Dallas County

Dallas County Adds 25 New COVID-19 Deaths Saturday, 333 More Positive Cases

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins warned the number of new cases were "artificially low" to reporting delays related to the last week's winter storm

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Dallas County is reporting another 25 COVID-19 deaths Saturday along with another 333 new cases of the virus, a lower number, county officials say, driven by lower testing and reporting delays due to winter storms.

Of the cases reported Saturday, the county said 255 were confirmed cases and 78 were probable (antigen test) cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county from March 2020 to 242,541 and the number of probable (antigen test) cases to 34,131. The total of confirmed and probable cases in the county is now 276,672. Over the last seven reporting days, Dallas County officials have announced 3,132 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus for an average of 447 per day.

"We do believe the case numbers are declining and we are seeing the lowest numbers in our hospitals since early November," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. "It's important that we all continue to focus on wearing our masks, maintaining physical distance, washing our hands, avoiding crowds, and foregoing get-togethers for a little longer."

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.

With the 25 deaths added Saturday, there have now been 2,816 deaths in the county attributed to the virus since March 2020. The latest victims announced included people whose ages ranged from their 30s to their 90s.

  • A man in his 30s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 40s who was a resident of the city of Desoto. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of the city of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the city of Garland. He expired in a hospital emergency department and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s wo was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Richardson. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the city of Addison. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the city of Duncanville. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas. He expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas. She expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas. She expired in a hospital Emergency Department and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

COVID-19 VACCINE EFFORTS

Dallas County currently operates a large-scale vaccination hub at Fair Park where they can vaccinate up to 2,000 people per day. The vaccination center does not accept walk-ups and you must have an appointment to get vaccinated. Register for an appointment at the link below.

The Fair Park vaccine hub is closed through Sunday due to inclement weather.

Jenkins said the metroplex was close to 200,000 shots behind in vaccinations due to this week's winter weather.

"These are incredibly tough times with the grid collapse, the damage to or water system, broken pipes, and now electric companies who were not properly regulated poised to charge thousands and thousands of dollars to hurting Texas families," Jenkins said. "My team and I will continue to do all that we can to help with both COVID and the latest crisis. I encourage you all to continue helping one another and focusing on the good. Don't let this get you down. We will get through this together."

FEMA announced last week the Fair Park location, along with AT&T Stadium in Arlington and NRG Stadium in Houston, would soon be mass vaccination hubs where more than 10,000 people per day could receive the vaccine. Those hubs are expected to be open by Feb. 24. It's not clear if the winter storm will delay that opening.

Jenkins said the county has administered 43,823 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the county's Fair Park vaccine hub since it opened on Jan. 11.

The judge reiterated that those who have received their first shot of the vaccine do not need to make an appointment for their second dose -- the date of the second appointment, he said, is on the back of the vaccination card received when the first dose was administered.

"As individuals are vaccinated, it’s critical that we don’t let up our guard and that we continue using those personal protective measures until we reach herd immunity to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Once you receive the vaccine, you still need to wear your mask, wash your hands, stay at least six feet away from others, and avoid crowds," Jenkins said.

COVID-19 Vaccines

In Texas, the COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to anyone over the age of 12. The vaccines are still not approved for children younger than 12 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.

Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows where COVID-19 vaccines have been sent around the state. Click on a marker to find out information about each location. Use the "plus" and "minus" signs below to zoom in and out of the map.

From the Texas DSHS: Availability of COVID-19 vaccines lilsted on this map are based on shipping information and reporting to the DSHS directly by facilities. Please contact providers in advance to confirm vaccination location and hours, that they have vaccine on hand and that you are eligible for vaccination at that site. Not all providers are vaccinating the public or people in all priority groups. Vaccine is available at no charge, regardless of insurance status.

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