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COVID-19 Live Updates: Texas Surpasses 2 Million Cases

A medical worker gives Hazel Anderson a shot in her arm.
Keren Carrión
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KERA News
Hazel Anderson, 94, receives the first dose of the COVID vaccine at the mega vaccine center at Fair Park, in Dallas, on Jan. 11, 2021.

Get live updates throughout the day on how COVID-19 is affecting North Texas.

» COVID-19 By The Numbers:

  • In Texas: More than 2.2 million cases and more than 35,400 deaths have been reported. That means over 1.8 million Texans have recovered from the disease.
  • In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 222,409; Tarrant County: 211,076; Collin County: 60,378; Denton County: 51,857. There have been at least 5,052 reported deaths in the region's four largest counties.
  • Counties across Texas: Use the Texas Newsroom's interactive maps.
  • Global: See Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 dashboard.

Thursday, Jan. 28

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 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.

Saturday, Jan. 23

1,920 New Cases & 21 More Deaths In Dallas County

The 1,920 new cases, of which 1,525 are confirmed, brings the total case count countywide to 216,968, including 1,996 deaths.

"As we have said for weeks, January and February will be our darkest months," Dallas County Judge said on Twitter. "This week is our deadliest week thus far."

The 21 additional deaths reported today ranged from people in their 40s to their 90s. All but two had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Over 2,100 New Cases In Tarrant County

There 2,155 new cases in Tarrant County today, bringing the cumulative case count to 205,329. There have been 2,012 total deaths related to the disease reported in the county.

Denton County Report 217 New Cases

Denton County reports 217 new cases today, of which 186 are active cases. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 49,816.

There have been 283 deaths reported in the county.

Friday, Jan. 22

Dallas County Reports 2,065 New Cases & 31 Deaths

The 31 deaths gives the county a total of 1,975 deaths. It is the second-highest daily number of deaths that has been reported in the county since the pandemic began. Friday's deaths include:

  • A woman in her 40s from Grand Prairie.
  • Two women in their 50s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 50s from Grand Prairie.
  • A man in his 50s from Mesquite.
  • A man in his 50s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 60s from Dallas.
  • Two men in their 60s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Garland.
  • Four men in their 70s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 70s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 70s from Garland.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • A woman in her 80s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 80s from Mesquite.
  • A woman in her 80s from University Park.
  • A man in his 80s from Garland.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Garland.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite.
  • A man in his 90s from Dallas.
  • Two men in his 90s who were a residents of long-term care facilities in Mesquite.
  • A man in his 90s from Grand Prairie.
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.

Three more cases of the more contagious variant of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7) have been found in Dallas County, bringing that total to four.

As of Friday, 18,859 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park vaccination site, and Dallas County Health and Human Services is expecting another 9,000 doses from the state for next week.

Tarrant County Reports 1,864 New Cases

The new cases increase the countywide total to 203,174. Tarrant County also reported 38 additional deaths after its weekly reconciliation of COVID-19 statistics with the state's database. Twelve of these deaths were in December and 26 from January.

The county now has a total of 1,991 deaths.

Denton County Reports 15 Deaths And 656 New Cases

The 15 deaths are a daily record for the county, which now has a total of 283 deaths. The deaths include:

  • A woman in her 80s from Lewisville.
  • A man in his 80s from Flower Mound.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Rosewood Assisted Living in Flower Mound.
  • A woman in her 70s from Fort Worth.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of Lake Village Nursing and Rehab in Lewisville.
  • A man in his 60s from Corinth.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano.
  • A woman in her 70s from Frisco.
  • A woman in her 70s from Little Elm.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Prestonwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Carrollton.
  • A man in his 80s from unincorporated southeast Denton County.
  • Two men in their 80s from Carrollton.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of Landing at Watermere Frisco
  • A woman in her 80s from unincorporated northeast Denton County.

The county also announced 656 new cases, of which 555 are active cases. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 49,600 COVID-19 cases. Denton County also reported 423 newly recovered cases, increasing the countywide recovery total to 34,274.

Mayor Eric Johnson Announces State Will Directly Provide Vaccines To City Of Dallas

Mayor Eric Johnson on Friday announced that the state will directly provide the City of Dallas with 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which will be administered by Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics.

“I am excited and ready to get these highly effective, life-saving vaccines to the public,” Mayor Johnson said. “As I have said, the City of Dallas is ready to help the state take its vaccination efforts to the next level. We will do so equitably, efficiently, and without political influence.”

