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11 Deaths, 470 New COVID-19 Cases Added Wednesday in Tarrant County; ICUs at 95%

Cases top 239,000 in Tarrant County with 2,805 dead since early March; an estimated 217,603 people have recovered from the virus

Nefty Gonzalez, NBC 5

Tarrant County Public Health added another 11 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday along with 470 new cases of the virus. Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients, meanwhile, are down to 11% though ICUs are 95% occupied.

The latest victims include a woman from Fort Worth who exceeded 90, a woman from Hurst who exceeded 90, a woman from Watauga in her 80s, a man from Haltom City in his 70s, a man from Arlington in his 70s, a man from Keller in his 60s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 60s, a woman from Arlington in her 60s, a man from Fort Worth in his 50s, and two women from Arlington in their 50s. All had underlying health conditions.

The county has reported 134 deaths in the last seven days for an average of 19 deaths per day; since March 2020, the county has reported 2,805 COVID-19 deaths.

Tarrant County is also reporting Wednesday that total hospital occupancy in county hospitals is at 86% while ICU is at 95% through Tuesday. Beds occupied by COVID-19 patients account for 11% of all patients in Tarrant County and for 11.31% of all patients in TSA-E.

Tarrant County Public Health said there were 570 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals through Tuesday, nearly 70 fewer than Tuesday, and that the 7-day average for COVID-19 patients was at 671. The number of hospitalized patients remains down from the high of 1,528 patients reached Jan. 6.

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You can register to recieve the vaccination in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. Links are below:

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You do not need to be a resident of the county to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in that county -- registration is open to anyone in Texas. For those without internet access, Tarrant County is also taking registrations by phone at 817-248-6299. In Dallas County, call the DCHHS vaccine hotline at 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). In Denton County, call 940-349-2585.

For a more detailed breakdown of who is included in each priority group in Texas, see this page from the Texas DSHS.

In the last seven days, the county has announced 3,197 new and probable cases of the virus or an average of 456 per day. Data from the county health department indicated there were 314 more confirmed cases Wednesday than the most recent report and 156 more probable cases. To date, the county has reported 204,263 confirmed cases of the virus and 35,395 probable cases for a total of 239,658 cases. There are currently an estimated 19,250 active cases of the virus.

The county is also reporting another 1,782 estimated recoveries, bringing the total number of survivors to 217,603.

TCPH said Thursday, Feb. 18 that 291,112 doses of the vaccine had been administered in Tarrant County including 273,962 (94%) to Tarrant County residents and 17,150 (6%) to residents of other counties. TCPH said approximately 10% of the Tarrant County population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and that 4% have received two doses. Vaccine numbers are typically updated weekly on Mondays.

Tarrant County, which has extended its mask mandate until Feb. 28, 2021, began reporting both probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in August 2020 at the request of the state health department. Probable cases, the county said, account for a variety of real-world situations and could highlight cases in the community that may otherwise go unreported.

COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness with cough, fever and shortness of breath and may lead to bronchitis, severe pneumonia or even death. For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com or call the Tarrant County Public Health information line, 817-248-6299, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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