Tarrant County Reports 3 Deaths, 436 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday

County cases top 45,100 with 608 dead and more than 39,600 recovered since early March

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Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 436 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday with three more deaths.

Of the 436 additional cases reported Tuesday, 385 are confirmed while the other 51 are probable cases. The county has not said whether any of the 385 confirmed cases are from the Department of State Health Services backlog.

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 42,208 confirmed cases of the virus and 2,955 probable cases for a total of 45,163 cases.

The deceased Tuesday include one person each from Fort Worth, Hurst and unspecified Tarrant County.

The county is also reporting another 211 estimated recoveries, bringing the total number of survivors to 39,606. There are currently an estimated 4,949 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 37%.

The health department reports 238 COVID-19 patients are currently occupying hospital beds in the county -- about 4% of capacity. A month ago, on Aug. 15 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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