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46 Deaths, 2,178 New Cases of COVID-19 in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton Counties Thursday

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Across the big four counties in North Texas Thursday there were 46 more COVID-19 deaths and another 2,178 new reported cases of the virus.

County-specific details for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties are below based on data reported Thursday, Feb. 25, by county officials, local health departments and the state health department.

Dallas County

Dallas County reported another 24 COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with 614 new cases of the virus. In the last seven days, the county has announced 3,059 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 437 per day, and 172 deaths, an average of 25 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 279,108 cases of the virus including 244,335 confirmed cases (PCR) and 34,773 probable cases (antigen). There have been 2,923 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 262,517 recoveries leaving 13,668 estimated active cases in the county.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County Public Health added another 13 COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with 758 new cases of the virus. In the last seven days, the county has announced 3,505 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 501 per day, and 129 deaths, an average of 18 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 240,416 cases of the virus including 204,750 confirmed cases (PCR) and 35,666 probable cases (antigen). There have been 2,818 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 219,208 recoveries leaving 18,390 estimated active cases in the county.

Denton County

Denton County Public Health reports an additional 556 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday with no new deaths. Of the new cases reported, DCPH confirmed 430 are active while 126 have already cleared recovery protocol.

Since March 2020, Denton County has reported a total of 63,122 cases of the virus including 48,310 confirmed cases (PCR) and 14,812 probable cases (antigen). There have been 398 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 50,671 recoveries leaving 12,053 estimated active cases in the county.

Collin County

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports nine new COVID-19 deaths in Collin County Thursday along with an additional 250 newly confirmed and probable cases of the virus.

Since March 2020, the DSHS has reported a total of 82,390 cases of the virus in Collin County including 69,453 confirmed cases (PCR) and 12,937 probable cases (antigen). There have been 712 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 68,303 recoveries leaving 13,375 estimated active cases in the county.

Want to Get on a Vaccine Waitlist?

County health departments have launched waitlists for adults 16 years old and over.

You can 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.

COVID-19 Vaccines

In Texas, the COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to anyone over the age of 12. The vaccines are still not approved for children younger than 12 however -- those trials are ongoing.

Once vaccinated, people who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are expected to get some level of protection within a couple of weeks after the first shot, but full protection may not happen until a couple of weeks after the second shot. For those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- there is only one shot needed. Even when fully vaccinated, it's still possible to become infected by the virus since none of the vaccines offer 100% protection from infection. With that in mind, even if you've been vaccinated it's still a good idea to wear a mask and keep some separation between strangers or those whose vaccination status is unclear.

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