Tarrant County Reports 2 Deaths, 160 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Thursday

County cases top 42,200 with 562 dead and more than 36,800 recovered since early March

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Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 160 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday with two more deaths.

The county reported 227 additional cases Thursday, 160 are confirmed while the other 67 are probable cases. It's not clear if any of the 160 confirmed cases are from the Department of State Health Services backlog.

The county began reporting both probable and confirmed cases earlier this month 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 39,819 confirmed cases of the virus and 2,478 probable cases for a total of 42,297 cases.

The deceased Thursday include a woman from Fort Worth in her 80s and a man from Fort Worth in his 60s. Both had underlying health conditions.

The county is also reporting another 335 new estimated recoveries, bringing the total number of survivors to 36,807. There are currently an estimated 4,928 active cases in the county.

Of the county's cases, 71% 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%.

The health department reports 239 COVID-19 patients are currently occupying hospital beds in the county -- about 4% of capacity. A month ago, on Aug. 3 COVID-19 patients occupied about 11% of Tarrant County hospital beds.

With the recent changes to their reporting system, Tarrant County Public Health said changes have also been made to their online dashboard, most notably to the Case Counts tab and Cases by Location tab. The Case Counts tab now includes cases reported by week, including both probable and confirmed, while the Cases by Location tab includes a map showing the 30-day average infection rate by ZIP code.

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