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COVID-19 Report: Another Drop in Local COVID-19 Cases Thursday, Statewide Hospitalizations Fall Again

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 40 reported COVID-19 deaths and 782 new reported cases of the virus.

Statewide, there Department of State Health Services reported 3,757 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 198 more deaths through March 18. The percentage of people hospitalized in TSA-E with COVID-19 is at 4.7% a decrease of .37% from yesterday. Statewide hospitalizations decreased from 3,915 to 3,846.

County-specific details for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties are below based on data reported Thursday, March 18, by county officials, local health departments and the state health department.

Dallas County

Dallas County reported another 20 COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with 190 new cases of the virus.

In the last seven days, Dallas County has announced 1,958 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 278 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 349 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Dallas County has also announced 114 deaths, an average of 16 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 25 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 287,641 cases of the virus including 250,149 confirmed cases (PCR) and 37,492 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,350 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 276,980 recoveries leaving 7,311 estimated active cases in the county.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported another 13 COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with 215 new cases of the virus.

In the last seven days, Tarrant County has announced 1,807 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 258 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 314 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Tarrant County has also announced 122 deaths, an average of 17 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 15 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 248,317 cases of the virus including 210,158 confirmed cases (PCR) and 38,159 probable cases (antigen). There have been 3,160 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 237,427 recoveries leaving 7,730 estimated active cases in the county.

Denton County

Denton County reported 192 new cases of the COVID-19 virus Thursday and six new deaths. Of the new cases, 177 are active while 15 have already cleared recovery protocol.

In the last seven days, Denton County has announced 1,464 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 209 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 399 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, Denton County has also announced 22 deaths, an average of three deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of .9 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the county has reported a total of 70,771 cases of the virus including 52,665 confirmed cases (PCR) and 18,106 probable cases (antigen). There have been 453 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 61,047 recoveries leaving 9,271 estimated active cases in the county.

Collin County

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 185 new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Collin County Thursday along with one new death.

In the last seven days, the DSHS has announced 782 new and probable cases of the virus, an average of 112 per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 146 new cases per day.

In the last seven days, the DSHS has also announced 16 deaths in Collin County, an average of 2.3 deaths per day. One week ago, the county was reporting an average of 2.7 deaths per day.

Since March 2020, the DSHS has reported a total of 85,511 cases of the virus in the county including 71,371 confirmed cases (PCR) and 14,140 probable cases (antigen). There have been 774 deaths attributed to the virus; there are currently an estimated 84,512 recoveries leaving 225 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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