Dallas County is yet to release coronavirus data for Saturday. Meanwhile, cases in Tarrant County continue to soar, with officials releasing records one day on Saturday.
On Friday, Dallas County reported 1,269 coronavirus positive cases – one of the county’s highest daily viral infections since its fatal peak in July.
The County reported a total of 100,628 confirmed cases and 8,003 cumulative probabilities until Friday. It has also recorded 1,127 deaths from COVID-19 confirmed and 18 possible deaths.
While other North Texas counties provided estimates of the number of people who recovered from the illness caused by the virus, Dallas County officials did not report recovery, saying that it was not the measurement used by Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials use hospital admissions, intensive care admissions and emergency room visits as key indicators to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. During the 24-hour period ending Thursday, 478 COVID-19 patients are in acute care in county hospitals. During the same period, 457 ER exams looked for symptoms of the disease.
The seven-day transient mean county of newly confirmed and probable cases over the last reporting period, October 18-24, was 733. This figure was calculated by collection date. test COVID-19, by county.
Dallas County does not provide positive rates for all COVID-19 tests conducted in the region; County health officials say they do not have an exact number of how many tests are done each day. But as of the most recent county reporting period, 15.4% of those who went to the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus. That is an increase compared to the previous report period, when 14.0% of such patients had a positive result.
The Texas Department of Health Services on Saturday reported an additional 7,677 coronavirus infections and an additional 111 deaths from COVID-19.
There are 6,068 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 1,559 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The seven-day average statewide positive rate, based on the date of the sample, was 11.3% on Friday. State health officials say using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate rates of positive.
The state also provides positive rates based on when laboratory results are reported to the state; That rate was at 11.5% on Friday.
Officials previously calculated the Texas coronavirus positive 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 positive rate is now 10%, according to the state dashboard.
A Texas Department of Health Services spokesperson said the positive rate data based on lab results and new cases would likely be phased out gradually but would still be provided for transparency purposes and continuity.
Tarrant County reported 1,062 coronavirus infections and three new deaths on Saturday.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, total cases are the highest in the county for a day. The County reported more than 1,400 cases as of August 16, but the tally included backlogs at the Texas Department of Health Services.
County officials have yet to release any information about the latest deaths.
Newly reported cases bring the county total to 73,180, including 65,426 confirmed cases, 7,754 probable cases, and 56,715 reinstatement cases. The number of deaths is 760 people.
According to Saturday figures on county control panels, 535 people were hospitalized for the virus.
Collin County added 109 coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the total to 19,810 cases. The county also reported three new deaths, bringing the number to 199.
The county had 1,545 active viral infections – including 195 hospitalized people, according to county control – and has recorded 18,265 recovery cases.
Collin County, which has received data from the State Department of Health Services since the June handover of case management, has a note on a dashboard warning residents that they do not trust the numbers that the state providing.
Denton County reported 58 coronavirus infections – of which 36 were active – and there were no new deaths on Saturday.
The newly reported cases bring the county total to 18,114, including 3,331 active cases and 14,645 recovering cases. The death toll was 138.
The newly reported cases brought the county’s total molecular cases to 15,777, while the antigen cases were 2,337.
There were 63 COVID-19 patients hospitalized – down 29 from Friday – according to county data.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has accepted reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 2,106 cases, 34 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 3,760 cases, 66 deaths.
- Ellis County: 5,229 cases, 88 deaths.
- Johnson County: 4,007 cases, 71 deaths.