Dallas County on Saturday reported a single-day record 2,842 coronavirus cases, all of them considered new. The county also reported 23 new COVID-19 deaths.
The case tally shatters the previous one-day record of 2,512 cases announced Dec. 23.
The latest victims include 14 Dallas residents. Three were women — one in her 30s and two in their 60s. The 11 others were men — three in their 40s, three in their 50s, two in their 60s, two in their 70s and one in his 80s.
The victims also included two people from Duncanville — a man in his 40s and a woman in her 60s; two Mesquite women in their 60s and 90s; two Irving residents — a man and a woman in their 70s; and a Sunnyvale man in his 50s, a DeSoto man in his 60s and a Seagoville man in his 60s.
Eleven of those who died were found at home, two lived in long-term care facilities, and one was found in a park.
“These deaths are spread over several weeks as the autopsies and other prerequisites for their investigation and announcement took time to complete,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement.
Jenkins repeated his advice to avoid crowds and get-togethers in an effort to stop community spread.
“Our actions today will determine where the numbers are two weeks from now,” he said.
Of the new cases reported Saturday, 2,312 are confirmed and 530 are probable. The county has now recorded 174,477 confirmed cases and 21,683 probable cases. The death toll is 1,651.
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 Dec. 31, 1,016 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 544 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.
The county reported that during the past 30 days, 5,971 school-age children tested positive for COVID-19 at 756 different Dallas County schools.
More than two-thirds of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization so far have been in people under 65, and diabetes has been an underlying condition in about a third of all hospitalized patients, according to the county.
The county’s provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases for the week ending Dec. 19 was 1,787. The figure is calculated by the date of the COVID-19 test collection, according to the county.
Of the county’s total confirmed COVID-19 deaths, about 22% are associated with long-term care facilities.
Across the state, 4,482 more cases and 96 COVID-19 deaths were reported Saturday. Texas has now reported 1,777,246 total cases and 27,867 fatalities.
Of the new cases, 3,995 were confirmed and 487 were probable. The state has reported 1,568,034 confirmed cases and 209,212 probable cases.
There are 12,319 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,714 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 20.51% as of Friday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.
For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 12.92%.
Tarrant County reported 3,361 coronavirus cases and 18 new deaths Saturday.
The latest fatalities include six Arlington residents — two women in their 50s and 60s and four men in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s; four Fort Worth residents — three men in their 30s, 40s and 70s, and a woman in her 90s; two people from Mansfield — a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s; two people from North Richland Hills — a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s; and an Azle man in his 70s, a Grand Prairie man in his 80s; a Haltom City man in his 70s; and a Sansom Park man in his 70s.
All but one victim had underlying health conditions, the county reported.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 153,365, including 134,011 confirmed cases, 19,354 probable cases and 110,335 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,512.
According to Thursday’s numbers on the county dashboard, a record 1,399 people were hospitalized with the virus.
The state added 619 coronavirus cases and four new COVID-19 fatalities to Collin County’s totals Saturday. The county has now posted 50,012 cases and a death toll of 377.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 563 were confirmed and 56 were probable. Collin County has recorded 44,734 confirmed cases and 5,278 probable cases. According to state data, the county has 4,699 active cases and has recorded 40,035 recoveries.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard provides only total hospitalizations, now at 519.
Denton County reported 610 coronavirus cases — of which 582 are active — and four new deaths Saturday.
The latest deaths include a Frisco man in his 70s and three Lewisville residents — a woman in her 60s and a man and woman both older than 80.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 39,792, including 12,952 that are active and 26,622 that are recoveries.
The county’s death toll stands at 218.
There are 944 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, the county reports.
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: 6,270 cases (5,208 confirmed and 1,062 probable), 54 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 9,306 cases (8,125 confirmed and 1,181 probable), 124 deaths.
- Ellis County: 13,261 cases (11,675 confirmed and 1,586 probable), 176 deaths.
- Johnson County: 11,135 cases (9,872 confirmed and 1,263 probable), 162 deaths.