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COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Cases Continue Dropping in DFW, Across Texas Thursday

Summary report of COVID-19 cases, deaths, estimated recoveries published daily for Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties

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Across the largest four counties in North Texas Thursday there were cumulatively 35 reported COVID-19 deaths and 800 new reported cases of the virus.

Statewide, there Department of State Health Services reported 3,206 confirmed and probable new cases of the virus Thursday (state case data is typically one day behind local health departments and the numbers reported in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin today will be reported by the state tomorrow) along with 118 more deaths through April 1. The percentage of people hospitalized in TSA-E with COVID-19 is at 3.31, a decrease of .94% from a week ago. Statewide hospitalizations also decreased over the last week from 3,415 to 2,954. In TSA-E, 542 people are hospitalized with the virus, a drop from 698 a week before.

County-specific details for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties are below based on data reported Thursday, April 1, by county officials, local health departments and the state health department.

Dallas County

Dallas County reported another 23 COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with 327 new cases of the virus.

In the last seven days, Dallas County has announced 2,095 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 299 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 258 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Dallas County has also announced 96 deaths, an average of 14 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 14 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 291,589 cases of the virus including 252,232 confirmed cases (PCR) and 39,357 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,550 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 282,218 recoveries leaving 5,821 estimated active cases in the county.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported another 10 COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with 237 new cases of the virus.

In the last seven days, Tarrant County has announced 1,285 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 184 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 188 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Tarrant County has also announced 60 deaths, an average of nine deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 11 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 251,106 cases of the virus including 211,915 confirmed cases (PCR) and 39,191 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,300 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 242,965 recoveries leaving 4,841 estimated active cases in the county.

Denton County

Denton County reported 96 new cases of the COVID-19 virus Thursday and no new deaths. Of the new cases, 84 are active while 12 have already cleared recovery protocol.

In the last seven days, Denton County has announced 588 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 84 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 86 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Denton County has also announced four deaths, an average of .57 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 1.3 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 71,976 cases of the virus including 53,380 confirmed cases (PCR) and 18,596 probable cases (antigen). There have been 466 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 65,477 recoveries leaving 6,033 estimated active cases in the county.

Collin County

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 141 new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Collin County Thursday along with two new deaths.

In the last seven days, the DSHS has announced 894 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 128 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 66 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, the DSHS has also announced 11 deaths in Collin County, an average of 1.57 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 1.43 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the DSHS has reported a total of 86,787 cases of the virus in the county including 72,042 confirmed cases (PCR) and 14,745 probable cases (antigen). There have been 797 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 85,780 recoveries leaving 210 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.

In Texas, the COVID-19 vaccines are currently is currently available to anyone over the age of 16, regardless of in which phase they had previously been grouped. President Biden said on April 6 the vaccine should be available to all Americans, in all states, by April 19.

The vaccines are still not approved for children 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.

Waitlists for vaccinations have been established in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties -- links to sign up are here and below.

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