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COVID-19 Report: 1,011 Cases, 36 Deaths Announced Tuesday; Statewide Hospitalizations Creep Up

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 Tuesday there were 36 more reported COVID-19 deaths and another 1,011 new reported cases of the virus.

Statewide, there were 4,279 new cases of the virus reported Tuesday (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 27 more deaths through March 15. The percentage of people hospitalized in TSA-E with COVID-19 is at 5.36%, a slight decrease of .03%. Statewide hospitalizations increased from 3,980 to 3,999.

County-specific details for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties are below based on data reported Tuesday, March 16, by county officials, local health departments and the state health department.

Dallas County

Dallas County reported another 11 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday along with 311 new cases of the virus.

In the last seven days, Dallas County has announced 2,301 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 329 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 419 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Dallas County has also announced 140 deaths, an average of 20 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 22 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 287,236 cases of the virus including 249,846 confirmed cases (PCR) and 37,390 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,320 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 275,667 recoveries leaving 8,249 estimated active cases in the county.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported another six COVID-19 deaths Tuesday along with 230 new cases of the virus.

In the last seven days, Tarrant County has announced 2,150 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 307 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 336 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Tarrant County has also announced 110 deaths, an average of 16 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 17 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 247,779 cases of the virus including 209,799 confirmed cases (PCR) and 37,980 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,138 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 236,940 recoveries leaving 7,701 estimated active cases in the county.

Denton County

Denton County reported 341 new cases of the COVID-19 virus Tuesday and 16 new deaths. Of the new cases, 300 are active while 41 have already cleared recovery protocol.

In the last seven days, Denton County has announced 2,107 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 301 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 394 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Denton County has also announced 16 deaths, an average of 2.2 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 1.4 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 70,343 cases of the virus including 52,335 confirmed cases (PCR) and 18,008 probable cases (antigen). There have been 447 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 60,248 recoveries leaving 9,648 estimated active cases in the county.

Collin County

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 133 new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Collin County Tuesday along with three new deaths.

In the last seven days, the DSHS has announced 1,006 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 144 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 170 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, the DSHS has also announced 19 deaths in Collin County, an average of 2.7 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 3.1 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the DSHS has reported a total of 85,315 cases of the virus in the county including 71,269 confirmed cases (PCR) and 14,046 probable cases (antigen). There have been 770 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 84,174 recoveries leaving 371 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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