Across the largest four counties in North Texas on Saturday there were 53 more reported COVID-19 deaths and another 1,083 new reported cases of the virus. Meanwhile, the percentage of people hospitalized for COVID-19 continues to drop and is now at 6.94% in TSA-E.
County-specific details for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties are below based on data reported Saturday, March 6, by county officials, local health departments and the state health department.
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Dallas County reported another 25 COVID-19 deaths Saturday along with 372 new cases of the virus. In the last seven days, the county has announced 3,606 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 515 per day, and 171 deaths, an average of 24 deaths per day.
Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 284,010 cases of the virus including 247,550 confirmed cases (PCR) and 36,460 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,122 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 269,630 recoveries leaving 11,258 estimated active cases in the county.
Tarrant County Public Health added another 28 COVID-19 deaths Saturday along with 325 new cases of the virus. In the last seven days, the county has announced 3,304 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 472 per day, and 141 deaths, an average of 28 deaths per day.
Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 244,957 cases of the virus including 207,906 confirmed cases (PCR) and 37,051 probable cases (antigen). There have been 2,995 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 230,361 recoveries leaving 11,601 estimated active cases in the county.
Denton County Public Health reports an additional 316 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Of the new cases reported, DCPH confirmed 311 are active while five have already cleared recovery protocol.
Since March 2020, Denton County has reported a total of 67,158 cases of the virus including 50,534 confirmed cases (PCR) and 16,624 probable cases (antigen). There have been 425 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 55,129 recoveries leaving 11,604 estimated active cases in the county.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports five new COVID-19 deaths in Collin County on Saturday along with 70 new cases of the virus including 42 confirmed (PCR) new cases and 28 probable (antigen) cases. The state also added 13,221 recoveries.
Since March 2020, the DSHS has reported a total of 83,890 cases of the virus in Collin County including 70,302 confirmed cases (PCR) and 13,588 probable cases (antigen). There have been 749 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 82,136 recoveries leaving 1,005 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:
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.