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COVID-19 In DFW Jan. 24-Jan. 30: Dallas And Tarrant Counties Surpass 2,000 Deaths Each

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Dallas County reported a single-day record of 40 deaths and had its deadliest week since the start of the pandemic with 183 total deaths.

For the latest on the pandemic in North Texas, visit KERA News' COVID-19 Live Updates page.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Dallas County Reports 1,407 New Cases, 20 Deaths

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting on Saturday 1,407 new positive cases and 20 deaths. Of the new cases, 237 are probable cases.

The total number of deaths in Dallas County for the week reached 183 today, making this week the deadliest week since the start of the pandemic, the county says. A total of 2,179 Dallas County residents have died due to COVID-19.

The deaths include:

  • A Garland woman in her 40s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Cedar Hill man in his 40s who had been critically ill and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 50s who had been critically and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 60s who ad been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Farmers Branch man in his 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas woman in her 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • An Irving woman in her 60s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Richardson woman in her 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Duncanville woman in her 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Desoto woman in her 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas woman in her 70s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas woman in her 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Garland man in his 70s who expired in hospice care and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 70s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Farmers Branch man in his 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 70s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas woman in her 80s who ad been critically ill and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 80s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Irving. He had been critically ill and had underlying high risk health conditions.

Tarrant County Reports 1,862 Cases, 16 Deaths

Tarrant County Public Health reports 1,862 cases and 16 deaths on Saturday. Of the new cases, 1,560 are confirmed cases while 302 are probable cases.

The deaths include:

  • A Fort Worth woman in her 90s
  • A Fort Worth man in his 80s
  • Three Fort Worth women in their 60s
  • A Fort Worth man in his 60s
  • A Fort Worth man in his 40s
  • A Watauga woman in her 90s
  • A Mansfield woman in her 80s
  • A Haltom City man in his 70s
  • A Euless woman in her 70s
  • A Saginaw man in his 70s
  • A Hurts woman in her 70s
  • An Arlington woman in her 50s

All victims had underlying health conditions.

505 Cases, 7 Deaths Reported In Collin County

Collin County on Saturday reports 505 more cases and 7 deaths. No details about the deaths were available. Of the cases reported, 331 are confirmed and 174 are probable.

Denton County Reports 306 Cases

Denton County Public Health reports 306 cases and no deaths on Saturday.

Friday, Jan. 29

Texas Will Receive More Than 500,000 First Doses Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

The state will receive 520,425 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government for the week of Feb. 1. The Texas Department of State Health Services has instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ship those doses to 344 providers in 166 counties across Texas.

The increase in vaccine available is due to two factors: a 30% increase in the number of Moderna doses being provide to the state by the federal government, and a one-time return of 126,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that Texas was required to set aside for the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. The program overestimated the amount of vaccine needed, so doses are being given back to the states.

DSHS is allocating the doses from the long-term care program to providers in counties where allocations have been significantly less than their share of the population, particularly in the suburban Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.

In addition to the first doses mentioned above, the state is ordering 188,225 doses intended as the second dose for people first vaccinated a few weeks ago. DSHS is working with providers to make sure that they order the number of second doses they need at the appropriate time. People should be able to return to the same provider to receive their second dose.

Dallas County Reports 30 Deaths

The 30 deaths give Dallas County a cumulative total of 2,159. The deaths reported Friday include people who ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s. Eight of them were residents of long-term care facilities.

Tarrant County Reports 37 Deaths

As part of its weekly COVID-19 data update with the state, Tarrant County reported 37 deaths, six of which were from December. This gives the county a total of 2,160 deaths. Another 1,437 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday.

Denton County Reports Five Deaths, 654 New Cases

The county now has a total of 318 deaths. The deaths reported Friday include people from their 60s to their 80s, and three of those deaths occurred at nursing facilities.

The 654 new cases give the county a cumulative total of 53,248. There were also 485 recoveries reported, for a total of 37,543.

Dallas County Judge Applied For Another Vaccine Mega Distribution Site

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has applied for North Texas to host another spot for residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Biden Administration’s virus response plan.

“Our request is for a federally-run FEMA COVID-19 mass vaccination megasite that could potentially help with the vaccinating of up to 12,000 people per day,” Jenkins said at a press conference at the county’s current vaccine hub, Fair Park.

