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Dallas County Adds 40 New COVID-19 Deaths Friday, Adds 845 New Cases

The total of confirmed and probable cases in the county is more than 272,000 in Dallas County since March 2020

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Dallas County is reporting another 40 COVID-19 deaths Friday along with another 845 new cases of the virus. Meanwhile, hospitalizations in the county continue to drop.

Of the cases reported Friday, the county said 540 were confirmed cases and 305 were probable (antigen test) cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county from March 2020 to 239,314 and the number of probable (antigen test) cases to 33,347. The total of confirmed and probable cases in the county is now 272,661. Over the last seven reporting days, Dallas County officials have announced 7,350 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus for an average of 1,050 per day.

In both Dallas County and TSA-E, the trauma service area that encompasses North Texas, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been trending downward for more than two weeks. Dallas County reported 686 patients in acute care for COVID-19 on Friday, a drop of 64 compared to the previous day.

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 40 deaths added Friday, there have now been 2,604 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 Dallas. He 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 Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 40s who was a resident of Duncanville. He 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 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 Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Desoto. He died in an area hospital Emergency Department and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of Mesquite. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident 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 Lancaster. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of Rowlett. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of Grand Prairie. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of Garland. He died at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of Dallas. She died at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of Dallas. He died in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of Mesquite. She died in the facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of Rowlett. 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 Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of Mesquite. She died at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of Garland. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of Lancaster. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of Cedar Hill. 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 Grand Prairie. She died in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of Mesquite. 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 a long-term care facility in the City of Garland. She died in the facility.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Desoto. He died in an area hospital Emergency Department and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident 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 a long-term care facility in the City of Lancaster. She died in the facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of Garland. He died at home.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident 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 Mesquite. She had been critically ill in an area hospital 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 Richardson. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of Dallas. She had been hospitalized 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 Mesquite. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital 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 Mesquite. She died in the facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of Garland. He died at home.

“While the number of cases reported today is lower, we are sadly once again reporting a high number of deaths. These deaths are a stark reminder of the ongoing impact COVID is having on our community," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. "While hospitalizations remain elevated, they have dropped from record highs. These numbers are encouraging, but this virus continues to present new challenges with threats from the variants and maintained high community spread across much of the United States, including North Texas."

As we head into this wintry weekend, we must keep safe from the elements, but also be aware of COVID. Please avoid indoor activities with individuals outside of your immediate household. If you are able, please stay home and stay safe this weekend,” said Jenkins.

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 Monday due to inclement weather. The winter weather may necessitate further closures.

This week, FEMA announced the Fair Park location, along with AT&T Stadium in Arlington, 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.

Jenkins said Thursday the county has administered 43,305 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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