Dallas County reports 6 coronavirus deaths, 188 new cases; Denton County adds 11 deaths

Dallas County reported six more COVID-19 deaths and 188 new coronavirus cases Monday.

The latest victims were four Dallas residents, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 70s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s; an Irving man in his 60s; and a Lancaster man in his 70s. All six had underlying high-risk health conditions.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that vaccinations against the coronavirus have led to the recent drop in deaths and new cases, and he urged people to get vaccinated.

“If you’ve already received the vaccine, use your powers of persuasion to convince those who listen to you that now is the time for them to get vaccinated,” Jenkins said. “Every vaccination makes all of us a little safer.”

Of the new cases, 127 were confirmed and 61 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 300,627, including 258,736 confirmed and 41,891 probable. The death toll is 3,934.

Dallas County no longer reports new coronavirus data on Sundays and instead reports two-day totals on Mondays.

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 214. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 235.

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, 1,037,285 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 787,851 — 38.8% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Texas

Across the state, 753 more cases were reported Monday, including 747 new cases and six older ones recently reported by labs.

The state also reported three COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 49,594. The state’s reporting of coronavirus deaths lags behind that of some individual counties.

Of the new cases, 651 were confirmed and 96 were probable. Of the older cases, three were confirmed and three were probable.

The state’s case total is now 2,905,863, including 2,487,480 confirmed and 418,383 probable.

There are 2,200 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 496 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Sunday, 3.1% 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 4.2% as of Sunday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 2.3%. 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, 11,476,550 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 8,773,454 — 39.1% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported two deaths and 186 cases Monday.

The latest victims were an Arlington woman in her 80s and a White Settlement woman in her 60s, both with underlying high-risk health conditions.

Of the new cases, 122 were confirmed and 64 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 258,423, including 216,795 confirmed and 41,628 probable. The death toll is 3,456.

According to the county, 145 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 782,676 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 616,017 — 38.1% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 19 cases to Collin County’s totals Monday. No additional deaths were reported.

Of the new cases, 17 were confirmed and two were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 90,567, including 74,474 confirmed and 16,093 probable. The death toll is 829.

According to the county, 61 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 488,147 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 391,490 — 48.8% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported 11 deaths and 111 cases Monday.

The latest victims were mostly in their 60s or older; seven were men and four were women. Three lived in Lewisville, one each lived in Denton, Flower Mound, Oak Point, Sanger and Trophy Club, and three were from unincorporated areas.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 74,992, including 55,155 confirmed and 19,837 probable. The death toll is 506.

According to the county, 33 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 383,542 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 310,181 — 44.5% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Other counties

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: 11,513 cases (9,281 confirmed and 2,232 probable), 153 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 16,042 cases (13,377 confirmed and 2,665 probable), 256 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 22,765 cases (18,901 confirmed and 3,864 probable), 310 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 19,779 cases (16,778 confirmed and 3,001 probable), 367 deaths.

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