That many people per day would significantly increase the region’s vaccination volume. Current state data says around 124,256 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Tarrant (97,596), Collin (47,117) and Denton Counties (25,664) have vaccinated even fewer people. Vaccine demand far outstrips supply nationwide.

The site would serve all of North Texas and be in addition to current vaccination sites, Jenkins said. The application is now with the state. If approved in Austin and Washington, Jenkins said the federal government would choose a location.

Parkland Center Release App That Informs Individuals Of COVID-19 Exposure

The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation in Dallas has released the MyPCI app, a tool exclusive to Dallas County that can provide an on-demand, location-based personal risk assessment of possible exposure to COVID-19.

The MyPCI App, free to register and use, is a secure, cloud-based tool that doesn’t require personal health information and doesn’t track an individual’s mobile phone data. Instead, it is a sophisticated machine learning algorithm, geomapping and hot-spotting technology that uses daily updated data from the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) on confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and the population density in a given neighborhood. Based on density and distances to those nearby who are infected, the MyPCI App generates a dynamic personal risk score.

You can download the app at https://pccinnovation.org/mypci. Once you click on the link to register, you must use the code GP-7xI6QT. You will be asked for location information that will not be shared.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Tarrant County Reports 2,535 New Cases & 10 Additional Deaths

Tarrant County reported 2,535 new cases today and 10 more deaths. There have now been a total of 213,611 cases and 2,123 deaths countywide.

The individuals whose deaths were reported today ranged in age from their 60s to 90s. All had underlying health conditions.

Dallas County Reports 1,637 New Cases

There are 1,637 additional cases in the area, bringing the total to 223,788. Of the cases reported today, 1,379 are confirmed. A total of 2,129 Dallas County residents have died due to the virus.

There were 37 deaths, the second-highest number reported single day total of deaths reported. The community members whose deaths were reported today ranged in age from their 40s to 90s. Ten were residents of long-term care facilities.

617 New Cases In Collin County

Another 617 cases raises the total to 60,995. There have been 561 total deaths and 56,369 people who have recovered from the virus in the area.

737 New Cases & 12 More Deaths In Denton County

There are 737 new cases in Denton County, of which 643 are active cases. This brings the cumulative, countywide case total to 52,594, including 313 deaths.

Twelve additional deaths related to the virus were reported today — all men over 80.

Several Texas Walmart Stores To Distribute Vaccine

A few Walmart stores in the state will be distributing the vaccine, including several in North Texas.

NBC affiliate KXAS reports these local Walmart stores will be participating:

  • Store #284 - Mansfield at 930 N. Walnut Creek Drive Ste. 800
  • Store #471 - Lancaster at 150 N. Interstate 35E
  • Store #265 - Terrell at 1900 W. Moore Avenue

Texas Surpasses 2 Million Cases

Texas passed another grim milestone Wednesday — surpassing 2 million coronavirus cases. It is the second state to reach 2 million cases, following California.

Texas was the first state to surpass 1 million coronavirus cases back in November, eight months after discovering its first case. The state’s total caseload has doubled, just two and a half months later.

Texas has the second highest total cases in the U.S. but ranks much lower in cases per capita.

About 7% of the state’s 29 million residents have been infected with the coronavirus.

New cases and hospitalizations in Texas have recently declined, but the state has been reporting an average of more than 300 new deaths every day and many ICUs are at capacity.

Military Personnel To Help With COVID Response In 3 Texas Cities

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that the Defense Department has deployed about 80 military medical personnel from the Army, Navy, and Air Force to help with the COVID-19 response in three Texas cities.

The medical troops include nurses, respiratory therapists, and doctors. They'll support frontline healthcare workers at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, CHI Saint Luke's Health in Lufkin, and Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center in Eagle Pass.

This isn't the first time the military has sent troops to back civilian hospitals in the state. In November and December, about 60 military medical personnel fanned out across El Paso to help during that city's coronavirus surge.

Rio Grande Valley Frustrated By Limited Vaccine Supplies

Frustrations over the limited number of vaccines are being felt in the Rio Grande Valley.

Hidalgo County Commissioner Eduardo Cantu posted a video on Facebook Tuesday addressing residents' concerns.

“5,000 doses a week equals to 20,000 doses a month. That's nothing,” Cantu said. “We have a million people in Hidalgo County. We have over 100,000 elderly. So the vaccine that's coming out right now, we know it's not enough."

