16,392 new Covid-19 cases and 308 deaths confirmed in Texas

Across the state, 16,392 more coronavirus cases and 308 COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday.

Texas has now reported 1,653,522 total cases and 26,208 fatalities.

Of the new cases, 12,783 were confirmed and 3,609 were probable. The state has reported 1,464,556 confirmed cases and 188,966 probable cases.

The state also added 517 older confirmed cases and 155 older probable cases that were recently reported by labs.

There are 10,724 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,276 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

On Thursday, 20.52% of patients in the hospital region covering the D-FW area were COVID-19 patients, according to the state dashboard.

The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 14.78% as of Wednesday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.

For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 9.43%.

Dallas County

Because of the holiday, Dallas County won’t resume reporting COVID-19 data until Saturday, officials said.

On Wednesday, the county reported a record 2,512 coronavirus cases and 30 more COVID-19 deaths.

The county has logged 160,189 confirmed cases and 19,229 probable cases. It also has recorded 1,544 COVID-19 deaths.

Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, noting that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not use that metric.

In the 24-hour period that ended Tuesday, 972 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 562 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

Saturday’s numbers will include data processed Wednesday evening, and Sunday’s report will include COVID-19 data from Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County health officials did not post data Thursday and also will not post Friday or Saturday, according to the county’s dashboard.

On Wednesday, the county reported 1,702 coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths.

The county has logged 135,793 cases, including 118,641 that are confirmed cases, 17,152 that are probable and 99,752 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,389.

As of Wednesday, 1,168 people were hospitalized with the virus.

Collin County

The state added 901 coronavirus cases to Collin County’s total Thursday, bringing the tally to 44,070. Five new COVID-19 fatalities also were reported, bringing the county’s death toll to 345.

No details about the latest victims were available.

Of the new cases, 797 were confirmed and 104 were probable. Collin County has recorded 39,876 confirmed cases and 4,194 probable cases.

According to state data, the county has 4,222 active cases of the virus and has recorded 35,654 recoveries.

The county’s coronavirus dashboard only notes total hospitalizations, which stand at 457.

Denton County

Denton County did not post new data Thursday and will not resume posting new coronavirus data until Saturday.

The county, which reported 751 coronavirus cases and three deaths Wednesday, has had 36,303 COVID-19 cases, including 12,100 that are active and 24,016 that are recoveries. The death toll stands at 187.

There were 158 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Wednesday, 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 counties, new data may not be reported every day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 5,658 cases (4,696 confirmed and 962 probable), 48 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 8,519 cases (7,427 confirmed and 1,092 probable), 111 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 11,961 cases (10,537 confirmed and 1,424 probable), 156 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 10,073 cases (8,908 confirmed and 1,165 probable), 145 deaths.

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