Updated at 4:44 p.m.: Revised to include Denton County data.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that the state is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create vaccination “super sites,” probably in Dallas and Houston.
Abbott said the sites — one in each city — would receive 5,000 to 6,000 additional vaccines a day, seven days a week, for eight weeks.
The Texas news comes a week after California partnered with FEMA to open two mass vaccination centers under President Joe Biden’s push to create 100 such sites nationwide in 100 days.
FEMA has said it’s working with states to open vaccination centers staffed with federal personnel that could serve as pilot efforts before rolling out more nationwide.
Texas is working with FEMA to create some Super Sites for vaccinations.
Initially it would likely be 2 sites with 5000-6000 additional vaccinations per day, 7 days a week for 8 weeks.
It would likely start in Houston & Dallas — with possible expansion to other locations.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 8, 2021
Also, after the NFL offered its stadiums nationwide to serve as vaccination sites, Biden indicated his administration was interested in pursuing the idea. That means Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and Houston’s NRG Stadium could figure into large-scale inoculation efforts.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Jan. 28 that he was urging the federal government to provide for a FEMA site that could vaccinate 12,000 people a day.
The governor’s office offered no further details about what Texas may have in the works with FEMA, and it’s unclear how many doses of vaccine are available to rapidly expand inoculation efforts.
Dallas County reported 908 new coronavirus cases Monday, as well as 34 more deaths from COVID-19.
Twelve of the people who died were women and 22 were men. Most of them ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s, but one of the victims was at least 100.
Thirteen of the victims were Dallas residents, five were from Grand Prairie, four were from Cedar Hill, four were from Garland, three were from Richardson, two were from Carrollton, two were from DeSoto and one was from Lancaster.
Three victims were residents of long-term care facilities, and all but two victims had underlying health conditions, the county reported.
Jenkins said in a written statement that Monday’s count marked the first time the county had reported fewer than 1,000 new cases since Dec. 4.
“Now is a time to renew our resolve and push the numbers even lower, which we can do by wearing masks, avoiding crowds and forgoing get-togethers,” he said.
Of the new cases, 698 were confirmed and 210 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 268,262, including 235,738 confirmed and 32,524 probable. The death toll is 2,452.
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, this data will next be available Tuesday.
According to the state, 199,639 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 59,706 are fully vaccinated.
Across the state, 8,040 more cases were reported Monday, including 7,829 new cases and 211 older ones recently reported by labs.
The state also reported 57 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 38,700.
Of the new cases, 6,613 were confirmed and 1,216 were probable. Of the older cases, 208 were confirmed and three were probable.
The state’s case total is now 2,491,227, including 2,166,919 confirmed and 324,308 probable.
There are 9,401 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,497 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Sunday, 16.9% of patients in the hospital region covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients — above 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 11.3% as of Sunday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 3.8%. A molecular test, sometimes called a PCR test, is considered more accurate; 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’s data, 2,472,063 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 805,828 are fully vaccinated.
Tarrant County reported 1,059 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths Monday.
Five of the victims were Fort Worth residents: three men in their 60s and two women in their 70s. Three were Arlington men: two in their 60s and one older than 90. The other victims were a Bedford woman in her 70s, a Benbrook man in his 70s, a Crowley woman older than 90, a Forest Hill man in his 50s, a Grand Prairie woman in her 80s, a Grapevine man in his 70s and a White Settlement woman in her 40s. All 15 had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Of the new cases, 940 were confirmed and 119 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 230,088, including 196,739 confirmed and 33,349 probable. The death toll is 2,473.
According to the county, 903 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Sunday.
According to the state, 136,865 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 44,442 are fully vaccinated.
The state added 301 coronavirus cases and two deaths to Collin County’s totals Monday.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 256 were confirmed and 45 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 77,073, including 65,679 confirmed and 11,394 probable. The death toll is 629.
According to the county, 388 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 86,425 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 23,681 are fully vaccinated.
Denton County reported 611 coronavirus cases and four deaths Monday.
The latest victims were an Argyle woman older than 80, a Corinth man in his 70s, a Frisco woman in her 70s and a Hickory Creek man in his 60s.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 57,239, including 44,622 confirmed and 12,617 probable. The death toll is 348.
According to the county, 162 people are hospitalized with the virus.
According to the state, 40,397 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 14,882 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: 9,881 cases (8,173 confirmed and 1,708 probable), 109 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 13,724 cases (11,853 confirmed and 1,871 probable), 189 deaths.
- Ellis County: 19,505 cases (17,008 confirmed and 2,497 probable), 251 deaths.
- Johnson County: 17,394 cases (15,193 confirmed and 2,201 probable), 293 deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.