He urged residents to have patience and continue to mask up and safely social distance until the vaccine supply increases.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Deadliest Day In Dallas County So Far: 40 Deaths & 1,671 New Cases

All but 274 of the new cases in Dallas County today are confirmed. There's been a cumulative total of 222,409 confirmed cases, including 2,092 deaths.

"These deaths are a result of the high number of COVID cases that have been reported over the last several weeks. Increased deaths always follows increased infections," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. "The decisions we make today will impact the number of COVID cases reported 10-14 days from now and the number of deaths reported at this time next month."

The individuals' deaths being reported today ranged in age from their 20s to their 90s. Four did not have underlying high-risk health conditions, including a woman in her 20s.

The county is providing initial vaccinations to qualifying groups. Officials say 23,794 doses have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, and there are a little over 4,000 doses remaining for the week.

Tarrant County Reports 1,227 New Cases & 12 More Deaths

Tarrant County now has 2,113 confirmed deaths related to the virus and 211,076 cumulative cases.

Of the 12 deaths reported today, one was a man in his 30s, three were in their 60s, four were in their 70s, two were in their 80s and two were in their 90s. All had underlying health conditions.

The county says it's provided 47,817 vaccinations to date.

645 New Cases In Denton County

Of the 645 new cases reported in Denton County today 538 are active cases. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 51,857 COVID-19 cases, including 308 total deaths.

Dallas Approves Plan To Distribute $40 Million In Rental Assistance

The Dallas City Council approved a plan on Wednesday to distribute $40.7 million in federal rent and utility assistance funds to help low and middle-income city residents who are at risk of eviction and homelessness because of the coronavirus.

According to the most recent data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, 1 in 8 renters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were either behind on rent already or didn’t think they’d be able to pay their next month’s rent.

To be eligible to receive rental assistance, an individual or household must:

  • Live in the City of Dallas,
  • Have lost a job, lost hours at work, or otherwise incurred expenses or experienced financial hardship related to COVID-19,
  • Be at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability,
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income.

Area median income varies based on the size of the household. For instance, 80% of area median income in Dallas is $43,250 for an individual, or $61,750 for a family of four.

The funding can be used to pay up to 12 months of rent, utilities and home energy costs, and other household expenses, including past-due rent or utilities.

The money will be distributed through a range of nonprofits and other agencies. You can find more information on the City of Dallas website.

Other cities and counties, as well as the State of Texas, are rolling out new or renewed rental assistance programs as they receive funding approved by Congress.

Renters who need help paying for rent or utilities should contact their local government or call 211 to find the right place to apply. Non-profits like local United Way or Catholic Charities organizations are also a good resource. The state maintains a website to get help from organizations.

Garland To Hold 2nd Mass Vaccination Event Thursday

Garland is holding it's second mass COVID-19 vaccination event Thursday for folks already registered. Shots will be administered via drive-through at the Homer B. Johnson Stadium.

When it comes to landing a COVID-19 vaccination, Mayor Scott LeMay says you'll need to have some patience because demand for doses is still higher than the number of shots available.

"We are subject to supply right now. And so, this process for getting the vaccination out, it is going to take a considerable amount of time. And, and, as far as that is concerned, you know, we're just asking everybody to know that we are going to get to you as fast as possible," LeMay said.

Right now, Garland's vaccine registration list is nearly 50,000 people long. But LeMay said the Texas Department of State Health Services allocated just 1000 doses for the mass vaccination event on Thursday.

LeMay estimates the city's public health department could administer five times that number each day.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Medical Experts Discuss Healthcare Disparities For Minorities At Virtual Event

The Dallas Mavericks hosted a virtual event Tuesday featuring medical experts from UT Southwestern, Dallas County and Parkland Hospital.

The panelists spoke about healthcare disparities for Black and Brown residents in the region and did their best to dispel widely shared misinformation about the vaccine and the rigor of testing trials.

Dr. Vivian Johnson is with Parkland Hospital, and she told folks watching the virtual event that more than 40,000 people took part in clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Almost 10 percent of them were Black.

“The vaccine lowers your chances of getting the virus by 95 percent, compared to if you don’t receive the vaccine," Johnson said. "So, if we want to reduce the number of deaths, the number of severe hospitalizations we see today, it’s important that we accept the vaccine.”

Dallas County is currently vaccinating individuals at Fair Park. But Doctor Phil Huang says there are more than 400,000 people registered for vaccination, and the state has only provided 9,000 doses.

