The Texas Department of State Health Services reports a record 16 COVID-19 deaths in Collin County Thursday along with an additional 479 newly confirmed cases of the virus.
Collin County Health Care Services reported 530 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county on Thursday, the same number of patients reported on Wednesday.
It is not known how many of those patients are in ICUs as Collin County Health Care Services only reports a single number of COVID-19 patients on their website.
According to the most recent data from the DSHS, Collin County has 56,978 confirmed cases of the virus since March with 52,282 estimated recoveries; the county has an estimated 4,190 known active cases with 506 deaths attributed to the virus since March 2020.
The state health department does not release any details about those who have died after contracting the virus.
Collin County Health Care Services, which in August expressed concern over the accuracy of data being provided by the state health department, discontinued publishing information about case counts, recoveries and deaths in November following a vote of the Collin County Commissioners Court and only publishes information regarding hospitalizations.
In a statement on their website, the county said, "Collin County will continue to report hospitalization data, as that information comes from daily polls of local hospitals reporting COVID-19 patients in their facilities."
As of Jan. 21, CCHCS reported 530 out of 2,702 beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients in Collin County hospitals, which represents 19.62% of all hospitalized patients.
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:
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.