirmed and 3,524 were probable. The state has reported 1,371,223 confirmed cases and 167,966 probable cases.
The state also added 614 older confirmed cases and 194 older probable cases that were recently reported by labs.
There are 9,628 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,828 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Tarrant County reported 1,825 coronavirus cases and 17 new deaths Thursday.
Five of Tarrant County’s latest victims lived in Fort Worth, including a man in his 40s, a man and woman in their 70s, and a man and woman from Fort Worth in their 80s.
Three victims were from Crowley, including a woman in her 50s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 90s.
The remaining victims include a Bedford woman in her 90s, a Euless woman in her 80s, a Benbrook woman in her 70s, a Lake Worth man in his 70s, a Kennedale man in his 60s, a Grand Prairie woman in her 50s, a Hurst man in his 40s, a man from Sansom Park in his 40s, and a man from unincorporated Tarrant County in his 70s.
All but three of Thursday’s reported victims had underlying health conditions.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 126,245, including 110,647 confirmed cases, 15,598 probable cases and 91,836 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,055.
According to Thursday’s numbers on the county dashboard, 1,013 people are hospitalized with the virus.
The state added 644 coronavirus cases to Collin County’s total Thursday, bringing the tally to 34,821. Two new COVID-19 fatalities also were reported, bringing the county’s death toll to 311.
No details about the latest victims were available.
According to state data, the county has 3,934 active cases of the virus and has recorded 30,887 recoveries.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard provides only total hospitalizations, now at 404.
Denton County reported 837 coronavirus cases — of which 767 are active — and eight new deaths Thursday.
Six of the latest deaths were at Brinker Denton Senior Care Center — two men in their 70s, a woman in her 70s, and three women older than 80. The remaining victims include a Frisco man in his 70s and a woman in her 70s who was a resident of Providence Village.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 33,121, including 10,329 that are active and 22,612 that are recoveries. The death toll stands at 180.
There are 148 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, according to the county’s data.
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: 4,214 cases, 45 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 6,625 cases, 102 deaths.
- Ellis County: 9,419 cases, 143 deaths.
- Johnson County: 7,895 cases, 132 deaths.
Clarification: The total number of cases for the state has been updated to say 1,539,189 total cases.