Dallas County reported 498 more coronavirus cases Monday, all of which the county considers new. Two new COVID-19 deaths were also reported.
Labs either report coronavirus cases directly to the county health department or to the state health department, which then relays the information to individual counties. Of cases reported Monday, Dallas County health officials said 304 came from the state’s reporting system. The remaining 194 cases were reported directly to the county health department.
The latest victims were both men with underlying health problems. One lived in Dallas and was in his 50s, while the other lived in Cedar Hill and was in his 80s.
Of the new cases reported Monday, 391 are confirmed cases and 107 are probable cases. The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 93,939 and probable cases to 5,235. The county has recorded 1,101 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 14 probable deaths.
A spokeswoman recently said the county was counting only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) as probable cases, though a few antibody and “household” results had been included previously.
While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials use hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. The county said it would next provide hospitalization data Tuesday.
The county’s provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases for the latest reporting period, Oct. 11 to 17, was 525, an increase from the previous reporting period. The figure is calculated by the date of the COVID-19 test collection, according to the county.
The county reported that between Oct. 11 and 17, a total of 441 probable and confirmed cases of school-age children tested positive for COVID-19, an increase from the previous reporting period.
Dallas County doesn’t provide a positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests conducted in the area; county health officials have said they don’t have an accurate count of how many tests are conducted each day. But as of the county’s most recent reporting period, 14.2% of people who showed up at hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus. That’s an increase from the previous reporting period, when 12.6% such patients tested positive.
Across the state, 4,418 more cases and 10 COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday. Texas has now reported 867,075 confirmed cases and 17,514 fatalities.
There are 5,278 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 1,424 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 8.9% as of Sunday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.
The state also provides a positivity rate based on when lab results were reported to the state; that rate stood at 9.6% as of Sunday.
Officials previously calculated Texas' coronavirus positivity rate by dividing the most recent seven days of new positive test results by the most recent seven days of total new test results. By that measure, the positivity rate is now 7.6%, according to its dashboard.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services said that positivity rate data based on lab results and new cases will likely be phased out but is still being provided for transparency and continuity purposes.
Tarrant County reported 498 coronavirus cases and no new deaths Monday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 64,290, including 58,255 confirmed cases, 6,035 probable cases and 51,363 recoveries. The death toll stands at 719.
According to Monday’s numbers on the county dashboard, 487 people are hospitalized with the virus.
Collin County added 78 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing its total to 17,768. The county reported no new deaths, leaving the toll at 175.
The county has 976 active cases of the virus — including 184 people who are hospitalized, according to the county dashboard — and has recorded 16,792 recoveries.
Collin County, which receives its data from the Department of State Health Services since turning over case management in June, has a note on its dashboard warning residents that it has low confidence in the numbers the state is providing.
Denton County reported 219 coronavirus cases — its highest single-day total in almost three weeks — and no new deaths Monday.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 16,273, including 13,375 that are recoveries. The death toll stands at 118.
Of the cases reported Monday, 153 are active. There are 2,780 active COVID-19 cases in Denton County, according to the county dashboard.
The newly reported cases raised the county’s total molecular cases to 14,427, while antigen cases stand at 1,846.
There are 71 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, according to the county’s data.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
Rockwall County: 1,896 cases, 32 deaths.Kaufman County: 3,499 cases, 56 deaths.Ellis County: 4,875 cases, 76 deaths.Johnson County: 3,588 cases, 65 deaths.