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Dallas County Adds 42 More COVID-19 Deaths Friday, Tops ‘Deadliest Week' With 1 Day To Go

The total of confirmed and probable cases in the county is more than 265,000 in Dallas County since March 2020

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Dallas County is reporting 1,424 new COVID-19 cases Friday along with another 41 reported deaths from the virus. With the latest fatalities, the county has reported 238 deaths over the last seven days, an average of 34 per day.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Friday that this week, Sunday to Saturday, has already been the deadliest week on record and that they have one more day of reporting to go.

"We knew January and February would be tough months as a result of holiday gatherings and high case numbers at the end of 2020. The good news is that those case numbers are coming down, hospitalizations are decreasing, and we are vaccinating thousands of more North Texans every day," Jenkins said.

Want to Get on a Vaccine Waitlist?

As the state begins to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines for those in Phase 1A and 1B, county health departments have begun waitlists for those wish to be inoculated.

You can now 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.

Of the cases reported Friday, the county said 1,153 were confirmed cases and 271 were probable (antigen test) cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county from March 2020 to 233,353 and the number of probable (antigen test) cases to 31,958. The total of confirmed and probable cases in the county is now 265,311. Over the last seven reporting days, Dallas County officials have announced 9,818 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus for an average of 1,403 per day.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been trending downward for more than two weeks. Last Friday, Jan. 29, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dallas County dropped below 1,000 -- the number reported Friday was 832 patients through Thursday.

With the 42 deaths added Friday, there have now been 2,397 deaths in the county attributed to the virus since March 2020. The latest victims announced Friday 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 man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of the City of Coppell. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He had been critically ill and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Desoto. He had been critically ill and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Rowlett. He had been critically ill and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. He died at home.
  • 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 woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She died at home 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 man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He died at home.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He died at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. He had been critically ill and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He died at home.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill 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 and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s 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 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Carrollton. He 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 hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been hospitalized and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. She died at home 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 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 died in the facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. She 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 a long-term care facility in the City of Sunnyvale. She died in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He died in a facility 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 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 and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the City of Rowlett. She had been hospitalized.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. She died in a facility and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Irving. He died in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Lancaster. He died in the facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 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 man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He 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 Richardson. She died 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 died in the facility and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. 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 Mesquite. He had been hospitalized.

COVID-19 VACCINE EFFORTS

In partnership with the state health department, Dallas County opened a large-scale vaccine hub at Fair Park in January where they planned to administer up to 2,000 vaccines per day for those in Phase 1A and 1B. 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 county is also planning on providing vaccines at two other locations in the county where they can administer an additional 1,000 vaccines per day.

On Tuesday, county officials said they planned to transition the Fair Park hub to a drive-through model that can administer up to 12,000 doses of the vaccine per day.

Jenkins said Friday the county has administered 37,243 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the county's Fair Park vaccine hub since it opened on Jan. 11. The county said they expect another 9,000 doses next week.

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.

The vaccine is currently only being administered to those who are part of Phase 1A and 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Those in Phase 1A are front-line healthcare workers or residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes those who are over the age of 65, or those over the age of 16 with a chronic medical condition that puts them at risk for severe illness.

On March 3, vaccine availability was expanded to include school and child care workers.

Once vaccinated, people 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. Even when fully vaccinated, it's still possible to become infected by the virus since the vaccine does not offer 100% protection.

The Texas DSHS advises that the vaccine will not be readily available for the general public until late spring or early summer 2021.

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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