Updated 5:15 p.m.: revised to include statewide data.
Dallas County on Monday reported 702 more coronavirus cases, all of them considered new. Five new COVID-19 deaths were also reported.
The latest victims included a Dallas man in his 60s, a Richardson man in his 70s and a Mesquite woman in her 80s, all of whom had underlying health conditions. The other two victims, a Richardson man in his 70s and a Carrollton man in his 80s, did not have underlying health conditions. All five victims had been hospitalized.
But the data doesn’t show a complete picture of the number of new cases because many labs have not submitted test results since Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement. Jenkins said he anticipates accurate numbers on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Now is a time for sacrifice and patriotism to protect not only yourself but your community and our country,” Jenkins said. “Our health care heroes are working hard to make sure that this is the only holiday that we will ever experience like this, and they need your help.”
Of the new cases reported Monday, 684 are confirmed and 18 are probable. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 126,690 and probable cases to 12,108. The county has recorded 1,212 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 34 probable deaths.
The county recently announced 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.
The county reported that during the Nov. 8-14 period, 1,282 school-age children tested positive for COVID-19. Since Nov. 1, there have been 3,630 COVID-19 cases in students and staff at Dallas County schools, and 130 cases were reported from 97 separate day cares, the county said.
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 latest reporting period, Nov. 8-14, was 1,405 — a rate of 53.3 daily new cases per 100,000 residents. The figure is calculated by the date of the COVID-19 test collection, according to the county.
Dallas County doesn’t provide a positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests conducted in the area; county health officials have said they don’t have an accurate count of how many tests are conducted each day. But as of the county’s most recent reporting period, 17% of people who showed up at hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus. That’s an increase from 16.8% during the previous reporting period.
The county said that 20 active “clusters” of cases in homeless shelters and group homes have been reported in the last 30 days, totaling 167 reported coronavirus cases. One facility in the last week had 81 confirmed cases, the county said.
Over the last 30 days, there have been 818 COVID-19 cases reported from 90 long-term care facilities, the county said. Of the cases, 29 people have died and 48 have been hospitalized.
Of the county’s total confirmed COVID-19 deaths, about 23% are associated with long-term care facilities.
Across the state, 10,714 more cases and 22 COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday. Texas has reported 1,168,111 confirmed cases and 21,379 fatalities.
According to the state’s dashboard, 10,699 cases are considered new and 139 are considered older cases.
There are 8,900 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,435 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Of all hospitalizations in the 19-county hospital region that covers the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 16.13% are COVID-19 patients, according to the state’s data. Monday was the fourth day in a row that the state crossed the 15% threshold set by Gov. Greg Abbott in an Oct. 7 executive order. The order states businesses must scale down to 50% capacity if they are in a region where more than 15% of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients for seven days in a row. The area first hit the 15% threshold Friday.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 11.34% as of Sunday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.
The state also provides a positivity rate based on when lab results were reported to the state; that rate stood at 11.72% as of Sunday.
Officials previously calculated Texas’ coronavirus positivity 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 positivity rate is now 9.22%, according to the state dashboard.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services said that positivity rate data based on lab results and new cases will likely be phased out but is still being provided for transparency and continuity purposes.
Tarrant County reported 3,356 coronavirus cases and no new deaths Monday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 100,650, including 89,224 confirmed cases, 11,426 probable cases and 71,114 recoveries. The death toll stands at 843.
Monday’s case report reflects data collected from Thursday through Sunday, the county’s dashboard said.
According to Monday’s numbers on the county dashboard, 855 people are hospitalized with the virus.
The state added 408 coronavirus cases to Collin County’s total Monday, bringing the tally to 26,600. No new COVID-19 fatalities were reported. The county’s death toll stands at 253.
According to state data, the county has 3,105 active cases of the virus and has recorded 23,495 recoveries.
COVID-19 hospitalizations total 276, according to the county’s dashboard.
Denton County reported 368 coronavirus cases — of which 246 are active — and no new deaths Monday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 23,644, including 5,617 that are active and 17,879 that are recoveries. The death toll stands at 148.
There are 748 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, according to the county’s data.
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: 2,994 cases, 37 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 4,900 cases, 80 deaths.
- Ellis County: 6,898 cases, 115 deaths.
- Johnson County: 5,407 cases, 105 deaths.