Dallas County reported 10 more COVID-19 deaths and 574 new coronavirus cases Monday.
On the first day that all Texans 50 and older were able to be vaccinated against the virus, County Judge Clay Jenkins urged residents to sign up as soon as possible.
“If you have not registered for a vaccine because you’re over the age of 50 and have no underlying condition, you should do so immediately because you are now eligible to get a vaccine,” he said in a written statement.
Although millions more Texans now can receive the shots, the demand for vaccinations still outstrips the supply of doses, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Seven of the latest Dallas County victims were Garland residents: a woman in her 30s, a man in his 40s, a man and a women in their 60s, a man and a woman in their 70s and a man in his 90s. The others were two Grand Prairie residents, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s, and a Sachse man in his 70s.
All 10 had underlying high-risk health conditions, officials said.
Of the new cases, 379 were confirmed and 195 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 286,925, including 249,625 confirmed and 37,300 probable. The death toll is 3,309.
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 a lag in weekend reporting, those numbers will next be available on Tuesday.
According to the state, 453,223 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 241,386 — 12.0% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 2,743 more cases were reported Monday, including 1,610 new cases and 1,133 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 27 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 45,570. The state’s reporting of daily deaths lags behind some individual counties’ reporting.
Of the new cases, 1,437 were confirmed and 173 were probable. Of the older cases, 463 were confirmed and 670 were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,721,126, including 2,346,924 confirmed and 374,202 probable.
There are 3,980 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 846 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Sunday, 5.4% 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 5.9% as of Sunday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 2.1%. 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, 5,463,132 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 2,871,034 — 12.8% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 13 deaths and 201 cases Monday.
The latest victims were all in their 50s or older. Eight were men and five were women, and all but one had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Seven of the victims were Fort Worth residents, two were from Arlington and one each lived in Bedford, Euless, North Richland Hills and Watauga.
Of the new cases, 137 were confirmed and 64 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 247,549, including 209,635 confirmed and 37,914 probable. The death toll is 3,132.
According to the county, 259 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 336,457 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 195,521 — 12.2% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Officials said Monday that Fort Worth’s Stop Six neighborhood will be the site of a new vaccination clinic.
The historically Black neighborhood has one of the lowest first-dose vaccination rates in Tarrant County — 3.4% — the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The vaccination site will be at a church, according to the UNT Health Science Center, but no additional information has been released.
The state added three deaths and 218 cases to Collin County’s totals Monday.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 155 were confirmed and 63 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 85,182, including 71,177 confirmed and 14,005 probable. The death toll is 767.
According to the county, 176 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 207,163 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 116,061 — 14.4% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 308 cases Monday. No additional deaths were reported.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 70,006, including 52,045 confirmed and 17,961 probable. The death toll is 431.
According to the county, 51 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 144,443 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 92,526 — 13.2% of the county’s population 16 and older — 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: 10,836 cases (8,897 confirmed and 1,939 probable), 141 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 15,196 cases (12,863 confirmed and 2,333 probable), 231 deaths.
- Ellis County: 21,541 cases (18,225 confirmed and 3,316 probable), 296 deaths.
- Johnson County: 18,920 cases (16,262 confirmed and 2,658 probable), 343 deaths.