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26 Deaths, 1,789 New COVID-19 Cases Added Thursday in Tarrant County; ICUs at 96%

Cases top 201,000 in Tarrant County with 1,953 dead since early March; an estimated 146,049 people have recovered from the virus

Nefty Gonzalez, NBC 5

Tarrant County Public Health added more than two dozen additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with nearly 1,800 more cases of the virus.

Details about the latest 26 victims of the virus included a woman from Bedford who exceeded 90, a man from Keller who had exceeded 90, a man and woman from Arlington who exceeded 90, a man from Hurst who exceeded 90, a woman from Bedford in her 80s, a woman from Mansfield in her 80s, a man and woman from Arlington in their 80s, a woman from Richland Hills in her 80s a man from unincorporated Tarrant County in his 80s, two women from Fort Worth in their 70s, a man from Bedford in his 70s, a man and woman from Arlington in their 70s, five men and a woman from Fort Worth in their 60s, a man from Colleyville in his 60s, a man from Arlington in his 60s, a man from Fort Worth in his 50s, a man from Bedford in his 40s. Two had unknown underlying conditions and the remainder had underlying health conditions.

Tarrant County Public Health said there were 1,429 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals through Wednesday and that the 7-day average for COVID-19 patients was at 1,452. The number of hospitalized patients remains down from the high of 1,528 patients reached Jan. 6 and is the lowest it's been in three weeks.

Tarrant County is also reporting Thursday that total hospital occupancy in county hospitals is at 88% while ICU occupancy is at 96% through Wednesday. Beds occupied by COVID-19 patients account for 27% of all patients in Tarrant County and for 23.32% of all patients in TSA-E.

In the last seven days, the county has announced 15,797 new and probable cases of the virus or an average of 2,257 per day. Data from the county health department indicated there were 1,527 more confirmed cases than the most recent report and 262 more probable cases. To date, the county has reported 174,298 confirmed cases of the virus and 27,012 probable cases for a total of 201,310 cases.

On Wednesday the county said they and the Arlington Fire Department hub vaccine locations have administered 47,754 vaccinations through Tuesday. Updated vaccination numbers are expected weekly.

Want to Get on a Vaccine Waitlist?

As the state begins to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines for those in Phase 1A and 1B, county health departments have begun waitlists for those wish to be inoculated.

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

Waitlist Links: Collin - Search Waitlist | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant

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.

The county is also reporting another 2,318 estimated recoveries, bringing the total number of survivors to 146,049.

There are currently an estimated 53,308 active cases of the virus and 1,953 deaths from the virus in the county since March 2020, the most of any North Texas county for both categories.

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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