According to the county, there are almost 6,300 doses remaining for the week.

Dallas Black Chamber Of Commerce President Proposes A Fund To Help Black-Owned Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on North Texas businesses, specifically Black-owned small businesses.

Harrison Blair is president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. He spoke at a virtual event Tuesday hosted by the Dallas Mavericks. Blair is advocating for what he calls a "Guaranteed Pool Fund," to help Black-owned businesses apply for financing.

“Well, in this scenario, municipalities, large corporations, and intermediate groups like the Dallas Black Chamber would really assist in raising funds that would be used as guarantees," Blair said. "And this would make small Black businesses, who typically don’t get access to financing capital, more credit worthy in the eyes of banks.”

Harrison says North Texans can also help Black-owned businesses by doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. That includes wearing a mask and — for eligible residents — registering for a vaccine.

Dallas County Reports 22 Deaths And 1,858 Cases

The 22 deaths give the county a total of 2,052. The deaths included:

  • A man in his 40s from Cedar Hill.
  • A man in his 50s from Garland.
  • Two women in their 50s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Carrollton.
  • A man in his 60s from Mesquite.
  • A man in his 60s from Cockrell Hill.
  • A woman in her 60s from Lancaster.
  • A woman in her 60s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 60s from Duncanville.
  • A man in his 60s from Garland.
  • A man in his 60s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 70s from Duncanville.
  • Two men in their 70s from Lancaster.
  • A woman in her 70s from Lancaster.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • A woman in her 80s from Mesquite.
  • A man in his 80s from Duncanville.
  • A man in his 80s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 90s from Sunnyvale.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Richardson.

Tarrant County Reports 29 Deaths

The deaths included a woman from Bedford who had exceeded 90, a woman from North Richland Hills in her 80s, two women from Arlington in their 80s, a man from Watauga in his 70s, two women and two men from Arlington in their 70s, a man from North Richland Hills in his 70s, a man from Keller in his 70s, a man from Fort Worth in his 70s, three men from Arlington in their 60s, two men from North Richland Hills in their 60s, a man from Bedford in his 60s, three men and a woman from Fort Worth in their 60s, a woman from Watauga in her 60s, a man from Saginaw in his 60s, a man from Westworth Village in his 50s, a man from Fort Worth in his 50s, a man from Arlington in his 40s, a man from Fort Worth in his 30s, and a male from Fort Worth under 10.

Tarrant County now has 2,101 confirmed deaths and 154,975 people have recovered.

Denton County Reports 14 Deaths

The county now has a total of 308 deaths. The deaths include:

  • Two men in their 70s from unincorporated southwest Denton County
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of Prairie Estates in Frisco
  • A woman over 80 who was a resident of Brinker Denton SCC
  • Two men over 80 from Denton
  • A woman over 80 who was a resident of Anthology of Denton
  • Two men over 80 who were residents of Anthology of Denton
  • Two men in their 50s from Denton
  • A woman over 80 who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano
  • A man in his 70s from Little Elm
  • A man in his 70s from Carrollton

Denton County also announced 774 new cases of COVID-19, of which 629 are active cases. There were also 651 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 36,024.

Dallas City Council Members Express Frustration With Vaccine Rollout

During a special meeting Monday night, Dallas City Council members expressed they're not happy with the way city and county are handling vaccine distribution.

The City of Dallas has received 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines from the state. This comes as the city and Dallas County grapple with how to best distribute doses.

Council members called for better communication.

Casey Thomas, who represents the city's 3rd district, asked how the public can be expected to know the criteria to get vaccinated when council members don't understand it.

"We will have people that will attempt to sign up and won't meet the criteria and they will get frustrated because they are making assumptions on what they heard and not facts," Thomas said.

He's asked the city to be more intentional and use a variety of methods to provide Dallas residents with the most up-to-date and accurate information.

Rocky Vaz, the city’s emergency management coordinator, explained neither the county nor the city has a say on who gets the vaccine and when. The state's in charge of vaccines and distribution.

"We got to get our first round of 5,000 out and prove to the state we can do it and continue asking for more," Vaz said.

The 5,000 vaccines will be given by appointment at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Thursday. To get on the waitlist, residents can register on the county's website.

Texas' COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Falling From Record Highs

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic.

State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals, marking the seventh consecutive day of declining patient loads.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the area was “starting to see some metrics go in the right direction” as the average number of daily new cases fell by 800.

