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Tarrant County Reports 4 Deaths, 171 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Wednesday

County cases top 42,000 with 560 dead and more than 36,400 recovered since early March

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Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 171 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday with four more deaths.

The county reported 210 cases Wednesday, 171 are confirmed while the other 39 are probable cases. It's not clear if any of the 171 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 39,659 confirmed cases of the virus and 2,411 probable cases for a total of 42,070 cases.

The deceased Wednesday include a woman from Hurst who had exceeded 100, a man from Fort Worth in his 70s, a man from Fort Worth in his 40s, and a woman from Fort Worth in her 40s. All had underlying health conditions.

The county is also reporting another 313 new estimated recoveries, bringing the total number of survivors to 36,472. There are currently an estimated 5,038 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 241 COVID-19 patients are currently occupying hospital beds in the county -- about 4% of capacity. A month ago, on Aug. 2 COVID-19 patients occupied about 10% 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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