Tarrant County Reports 180 New COVID-19 Cases Wednesday, 1 Death

Total number of COVID-19 cases in Tarrant County reaches 7,822 with 199 deaths; county says 41 more people hospitalized with COVID-19 since Tuesday

Nefty Gonzalez, NBC 5

Tarrant County is reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday with one new death.

The latest victim is a man in his 90s from Fort Worth who had underlying health conditions.

The addition of the latest cases brings the total number of infections in the county to 7,822 with 199 total deaths.

The county is also reporting another 128 recoveries, bringing that total to 3,427, though they caution that recoveries are not a reportable condition, are not absolute and are to be used for reassurance purposes only. Based on county data, there are an estimated 4,324 active cases in the county.

Last week Tarrant County Public Health said the high number of cases being reported were due in part to a backlog. The country reported an average of 169 cases per day last week, though reports varied widely with cases climbing as high as 296 one day and dropping to 64 on another.

The county is averaging 163 new cases per day this week, which is just below last week's average.

Of the county's cases, 67% of those who have died were over the age of 65. Those aged 25 to 44 make up the largest percentage of people with COVID-19 at 38%.

As of Wednesday, the county reports: 1,927 available hospital beds, 232 fewer than on Tuesday; 417 available ventilators, eight more than on Tuesday; and that of the 4,145 active cases, 261 of those people are hospitalized, 41 more than on Tuesday.

On Friday, county health director Vinny Taneja said Tarrant County is well under the hospital bed capacity limit that Gov. Greg Abbott has recommended across the state. Abbott, in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, said the state is currently able to meet the needs of all patients statewide and that Texas hospitals stand ready should they need to expand to surge capacity.

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