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Texas, Dallas County post record one-day COVID-19 death totals; state’s toll is now over 35,000

The disease has killed 40 more people in Dallas County, 12 more in Tarrant County and 11 more in Collin County.

Updated at 6:25 p.m.: Revised to include numbers for additional counties.

Dallas County reported 1,671 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and 40 more deaths from COVID-19 — the most the county has reported in a single day during the pandemic.

Across the state, Texas also reported a record one-day toll, adding 467 deaths Wednesday.

The latest Dallas County victims were mostly in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Twenty-five of the victims were from Dallas — including two women in their 20s, one of whom didn’t have underlying health problems. Six were from Mesquite, three from DeSoto, three from Duncanville, and one each from Garland, Hutchins and Sachse.

“These deaths are a result of the high number of COVID cases that have been reported over the last several weeks,” County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a prepared statement. “Increased deaths always follows increased infections.”

Of the new cases, 1,397 were confirmed and 274 were probable.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 252,047, including 222,409 confirmed cases and 29,638 probable cases. The death toll stands at 2,092.

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, 1,137 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 600 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state’s data, 119,237 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 23,244 are fully vaccinated.

Texas

Across the state, 19,613 more cases were reported Wednesday along with 467 more deaths, the highest one-day toll reported during the pandemic.

Texas’ death toll now stands at 35,168.

Of the cases reported Wednesday, 15,072 were confirmed and 4,541 were probable.

The newly reported cases bring the state’s total to 2,292,732, including 2,003,135 confirmed cases and 289,597 probable cases.

According to the state’s data, 1,603,193 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 320,310 are fully vaccinated.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 1,227 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths Wednesday.

The latest victims included three Arlington men: one in his 30s and two in their 80s. Two Fort Worth residents also died — a man and woman each in their 60s — as well as two Mansfield women, one in her 60s and one in her 70s.

Other victims included two Southlake men over 90 and three men in their 70s from Benbrook, Grapevine and Grand Prairie.

All of the victims had underlying health problems, county officials said.

Of the new cases, 982 were confirmed and 245 were probable. The new cases bring the county’s total to 211,076, including 182,189 confirmed cases and 28,887 probable cases. The death toll stands at 2,113.

According to the county, 1,279 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday.

According to the state’s data, 92,668 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 10,310 are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 1,010 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths to Collin County’s totals Wednesday.

No details about the latest victims were available.

Of the new cases, 673 were confirmed and 337 were probable.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 70,414, including 60,378 confirmed cases and 10,036 probable cases. The death toll stands at 550.

According to the county, 509 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state’s data, 44,954 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 9,844 are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported 645 coronavirus cases and no deaths Wednesday.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 51,857, including 41,295 confirmed cases and 10,562 probable cases. The death toll stands at 308.

According to the county, 184 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state’s data, 24,750 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 5,468 are fully vaccinated.

Other counties

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: 9,082 cases (7,561 confirmed and 1,521 probable), 91 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 12,688 cases (11,028 confirmed and 1,660 probable), 176 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 18,139 cases (15,930 confirmed and 2,209 probable), 228 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 16,021 cases (14,176 confirmed and 1,845 probable), 251 deaths.

CORRECTION, 5:12 p.m. Jan. 27: An earlier version of this story said 24 of the deaths reported in Dallas County on Wednesday were Dallas residents. The correct number is 25.

Dana Branham, Breaking news reporter. Dana is a reporter at The Dallas Morning News covering crime and breaking news. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied journalism. Before coming to The News in 2018, Dana interned at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Tulsa World.

dana.branham@dallasnews.com danabranham

Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Engagement reporter. Nataly is the lead writer on Curious Texas. She is a D-FW native with a B.A. in emerging media and communication from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.S. in journalism from the University of Southern California. She also likes art, a lot.

nataly.keomoungkhoun@dallasnews.com @natalykeo
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