COVID-19 Tracker: What We Know About the Virus in DFW and Around Texas

Data below shows cases across North Texas and how COVID-19 is moving through various communities

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in North Texas in mid-March, NBC 5 has been tracking every new case, death and recovery reported by the local and state health departments.

Data obtained from those reports is represented below in several ways below to show the number of cases in each city, where available, and how those cases have grown over time.

Resource: Your Guide to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Texas COVID-19 Positivity Rate, Testing, Hospitalized Patients, R-Value

As more testing is done across the state, raw numbers of positive tests will continue to climb. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the positivity rate is one of the metrics they rely on to determine the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus because it will show the daily percentage of those tests that are positive. In early to mid-April, the positivity rate averaged more than 10%. As the rate dropped, Abbott moved forward with his Open Texas plan to allow some businesses in the state to resume operations. Beginning June 23, the rate climbed above 10% -- the threshold Abbott said would be cause for alarm and remained there until early September when it finally dropped back below 10%. The state later added two other positivity indexes, renaming the original the Reported Date and adding positivity indexes based on the date the sample was collected and on the date the lab confirmed the sample.

See Case, Death Counts for North Texas, All 32 Counties

The bar graph below shows a daily breakdown for the cumulative number of new COVID-19 cases for all 32 counties in North Texas. Use the drop-down menu to change the graph to show the daily total of deaths for all 32 counties or to select either deaths or cases for any of the counties.

See Cases, Deaths and Recoveries for Cities in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties

In the chart below, you can see the line of cases, deaths and recoveries since late March. Dallas County data appears to plateau every few days because the county only releases city-level data on Tuesdays and Fridays; Collin County switched to DSHS reporting late in the summer and the state health department does not provide city-level data at all -- so since that time Collin County's numbers have been categorized as "unspecified."

Tracking COVID-19 Cases in North Texas Counties

NBC 5 is tracking the number of COVID-19 related cases, recoveries and deaths in North Texas counties. Choose a county and click on a city or town to see how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting your area.

Cases are cumulative by day and are subject to change, dependent on each county health department's reporting schedule and methodology. Data may be reported county-wide, by city or town, or not at all. Cases, recoveries and death counts in 'unspecified' categories are used as placeholders and reassigned by their respective counties at a later date.

Data: County Health Departments, NBC 5 Staff
Nina Lin/NBC

Compare Cases Across Any Four Texas Counties

Use the graph below to compare cases in North Texas counties. You can also use the map below to explore the North Texas area to see how many confirmed cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in each city. Clicking on on a red circle will show the cases for that area as well as the number of deaths associated with the infection. Data in this map is generally updated several times a day.

Texas COVID-19 Case Trends

NBC 5 is tracking the number of COVID-19 related cases in all Texas counties. Choose up to four counties to see

Cases are cumulative by day and are subject to change, dependent on each county health department's reporting schedule and methodology.
Data for Aug. 1 is unavailable due to the state switching systems on that date.

Data: County Health Departments, NBC 5 Staff
Nina Lin/NBC

*Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not meant to indicate where actual infected people live.

**County totals below include all 32 North Texas counties, not just Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Across Texas

We have also been gathering data from across the state, to show how the pandemic has spread not only across Dallas-Fort Worth but across the state of Texas as well. That data can also show

White House Reopening Guidelines Leave Room for Interpretation

For states considering lifting quarantine measures, the official guidelines propose either a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases within two weeks or a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests.

As shown below, when you compare yesterday’s new case count with that of two weeks ago, the number is often lower, simply because the counts fluctuate. The criteria has been criticized by some for being vague, creating the opportunity for any governor to argue the numbers are favorable enough to start reopening.

Source: The COVID Tracking Project
Credit: Amy O’Kruk/NBC

Coronavirus Deaths in Your City and State — and Across the US

These charts use daily coronavirus death data from Johns Hopkins University to show the seven-day moving average of deaths at the city, state and country level.

The impact of coronavirus varies enormously in the United States from one place to another.

Source: Johns Hopkins University.
Credit: Visuals by Amy O’Kruk/NBC, data analysis by Ron Campbell/NBC

Click on the red circles in the map below to see county-specific information on population, cases per 10,000 residents as well as the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths. Data in this map is updated once per day.

Case data pulled from a variety of sources including county health departments and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

How Coronavirus Has Grown in Each State — in 1 Chart

New York has quickly become the epicenter of the American coronavirus outbreak. This chart shows the cumulative number of cases per state by number of days since the 10th case.

Source: The COVID Tracking Project
Credit: Amy O’Kruk/NBC

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Worldwide

The data in the map below shows the impact of the virus from a worldwide perspective. Clicking on a circle below will show you the total case count and number of deaths attributed to the virus for each country.

For the latest information, check out the CDC's website, as well as the World Health Organization's site. State and city governments are also sharing phone numbers for local hotlines and other resources. Follow all of our coronavirus coverage here.

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