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Dallas County adds 1,368 coronavirus cases, 6 deaths; Texas again sets record with 14,648 cases

In Tarrant County, 1,302 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths were reported Wednesday.

Dallas County reported 1,368 new coronavirus cases and six more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.

Across Texas, more than 14,600 cases were reported — setting a one-day record for the second day in a row and the fourth time in a week.

The latest victims in Dallas County included four Dallas residents: a man and a woman in their 60s and two men in their 70s. The other victims were a Coppell man in his 60s and a DeSoto man in his 80s. All six had underlying high-risk health problems.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said the positivity rate among asymptomatic patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital, such as those undergoing routine procedures, is 12% over the last week, after recently having been 5%.

The growing number of asymptomatic coronavirus carriers is reason to avoid crowds, including Thanksgiving get-togethers, he said.

“I know this Thanksgiving is different, but it can still be special,” he said.

Of the new cases reported Wednesday, 1,185 are confirmed and 183 are probable. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 122,184 and probable cases to 11,627. The county has recorded 1,202 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 29 probable deaths.

The county has said it is counting only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) as probable cases; a few antibody and “household” results were included previously.

Although 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 do not use that metric.

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. In the 24-hour period that ended Tuesday, 764 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 508 emergency-room visits were for symptoms of the disease.

Because of the holiday, Dallas County officials will not release coronavirus data Thursday and Friday. Those numbers will be included in Saturday’s and Sunday’s reports.

Statewide data

Across the state, 200 COVID-19 deaths were reported Wednesday, as well as the record-setting 14,648 cases. The previous single-day high, 13,998 cases, was set Tuesday.

Texas has had 1,130,980 confirmed cases and 20,950 fatalities.

There are 8,585 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 2,379 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The statewide hospitalization number was the highest since early August.

The seven-day average positivity rate statewide, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 10.5% as of Tuesday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate. Gov. Greg Abbott has said a positivity rate above 10% is cause for concern.

The state also provides a positivity rate based on when lab results were reported to the state; that rate stood at 11.6% as of Tuesday.

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 10.3%, 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 probably will be phased out but is being provided for transparency and continuity purposes.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 1,302 coronavirus cases and three new deaths Wednesday.

The latest fatalities were an Arlington man in his 60s, a Fort Worth man in his 70s and a Mansfield man in his 80s. All three had underlying health problems.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 95,989, including 85,010 confirmed cases, 10,979 probable cases and 67,595 recoveries. The death toll stands at 838.

According to Wednesday’s numbers on the county dashboard, 812 people are hospitalized with the virus.

Collin County

The state added 196 coronavirus cases to Collin County’s total Wednesday, bringing the tally to 24,571. Four more COVID-19 fatalities also were reported, bringing the county’s death toll to 245.

No details about the latest victims were available.

According to state data, the county has 3,102 active cases of the virus.

The county’s coronavirus dashboard provides only total hospitalizations, which are at 291.

Denton County

Denton County reported 439 coronavirus cases — of which 314 are active — and one death Wednesday.

The latest fatality was a Lewisville man in his 50s.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 22,789, including 5,345 that are active and 17,296 that are recoveries. The death toll stands at 148.

The newly reported cases raised the county’s total molecular cases to 19,358, while antigen cases stand at 3,431.

There are 141 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, according to the county’s data.

Other counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some of them, new data may not be reported every day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 2,852 cases, 36 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 4,766 cases, 78 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 6,701 cases, 108 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 5,213 cases, 97 deaths.

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Tom Steele, Breaking News Producer. Tom has covered breaking news for The Dallas Morning News since 2016. He has worked in a number of other capacities for The News since 2007, and he was previously a copy editor at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. He has degrees in journalism and economics from Lehigh University.

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