Updated at 16:20: Revised to include data across the state.
Dallas County reported a one-day record of 3,549 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, along with a further 14 deaths. Meanwhile, the number of Texans killed by the virus exceeded 30,000, according to state data.
Hospital admissions both in Dallas County and across the state also set new heights, with the latter number peaking at 14,000 for the first time.
Nine of the most recent Dallas County people who died lived in Dallas: one woman in her 40s, three men and two women in their 60s, two men in their 70s, and a man in his 80s. The other victims were two residents of Highland Park, a man in his 60s and a woman in his 70s; two Mesquite men in their 50s and 60s; and a DeSoto man in his 50s.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that the North Texans are now in “the toughest time for COVID proliferation.” He said residents should help limit the spread to ensure healthcare professionals are able to administer vaccinations as quickly as possible.
“Activities that seemed safe to you weeks ago are much less safe now,” he said. “The job of keeping safe and keeping the spread of COVID down falls on all of you.”
Dallas County’s previous daily height of new cases, 3,194, was reported Saturday.
Of the new cases reported Tuesday, 2,979 were confirmed and 570 probable. The recently reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 197,359 and probable cases to 25,276. The county has registered 1,791 total COVID-19 deaths.
The county has said it only counts positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) as likely cases; a few antibody and “household” results were included previously.
While other counties in North Texas estimate how many people have recovered from infections, Dallas County officials do not, noting that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not use that measure.
Health officials use hospital admissions, admissions to intensive care and visits to emergency rooms as important measurements to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. In the 24-hour period ending Monday, there were a record 1,226 COVID-19 patients in emergency care at county hospitals. During the same period, 462 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
Across the state, 26,052 more cases and 286 COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday. Of the cases added, 25,301 were new and 751 were older recently reported by laboratories.
Texas has now reported 1,995,292 cases in total and 30,219 deaths.
Of the new cases, 22,110 were confirmed and 3,191 were probable. The state has reported 1,753,059 confirmed cases and 242,233 probable cases.
There were a record 14,218 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 4,158 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Monday, 25.7% of the patients in the hospital covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients, according to the state dashboard.
The seven-day average positivity rate overall for molecular tests, based on the sampling date, was 18.4% from Monday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.
For antigen experiments, the degree of positivity in the same period was 12.3%.
Tarrant County reported 1,817 cases of coronavirus and 30 new deaths Tuesday.
Nine of the most recent victims lived in Fort Worth: two men and a woman in the 60s, two men in the 70s, three men in the 80s and a woman in the 90s. Eight more were from Arlington: one woman in the 60s, one man and two women in the 70s, one man in the 80s and one man and two women in the 90s.
The other victims were four Mansfield women, two in their 60s, one in their 70s and one in their 90s; two North Richland Hills residents, a man in his 60s and a woman in his 90s; an Azle man in the 90s; a Bedford woman in the 90s; a Burleson man in the 70s; a man without age in the 70s; a man from Haltom City in the 70s; a Richland Hills man in his 70s; and a white settler in the 80s.
All but one had underlying high-risk health conditions, health officials said.
The recently reported cases bring the county’s total to 180,794: 156,876 confirmed cases and 23,918 probable. There had been 128,406 recoveries. The death toll was 1,762.
According to Tuesday’s figures on the county’s dashboard, 1,469 people were hospitalized with the virus.
The state added 1,098 coronavirus cases and six new COVID-19 deaths to Collin County’s total Tuesday. The county has now sent 58,968 cases and 428 deaths.
No information on recent victims was available.
Of the new cases, 692 were confirmed and 406 were probable. Collin County has recorded 51,840 confirmed cases and 7,128 probable cases. According to state data, the county has registered 45,846 recoveries.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard only provides total hospital admissions now at 561.
Denton County reported 579 cases of coronavirus – 542 of which were active – on Tuesday.
No new deaths were reported, leaving the county toll at 237.
The recently reported cases brought the total amount of the county to 44,158, including 13,495 that are active and 30,426 that are recoveries. They also raised total molecular cases to 35,964 and antigen cases to 8,194.
There were 222 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, the county reported.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over the reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
The latest figures are:
- Rockwall County: 7,782 cases (6,517 confirmed and 1,265 probable), 61 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 10,975 cases (9,581 confirmed and 1,394 probable), 144 deaths.
- Ellis County: 15,676 cases (13,833 confirmed and 1,843 probable), 187 deaths.
- Johnson County: 13,401 cases (11,941 confirmed and 1,460 probable), 187 deaths.