Tarrant County

Tarrant County Reports 1,862 COVID-19 Cases, 16 Deaths Saturday

Nefty Gonzalez, NBC 5

Tarrant County Public Health on Saturday reported 1,862 additional cases of COVID-19 with 16 new deaths.

Data from the county health department indicates that of the additional cases reported Saturday, 1,560 cases are confirmed while the other 302 are probable.

The county reported 16 more deaths Saturday, bringing the total deaths related to the coronavirus in Tarrant County to 2,176. 

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The victims included a woman from Watauga who was over 90, a woman from Fort Worth who was over 90, a Fort Worth man in his 80s, a Mansfield woman in her 80s, a Haltom City man in his 70s, a Euless woman in her 70s, a Saginaw man in his 70s, a Hurst woman in her 70s, a North Richland Hills man in his 70s, three women and a man from Fort Worth in their 60s, a Arlington woman in her 50s, a North Richland Hills woman in her 50s, and a Fort Worth man in his 40s.

All had underlying health conditions, according to the health department.

The county began reporting both probable and confirmed cases in August at the request of the state health department. Probable cases, the county said, account for a variety of real-world situations and could highlight cases in the community that may otherwise go unreported. To date, the county has reported 187,038 confirmed cases of the virus and 29,872 probable cases for a total of 216,910 cases.

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.

The county is also reporting another 2,211 estimated recoveries, bringing the total number of survivors to 166,373. 

The Tarrant County Public Health Department confirms hospital ICUs in the county are at 96% as of Friday. 

According to the health department’s COVID-19 dashboard, there are 1,177 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals. They make up 22% of people in hospital beds. The total bed occupancy rate for all hospital beds in the county is now at 89%.

Of the county's cases, 73% 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 35%.

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