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

Data below shows cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and estimated recoveries across North Texas and how COVID-19 continues to move through various communities in the Lone Star State

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in North Texas in mid-March of 2020, 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 to show how the virus has impacted not only North Texas but the state as a whole. The charts and graphs below show a number of key metrics useful in the battle against the virus.

For much of the time since the pandemic began, we published daily articles on the cases, deaths, and recoveries by county. In March 2021, as cases and hospitalizations began to trend downward, we condensed those reports into a single daily report. In April 2021 that report was again condensed to a weekly recap before finally being retired. Articles and reports on new cases or trends are now published as needed, independent of a schedule.

The data powering the charts below continues to be updated every day (except on holidays) with data pulled from a variety of sources including the Texas Department of State Health Services, local county health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins CSSE.

COVID-19 Weekly Case Averages

COVID-19 Vaccines

In Texas, the COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to anyone over the age of 5. The vaccines are still not approved for children younger than 5 however -- those trials are ongoing.

Once vaccinated, people who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are expected to get some level of protection within a couple of weeks after the first shot, but full protection may not happen until a couple of weeks after the second shot. For those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- there is only one shot needed.

As of Jan. 3, 2022, it is also recommended those who are age 12 and up and who have been fully vaccinated receive a booster as early as five months after their last dose, for a total of three shots. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech is the only U.S. option for children of any age.

As for even younger children, kid-size doses for 5- to 11-year-olds rolled out in November and experts said healthy youngsters should be protected after their second dose for a while. But the FDA also said on Jan. 3, 2022, that if children that young have severely weakened immune systems, they will be allowed a third dose 28 days after their second. That’s the same third-dose timing already recommended for immune-compromised teens and adults.

Pfizer is studying its vaccine, in even smaller doses, for children younger than 5.

Even when fully vaccinated, it's still possible to become infected by the virus since none of the vaccines offer 100% protection from infection. With that in mind, even if you've been vaccinated it's still a good idea to wear a mask and keep some separation between strangers or those whose vaccination status is unclear.

Hospitalizations in Metro Areas, Statewide

The two charts below show hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 since May 31, 2020.

The first chart shows hospitalizations by metro area, according to Trauma Service Areas, with DFW in blue, Houston in red, San Antonio in gold, El Paso in green, and Austin in orange.

The second chart shows the statewide total for all TSAs. More information about TSAs can be found further down this page.

Texas COVID-19 Positivity Rate, Testing

In the early days of the pandemic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the positivity rate is one of the metrics he relied on to determine the spread of COVID-19 because it showed the daily percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive. In early to mid-April 2020, 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, 2020, the rate climbed above 10% -- the threshold Abbott said would be cause for alarm -- and it remained above that level until early September 2020 when it finally dropped back below 10%. The state later separated the positivity rate into molecular and antigen, reporting them based on the type of diagnostic test used.

Information on each test is below, including the positivity rates of each and the number of tests performed by day.

What is a TSA and How Did They Affect Shutdowns and Restrictions?

A past executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a red line: When COVID-19 patients make up 15% or more of a hospital region’s capacity for seven straight days, a series of mandatory limits will activate with few exceptions.

The chart below shows historical data of the percentage of COVID-19 patients in various TSA regions that are part of North Texas. To learn more about TSAs and how they affect shutdowns, click here.

**Once TSA-E, the TSA in North Texas, was back in green, the chart below no longer needed to be updated. Should the percentage rise back toward 15%, the chart will be refreshed and again updated daily.

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

The bar graph below shows a daily breakdown of 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. Large spikes or drops in data generally indicate a backlog or data dump.

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

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

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.

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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