Dallas County reported another 1,248 coronavirus cases on Monday, all of which are considered new cases. Two COVID-19 deaths have also been reported.
The most recent victims are a Dallas man in his 40s and a prairie man in his 60s. Both have potential health problems, making them more susceptible to complications of COVID-19.
County Judge Clay Jenkins urged residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said in a written statement: “We are seeing a sharp increase in cases, threatening those of us who are in high-risk health conditions.”
Monday’s new case is the most reported case in a day in the county.
Of the new cases reported on Monday, 1,095 have been confirmed, and 153 are likely. The newly reported cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 103,184 and the total number of possible cases to 8,419. The county recorded 1,134 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 18 possible deaths.
A spokeswoman said the county only considers positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) as possible cases, although some antibody and “home” test results have been included in the past.
Although other counties in North Texas have provided estimates of the number of people who have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials did not provide them, saying this is not a metric used by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials use hospitalization, intensive care unit and emergency room visits as key indicators to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. Due to the lag in the weekend report, these figures will be available on Tuesday.
The county’s most recent reporting day (October 25-31) has a 7-day temporary average of 740 for the provisional daily new confirmed and probable cases. The data is calculated based on the county’s COVID-19 test collection date.
Dallas County did not provide the positive rate of all COVID-19 tests conducted in the area; county health officials said they did not have an accurate count of how many inspections were performed each day. However, as of the county’s latest reporting period, 14.9% of people who had symptoms of COVID-19 in the hospital had tested positive for the virus. Compared with the previous reporting period, there was a decrease, when 15.4% of such patients were reported to be positive.
On Monday, 3816 cases and 26 COVID-19 deaths were reported across the state. Texas has reported 963,019 confirmed cases and 18,769 deaths.
There are 6,103 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, of which 1,631 are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
As of Sunday, the statewide 7-day average positive rate (based on the date the sample was collected) was 11.2%. State health officials say the use of data based on the time people are checked can provide the most accurate positive rate.
Governor Greg Abbott said that the positive rate of over 10% is worrying.
The state also provides a positive rate based on the time of reporting laboratory results to the state. As of Sunday, the ratio was 12.2%.
Officials previously calculated the positive rate of coronavirus in Texas by dividing the last 7 days of the new positive test result by the last 7 days of the new test result. According to the status display board, with this method, the positive rate is now 9%.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Health Services said that data based on laboratory results and positive rates of new cases may be eliminated, but it is still provided for transparency and continuity purposes.
Tarrant County reported 1,525 coronavirus cases on Monday, a single-day high. There are no new deaths reported.
The new record comes two days after Tarrant County broke the single-day total of 1,062 new cases on Saturday.
Tarrant County reported more than 1,400 cases on August 16, but the state health department backlog was included in the statistics for that day. The Tarrant County Public Health spokesperson confirmed that there was no backlog of cases in the total on Monday.
The newly reported cases brought the county’s total to 75,161, of which 67,192 were confirmed cases, 7,969 probable cases and 57,914 recovered. The death toll is 763.
According to figures on the county dashboard on Monday, 566 people were infected with the virus.
Collin County added 148 coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing its total to 20,313. The county has not reported any new deaths, resulting in 200 deaths.
According to the county’s information center, the county has 1,809 active virus cases-including 200 hospitalized patients.
Since the transfer of case management in June, Colin County, which has received data from the State Department of Health Services, has a note on its dashboard warning residents of insufficient confidence in the numbers provided by the state.
Denton County reported 276 coronavirus cases on Monday, of which 186 were active. No other deaths were reported.
The number of new cases is the highest in a day in Denton County, excluding the days when the backlog of reports is reported.
The newly reported cases brought the county’s total to 18,390, of which 3,424 were active and 14,828 recovered. The death toll is 138.
The newly reported cases brought the total number of molecular cases in the county to 15,967, and antigen cases to 2,423.
According to county data, 97 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized.
The Texas Department of Health Services has taken over reporting for other counties in North Texas. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
The latest figures are:
- Rockwall County: 2,106 cases, 34 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 3,706 cases and 67 deaths.
- Ellis County: 5,229 cases and 91 deaths.
- Johnson County: 4,007 cases, 71 deaths.