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More than 60,000 Texans have now died from coronavirus

The state passed the tragic milestone 18 months after reporting its first COVID-19 death.

Updated at 6:09 p.m.: Revised to include Dallas County data.

A year and a half after Texas reported its first death from COVID-19, more than 60,000 Texans have now died from the coronavirus.

The state reported 377 deaths Friday, raising its toll to 60,357. California is the only other state to have more residents — about 67,000 — die from the virus, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Texas ranks 24th among the states in deaths relative to population, with its 206 deaths per 100,000 residents slightly above the national average of 201. Mississippi’s 306 deaths for every 100,000 residents is the nation’s highest rate, while Vermont’s 45 is the lowest.

The state’s deaths have largely occurred in three waves: last summer, this winter and now, as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus spreads mostly through residents who have not gotten vaccinated. But the toll — higher than the population of Euless — averages out to more than 3,300 Texans dead each month from COVID-19, or 110 per day.

Though the most recent wave has led to more severe cases among children than previous coronavirus surges, the vast majority of the deaths have occurred among older Texans. More than 47,000 victims — 78% — were at least 60 years old, and 18,670 were at least 80. Only 502 of the state’s deaths have occurred among people younger than 30, with just 79 of those among children and teenagers.

Across the state, 18,628 more cases were reported Friday, including 18,097 new cases and 531 older ones recently reported by labs.

Of the new cases, 13,929 were confirmed and 4,168 were probable. Of the older cases, 252 were confirmed and 279 were probable.

The state’s case total is now 3,902,306, including 3,265,735 confirmed and 636,571 probable.

There are a total of 12,475 hospitalizations in the state, including 3,423 in North Texas.

According to the state, 16,963,517 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 14,390,670 — 59.8% of the state’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Dallas County

Dallas County reported 18 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,433 new coronavirus cases Friday.

County Judge Clay Jenkins, noting that the people at the highest risk from the virus are those who aren’t vaccinated, said that Saturday is the last day Fair Park’s drive-through vaccination site will be open.

“The vaccine is widely available and continues to be the most important tool in our arsenal for preventing severe COVID-19 illness and keeping people out of hospitals,” Jenkins said in a written statement.

Of the new cases, 1,214 were confirmed and 219 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 375,608, including 320,039 confirmed and 55,569 probable. The death toll is 4,512.

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 1,304. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 1,315.

The county reported that 913 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 1,530,320 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 1,289,564 — 59.1% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

New research from local health experts shows that more than 95% of the county’s residents may need to be protected from the virus, either through vaccination or antibodies from a recent infection, before herd immunity is reached.

About 76% of Dallas County residents are currently protected against COVID-19, and that number is growing by less than 1 percentage point each week.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 11 deaths and 1,394 cases Friday.

Of the new cases, 1,144 were confirmed and 250 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 332,485, including 276,658 confirmed and 55,827 probable. The death toll is 4,083.

The county reported that 1,153 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 1,140,309 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 990,905 — 57.0% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added two deaths and 436 cases to Collin County’s totals Friday.

Of the new cases, 364 were confirmed and 72 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 119,778, including 98,131 confirmed and 21,647 probable. The death toll is 961.

The county reported that 480 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 672,572 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 593,869 — 68.6% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported seven deaths and 575 cases Friday.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 96,307, including 70,239 confirmed and 26,068 probable. The death toll is 678.

The county reported that 190 people were hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 526,910 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 470,245 — 62.7% of the county’s population 12 and older — 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: 15,949 cases (12,502 confirmed and 3,447 probable), 189 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 21,730 cases (17,632 confirmed and 4,098 probable), 339 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 30,044 cases (24,130 confirmed and 5,914 probable), 383 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 25,162 cases (20,789 confirmed and 4,373 probable), 444 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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