Across the largest four counties in North Texas Tuesday there were 46 more reported COVID-19 deaths and another 1,287 new reported cases of the virus. The percentage of people hospitalized in TSA-E with COVID-19 has dropped for eight days straight to 6.49% and has been trending downward since mid-January.
County-specific details for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties are below based on data reported Tuesday, March 9, by county officials, local health departments and the state health department.
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Dallas County reported another 31 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday along with 425 new cases of the virus. In the last seven days, the county has announced 3,254 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 464 per day, and 162 deaths, an average of 23 deaths per day.
Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 284,935 cases of the virus including 248,225 confirmed cases (PCR) and 36,710 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,180 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 271,137 recoveries leaving 10,618 estimated active cases in the county.
Tarrant County Public Health added another seven COVID-19 deaths Tuesday along with 244 new cases of the virus. In the last seven days, the county has announced 2,562 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 366 per day, and 131 deaths, an average of 19 deaths per day.
Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 245,629 cases of the virus including 208,299 confirmed cases (PCR) and 37,330 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,028 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 232,733 recoveries leaving 9,868 estimated active cases in the county.
Denton County Public Health reports an additional 460 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday with six new deaths. Of the new cases reported, DCPH confirmed 440 are active while 20 have already cleared recovery protocol.
Since March 2020, Denton County has reported a total of 68,236 cases of the virus including 51,108 confirmed cases (PCR) and 17,128 probable cases (antigen). There have been 431 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 56,880 recoveries leaving 10,925 estimated active cases in the county.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 158 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday including 95 confirmed (PCR) new cases and 63 probable (antigen) cases. The state also added 233 recoveries.
Since March 2020, the DSHS has reported a total of 84,309 cases of the virus in Collin County including 70,619 confirmed cases (PCR) and 13,690 probable cases (antigen). There have been 751 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 82,978 recoveries leaving 580 estimated active cases in the county.
Over the weekend, the state added more than 13,000 estimated recoveries to Collin County's total, greatly reducing the number of estimated active cases. The estimated active number of cases reported above differs from the DSHS number; the DSHS said they calculate the number without taking deaths into consideration and by considering cases reported in the last two weeks. The number of active cases we're reporting (580) is calculated by taking the number of cases reported by the DSHS and subtracting the number of deaths and estimated recoveries also reported by the DSHS.
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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.