Tarrant County Reports 6 COVID-19 Deaths, 277 New Cases Thursday

County cases climb to more than 8,000 with 205 dead; nearly two dozen new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported Thursday

Nefty Gonzalez, NBC 5

Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 277 new COVID-19 cases Thursday along with the deaths of six more people infected with the virus, including three people from Keller, two from Arlington and another from Mansfield.

The latest victims include a man in his 80s, a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 90s, all from Keller, a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 80s, both from Arlington and a man in his 80s from Mansfield.

All had underlying health conditions.

The addition of the latest 277 cases brings the total number of cases since March to 8,099. Through Wednesday, the county had been averaging 163 new cases per day this week, which is just below last week's average of 169 cases per day. With Thursday's cases added, the average rose to 191 per day.

The six deaths bring the county's total to 205 fatalities associated with the virus. The county is also reporting 200 new recoveries for a total of 3,627 survivors.

Of the county's cases, 67% 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%.

As of Thursday, the county reported: 1,877 available hospital beds, 50 fewer than Wednesday and 282 fewer than on Tuesday; 450 available ventilators, 33 more than on Wednesday and 41 more than on Tuesday; of the 4,267 active cases, 283 of those people are hospitalized, 22 more than on Wednesday and 63 more than on Tuesday.

Last week county health director Vinny Taneja said Tarrant County is well under the hospital bed capacity limit that Gov. Greg Abbott has recommended across the state. Abbott, in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, said the state is currently able to meet the needs of all patients statewide and that Texas hospitals stand ready should they need to expand to surge capacity.

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