Dallas County did not provide an everyday coronavirus case report Thursday, mentioning an upgrade to the county health department’s data platform.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said Thursday night that the delay was brought on by an update to the reporting system that took longer than expected. He said data from Thursday will be reported in Friday’s numbers.
The upgrade, he said, will enable much better contact tracing.
“We have transitioned over to a more robust tracing system,” Jenkins said in a written statement. “The system ought to have the ability to report numbers tomorrow and we’ll get you all the info as soon as possible.”
It was the very first time in nearly seven months– dating back to the local onset of the virus March 10– that the county did not release brand-new info concerning the state of COVID-19 transmission.
As of Wednesday, the county had actually reported 82,410 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 1,024 deaths.
The county has likewise reported 4,090 possible COVID-19 cases and 13 possible deaths. Probable cases and deaths include people who had a favorable antigen test (sometimes called quick tests); had antibodies for the virus; or had COVID-19 signs and contact with somebody who tested positive for the virus.
Across the state, 3,234 more cases and 112 COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday. Texas has now reported 752,501 confirmed cases and 15,823 fatalities.
There are 3,190 COVID-19 patients in Texas medical facilities, including 788 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 6.45% as of Wednesday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested will provide the most precise positivity rate.
The state likewise provides a positivity rate based on when laboratory outcomes were reported to the state; that rate stood at 7.86% as of Wednesday.
Officials previously determined Texas’ coronavirus positivity rate by dividing the most recent seven days of brand-new positive test outcomes by the newest seven days of total brand-new test outcomes. By that procedure, the positivity rate is now 5.76% percent, according to its control panel.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Solutions said that positivity rate data based on laboratory outcomes and brand-new cases most likely will be phased out however is still being attended to transparency and connection purposes.
Tarrant County Tarrant County reported 312 coronavirus cases and 4 brand-new deaths Thursday. All of the latest victims had hidden health problems. Two of the victims lived in Fort Worth– a woman in her 60s and a male in his 50s. The other 2 victims were an Arlington male in his 50s and
a Burleson male in his 80s. The recently reported cases bring the county’s total to 50,729, including 3,622 possible cases. The death toll stands at 666, and 44,149 people have recovered.
According to the county control panel, 332 people are hospitalized with the virus.
Collin County added 187 coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing its total to 14,109. The county likewise reported 2 brand-new deaths, raising the toll to 150.
The county has 1,040 active cases of the virus– including 86 people who are hospitalized, according to the county control panel– and has taped 13,069 recoveries.
Collin County, which receives its data from the Department of State Health Solutions because turning over case management in June, has a note on its control panel warning citizens that it has low confidence in the numbers the state is supplying.
Denton County reported 77 coronavirus cases– of which 64 are active– on Thursday.
The recently reported cases bring the county’s total to 12,319, including 1,613 that are active and 10,597 that are recoveries.
The Texas Department of State Health Solutions has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, brand-new data might not be reported every day.
The most recent numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 1,659 cases, 28 deaths
- Kaufman County: 3,192 cases, 47 deaths
- Ellis County: 4,459 cases, 68 deaths
- Johnson County: 3,130 cases, 52 deaths