October 22, 2021

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Dallas County reports 8 coronavirus deaths, 201 new cases; Tarrant County adds 4 deaths

Updated at 5:29 p.m.: Revised to include statewide data.

Dallas County reported eight more COVID-19 deaths and 201 new coronavirus cases Monday.

Seven of the latest victims were Dallas residents: a woman in her 60s, a man and two women in their 70s, two women in their 80s and a woman in her 90s. The eighth was a DeSoto man in his 70s. All eight had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Of the new cases, 171 were confirmed and 30 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 302,651, including 260,208 confirmed and 42,443 probable. The death toll is 4,030.

Dallas County no longer reports new coronavirus data on Sundays and instead reports two-day totals on Mondays.

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 145. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 214.

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 Sunday, 143 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 316 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state, 1,129,999 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 878,745 — 40.3% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Texas

Across the state, 728 more cases were reported Monday, including 715 new cases and 13 older ones recently reported by labs.

The state also reported four COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 50,158. The state’s reporting of deaths lags behind that of some individual counties.

Of the new cases, 574 were confirmed and 141 were probable. Of the older cases, 10 were confirmed and three were probable.

The state’s case total is now 2,932,769, including 2,508,550 confirmed and 424,219 probable.

There are 2,060 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 427 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Sunday, 2.7% of patients in the hospital region covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients — below the 15% threshold the state has used to define high hospitalizations.

The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 3.2% as of Sunday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 2.2%. A molecular test is considered more accurate and is sometimes also called a PCR test; an antigen test is also called a rapid test. Gov. Greg Abbott has said a positivity rate above 10% is cause for concern.

According to the state, 12,393,636 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 9,898,047 — 41.1% of the state’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Doctors look at a lung CT image at a hospital in Xiaogan,China.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported four deaths and 106 cases Monday.

The latest victims include were two Fort Worth men, in their 70s and 80s, a Benbrook man in his 60s and a Haltom City man in his 30s. All four had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Of the new cases, 64 were confirmed and 42 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 260,264, including 217,929 confirmed and 42,335 probable. The death toll is 3,494.

According to the county, 128 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 847,220 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 694,735 — 40% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 41 cases to Collin County’s totals Monday. No additional deaths were reported.

Of the new cases, 25 were confirmed and 16 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 91,378, including 75,001 confirmed and 16,377 probable. The death toll is 832.

According to the county, 64 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 525,284 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 433,531 — 50.1% of the county’s population 12 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported three deaths and 119 cases Monday.

The latest victims were a Denton man in his 60s, a Justin woman older than 80 and a Lewisville man in his 70s.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 75,811, including 55,669 confirmed and 20,142 probable. The death toll is 578.

According to the county, 16 people are hospitalized with the virus.

According to the state, 411,188 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 338,033 — 45.1% 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: 11,628 cases (9,333 confirmed and 2,295 probable), 154 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 16,197 cases (13,467 confirmed and 2,730 probable), 259 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 22,963 cases (19,007 confirmed and 3,956 probable), 314 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 19,891 cases (16,852 confirmed and 3,039 probable), 366 deaths.