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Tarrant County Reports 4 Deaths, 282 Additional COVID-19 Cases Friday

County cases top 46,100 with 620 dead and more than 40,500 recovered since early March

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Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 282 new cases of COVID-19 Friday with four more deaths.

Of the 282 additional cases reported Friday, 239 are confirmed while the other 43 are probable cases. The county has not said whether any of the 239 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 43,055 confirmed cases of the virus and 3,095 probable cases for a total of 46,150 cases.

The deceased Friday include a man from Hurst in his 80s, three women from Fort Worth, one in her 80s, one in her 70s and one in her 60s. All had underlying health conditions.

The county is also reporting another 245 estimated recoveries, bringing the total number of survivors to 40,575. There are currently an estimated 4,955 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 232 COVID-19 patients are currently occupying hospital beds in the county -- about 4% of capacity. A month ago, on Aug. 18 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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