More than 34,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas, the second-most in the nation behind California. More than 5,000 new cases were reported statewide Monday.

CVS Continues Vaccination at Texas' Long-Term Care Facilities

CVS Health is vaccinating staff and residents at over 2,000 long-term care facilities in Texas as part of a federal program.

The company has given out the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine shot at 581 Texas nursing homes, and the pharmacy chain says it’s already started administering second doses.

Over the coming week, CVS is also expected to finish administering the first doses for 1,431 assisted-living and other long-term care facilities in the state.

Just last week, Gov. Greg Abbott was urging CVS as well as Walgreens to speed up vaccinating Texas’ vulnerable populations in these facilities, saying they were going too slow.

Monday, Jan. 25

Dallas County Reports 1,698 Cases And 22 Deaths

Of the 1,698 cases being reported, 222 are probable cases. The 22 deaths give the county a total of 2,030. The deaths include:

  • A man in his 40s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 50s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 50s from Irving.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • Three men in their 60s from Dallas.
  • Three men in their 70s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 70s from Mesquite.
  • A man in his 70s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Richardson.
  • A woman in her 70s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 80s from Garland.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • Two men in their 80s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care faciity in Dallas.
  • A woman in her 90s from DeSoto.
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Coppell.

Dallas County is continuing to operate the vaccine clinic at Fair Park and received an allotment of 9,000 doses for this week. So far, 18,859 doses have been administered at the Fair Park site.

Tarrant County Reports 1,260 New Cases And 24 Deaths

The deaths included a woman and man from Arlington who exceeded 90, two women and a man from Watauga who exceeded 90, a woman from North Richland Hills who exceeded 90, two women and a man from Arlington in their 80s, a man from Haltom City in his 80s, a man from Fort Worth in his 70s, a man from Arlington in his 70s, two men and a woman from North Richland Hills in their 70s, two men from North Richland Hills in their 60s, a woman from Arlington in her 60s, a man from Fort Worth in his 60s, a man from Hurst in his 60s, a man from Fort Worth in his 50s, two men and a woman from Arlington in their 50s.

Tarrant County now has 2,072 deaths from COVID-19 and 152,850 people have recovered.

Denton County Reports 11 Deaths

The 11 deaths give Denton County a total of 294. The deaths include:

  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of Anthology of Denton
  • A man in his 80s from Denton
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Good Samaritan Society Denton Village
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Good Samaritan Society Denton Village
  • A man in his 60s from Flower Mound
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of Beehive Assisted Living in Lewisville
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano

The county reported 629 new cases, of which 525 are active cases. Denton County also reported 782 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 35,377.

5,000 Vaccine Doses On The Way Directly To The City Of Dallas

The City of Dallas is set to receive 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines this week directly from the state. Previously, the city had to work with the county on distributing vaccines.

City of Dallas officials say vaccines will be given by appointment at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown. The city will contact residents for appointments using an existing county database.

The announcement comes after a week of back-and-forth between the city, the county and the state over vaccines. Some county officials tried to limit vaccines to specific zip codes with a higher percentage of Black and Latino residents. Those groups have been harder hit by the virus. But the state said such an explicit limit on vaccines isn't allowed.

Vaccine supplies remain low. Combined, providers in Dallas County received about 36,000doses last week. That includes public and private health care providers. The county has over 2.5 million residents.

In a statement, some Dallas City Council members said it's time to have an open and honest discussion that will bring clarity around vaccine distribution.

A special council meeting focused on vaccines is set for 7p.m. tonight.

Sunday, Jan. 24

Dallas County Reports 1,174 New Cases & 12 Deaths

The 1,174 additional cases in Dallas County today brings the countywide total to 218,039 confirmed, including 2,008 deaths.

Of the 12 additional deaths reported today, all but one, a Mesquite woman in her 50s, had underlying high risk health conditions. The individuals ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s. Today's death count put the county over 2,000 total coronavirus-related deaths, a number the county is calling a "grim milestone."

1,736 New Cases In Tarrant County

There have now been a total of 207,065 COVID-19 cases in Tarrant County, including 2,048 deaths.

The county's COVID-19 dashboard indicated there are 36 additional deaths being reported in the county today — but the data released over the weekend is considered provisional.

Over the weekend, both Dallas and Tarrant Counties surpassed over 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths in each county.

Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19's Spread In North Texas

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