Dallas County reported 355 more coronavirus cases and four COVID-19 deaths on Friday.
Twenty-six of the cases are from previous months: one from June, 18 from July and seven from August. The remaining 329 cases are from September and are considered new.
The county said that 101 cases came from the state’s reporting system, while the rest were reported directly to the county health department.
Three of the latest victims had underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk for COVID-19: a Sunnyvale man in his 50s, a Dallas man in his 60s and a Duncanville man in his 60s. The fourth, an Irving woman in her 60s, had no high-risk conditions.
Data released by the county on Friday showed continuing decreases in both the county’s average cases per day and its positivity rate.
The county’s provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases for the latest reporting period, Sept. 6-12, was 240. The figure was 279 the week before. The number is calculated by the date of test collection.
Dallas County doesn’t provide a positivity rate for all coronavirus 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 most recent reporting period, 10% of people who showed up at hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus. That’s a decrease from the previous reporting period, when 10.8% such patients tested positive.
“As cases come in and are allotted by test dates to their CDC week, the numbers change some regularly, but it is enough to see that there is a positive trend of cases going down,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 76,962. The county’s death toll stands at 990.
The county has also reported 3,774 probable cases and 11 probable COVID-19 deaths. Probable cases and deaths include people who had a positive antigen test (sometimes called a rapid test), had antibodies for the virus or had COVID-19 symptoms along with contact with someone with a confirmed case.
While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it is not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials use hospitalizations, intensive-care unit admissions and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. In the previous 24 hours, 298 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county, and 312 emergency-room visits were for symptoms of the disease.
As of Friday, Latinos made up 52% of the county’s total confirmed, hospitalized COVID-19 patients. African-Americans made up 21% of cases, and whites made up 16%. For comparison, Latinos make up about 41% of Dallas County residents, according to 2019 census figures, while 24% of residents are Black and nearly 29% are white and not of Latino heritage.
The county reported that in the Sept. 6-12 period, 156 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases were reported in school-age children, up from the week before.
Rapid-testing opportunity: Dallas Medical Center in Farmers Branch will offer 15-minute-turnaround rapid tests Monday through Thursday at its campus on the northeast corner of Interstate 635 and Webb Chapel Road.
Preregistration is required. To schedule an appointment, call 972-247-5464 or visit the hospital’s website.
Across the state, 3,978 additional cases and 123 more deaths were announced Friday. Texas has reported 682,241 confirmed cases and 14,713 fatalities.
There are 3,172 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 754 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 7.1% as of Thursday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested will provide 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 7.94% as of Thursday.
Tarrant County reported 282 coronavirus cases and four new COVID-19 deaths on Friday.
The latest victims are three Fort Worth women —one in her 60s, one in her 70s and one in her 80s — and a Hurst man in his 80s. All had underlying, high-risk health conditions.
The latest numbers bring the county’s totals to 620 deaths and 46,150 cases, including 3,095 cases that are considered probable.
According to the county dashboard, 232 people are hospitalized with the virus and 40,575 people have recovered.
Collin County added 161 coronavirus cases and three COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing its totals to 12,760 cases and 136 deaths.
Ninety people are hospitalized with the virus, while 11,771 people have recovered, the county reported.
Collin County, which receives its data from the Department of State Health Services since it turned over case management in June, has a note on its dashboard warning residents that it has low confidence in the numbers it is being provided.
Denton County announced 59 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing its total to 11,441. No new deaths were reported, leaving the county’s toll at 107.
The county has logged 9,803 recoveries from the virus.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for other North Texas counties. Updated reports for some of those counties may not be available each day.
The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 1,543 cases, 25 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 3,018 cases, 45 deaths.
- Ellis County: 4,192 cases, 64 deaths.
- Johnson County: 2,795 cases, 48 deaths.