UPDATED at 11:43 p.m. with Dallas County’s data.
Dallas County officials issued a late-night bulletin with Saturday’s coronavirus data, announcing 317 more coronavirus cases — 260 confirmed plus 57 probable — and seven new COVID-19 deaths for the day.
Underscoring a recent upswing in case counts, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins noted that the county reported an an average of 350 new cases a day for the week ended Saturday, up from 282 the previous week. The county posted 16 confirmed deaths for the week.
The latest victims an Irving man in his 40s who had been hospitalized and did not have underlying health problems. Others included a Dallas woman and a Mesquite man in their 50s and two Dallas men in their 60s and 70s, all of whom had been hospitalized and had underlying health problems. The remaining victims were a Dallas woman and a Lancaster man, both in their 90s, who had underlying health problems and died in long-term care facilities.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 83,178. The county’s confirmed death toll stands at 1,033.
Dallas County also announced 57 probable cases on Saturday, bringing total probable cases to 4,351. Total probable COVID-19 deaths remained 13.
Probable cases and deaths include people who had a positive antigen test (sometimes called rapid tests); had antibodies for the virus; or had COVID-19 symptoms and contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.
While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 on Friday, 242 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 375 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
Across the state, 7,006 cases were added to the statewide total Saturday. of which 3,346 were considered new. The remaining 3,660 were older cases recently reported by labs, the state said on its dashboard.
The state also reported 97 COVID-19 deaths Saturday.
Texas has now reported 763,010 confirmed cases and 15,992 fatalities.
There are 3,195 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 817 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 6.65% as of Friday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested will provide the most accurate positivity rate.
The state also provides a positivity rate based on when lab results were reported to the state; that rate stood at 7.61% as of Friday.
Officials previously calculated Texas’ coronavirus positivity rate by dividing the most recent seven days of new positive test results by the most recent seven days of total new test results. By that measure, the positivity rate is now 5.82% percent, according to its dashboard.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services said that positivity rate data based on lab results and new cases will likely be phased out but is still being provided for transparency and continuity purposes.
Tarrant County reported 418 coronavirus cases and no new deaths on Saturday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 51,499, including 3,706 probable cases. The death toll is 670.
According to the county dashboard, 345 people are hospitalized with the virus, and 44,590 people have recovered.
Collin County added 1,394 coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing its total to 15,548. The county also reported two new deaths, raising the toll to 152.
According to a note on the state dashboard, 192 of the added cases were new, while 1,202 were older cases recently by laboratories.
The county has 994 active cases of the virus — including 94 people who are hospitalized, according to the county dashboard — and has recorded 14,554 recoveries.
Collin County, which receives its data from the Department of State Health Services since turning over case management in June, has a note on its dashboard warning residents that it has low confidence in the numbers the state is providing.
Denton County reported 42 more coronavirus cases, of which 37 are active, and no new deaths Saturday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 12,425, including 1,622 that are active and 10,694 that are recoveries. The death toll remains 109.
The county did not provide an updated hospitalization number Saturday. Twenty-five people were hospitalized with the virus as of Friday.
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: 1,680 cases, 28 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 3,202 cases, 48 deaths.
- Ellis County: 4,482 cases, 68 deaths.
- Johnson County: 3,169 cases, 53 deaths.