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Dallas County Adds 45 New COVID-19 Deaths Thursday, Adds 1,020 New Cases

The total of confirmed and probable cases in the county is more than 271,000 in Dallas County since March 2020

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Dallas County is reporting another 45 COVID-19 deaths Thursday along with another 1,020 new cases of the virus. Meanwhile, hospitalizations in the county continue to drop.

Of the cases reported Thursday, the county said 831 were confirmed cases and 189 were probable (antigen test) cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county from March 2020 to 238,774 and the number of probable (antigen test) cases to 33,042. The total of confirmed and probable cases in the county is now 271,816. Over the last seven reporting days, Dallas County officials have announced 7,929 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus for an average of 1,133 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 750 patients in acute care for COVID-19 on Thursday, a drop of 11 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 45 deaths added Thursday, there have now been 2,564 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 Mesquite. He died at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40s 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 40s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. 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 the City of Dallas. 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 the City of Dallas. 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 the City of Dallas. 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 the City of Dallas. He died in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s 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 Grand Prairie. She died in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. 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 the City of Dallas. 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 the City of Lancaster. 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 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 Rowlett. She died in hospice 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 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 man in his 70s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. He died at home.
  • 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 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 Duncanville. 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 Mesquite. 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 man in 70s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. He died in hospice 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 Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of the City of Carrollton. 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 Lancaster. She died at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. She had been hospitalized 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 Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Wilmer. He died at home 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 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. She had been hospitalized 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 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 a long-term care facility in the City of Richardson. He died in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He died in hospice 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 Dallas. 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 Mesquite. 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 hospitalized 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 Desoto. He died in a facility.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized.
  • 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 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 died in the facility.
  • A man in his 90s 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.

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.

"Our vaccine distribution this week has been hampered by logistical delays and now the weather. Please know that if you are seeking your second dose, we will get you that second dose as soon as possible," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Jenkins asked those awaiting vaccine shots to please stay aware of the weather and recognize that vaccine clinics may be canceled due to unsafe conditions.

"Please stay tuned to social media and the bottom scroll of your television for updates on when our vaccine operations will run during these upcoming ice and snowstorms. We will not be able to run vaccine operations if it is not safe for our patients to travel to the vaccine site but will run the vaccine operation when the weather permits," Jenkins said.

Last week, 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 Thursday the county has administered 43,281 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the county's Fair Park vaccine hub since it opened on Jan. 11. The county said the remainder of this week's allocation will be for second doses.

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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