Vaccines will be distributed in a drive-through at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and one day on the weekend.

Eligible residents will be pulled from the Dallas County Health and Human Services registration database. They’ll be contacted by the City of Dallas to schedule an appointment time at the convention center.

Demographic information and ZIP codes will be recorded during the check-in process. Those vaccinated will also be provided with information about receiving a second dose at a future date.

Dallas Mayor Approves Vaccination Hubs In Underserved Areas

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has approved a plan to set up COVID-19 vaccine registration hubs in underserved areas of the city.

It's intended to help people who can't register themselves on Dallas County's online registration site.

The city's Emergency Management Coordinator will determine the exact locations of the hubs.

Rocky Vaz will do this by analyzing data about internet accessibility, computer availability, and the vulnerability of populations in the city's ZIP codes.

Arlington Rep. Ron Wright Tests Positive

Arlington congressman Ron Wright has tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement from Wright said he received the news yesterday following exposure to an infected person last week.

He's been quarantined since last Friday and will remain so until doctors clear him.

Wright said he's experiencing minor symptoms but, generally, felt good and will continue to work while in quarantine.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Dallas County Reports 1,978 New Cases

Another 1,978 cases were reported today, 1,412 are confirmed and 566 are probable cases. That brings the total to 213,600.

As of Thursday morning, 16,979 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic. There are approximately 1,800 doses remaining for the week.

Twenty-seven deaths were reported today:

  • A Dallas woman in her 30s.
  • Two Dallas men in their 50s
  • A Cockrell Hill man in his 50s.
  • A Dallas man in his 50s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 60s.
  • A Dallas man in his 60s.
  • A Rowlett man in his 60s.
  • A Cedar Hill woman in her 60s.
  • Two Dallas men in their 60s.
  • Two Dallas women in their 70s.
  • A Lancaster man in his 70s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 70s.
  • A Dallas man in his 70s.
  • A Grand Prairie man in his 70s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 70s.
  • A Grand Prairie woman in her 70s.
  • A Dallas man in his 80s.
  • A Garland man in his 80s.
  • A Garland woman in her 80s.
  • A Richardson woman in her 80s.
  • An Irving woman in her 80s.
  • A Mesquite woman in her 90s.
  • A Grand Prairie woman in her 90s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 90s.

1,789 New Cases In Tarrant County

An additional 1,789 cases raises the total to 201,310. There have been 1,953 deaths and 146,049 people who have recovered from the virus in the area.

Denton County Reports 3 Deaths

Three deaths were reported today, including a Corinth man in his 60s, a Flower Mound woman over 80 and woman in her 70s who was a resident of Autumn Leaves of North Carrollton at Castle Hills.

Another 750 cases were reported today, bringing the total to 48,945. The county also reported 242 newly-recovered cases, increasing the countywide recovery total to 33,854.

Collin County Opens More Vaccine Hubs

Collin County has opened four COVID-19 vaccine hubs this week.

One now at the Collin County Health Care Services clinic in McKinney will relocate to Plano's John Clark Stadium next week.

The McKinney ISD football stadium and Allen ISD football stadium will also serve as vaccine hubs, along with the Baylor Scott & White Health facility in Frisco.

Collin County and its partner agencies have the capacity to administer 6,000 vaccine doses per day at each location.

Dallas County Commissioners Rescind Plan Prioritizing Hardest-Hit Neighborhoods For Vaccinations

Dallas County Commissioners have changed their minds about targeting vaccine distribution to communities of color.

They voted last night to rescind an earlier-approved plan to prioritize distributing vaccines to residents of certain ZIP codes, mainly Black and Latino neighborhoods.

The state threatened to reduce the county's vaccine allotment by thousands of doses if the plan went forward. Officials also threatened to drop Dallas County as a vaccine distribution hub.

The state says hub providers can't limit vaccinations to people who live in areas hardest hit by the coronavirus.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Dallas County Reports 3,469 New Cases, 30 Deaths

There are 3,469 additional cases in the area, the second highest daily case count reported to date. Today’s cases raise the total to 212,188. Of the cases reported, 3,197 are confirmed and 272 are probable cases.

As of Wednesday morning, 14,850 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic. There are a little over 3,000 doses remaining for the week.

Thirty deaths were reported today:

  • A Garland woman in her 50s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 50s.
  • A Rowlett man in his 50s.
  • A Glenn Heights woman in her 60s.
  • A Dallas man in his 60s.
  • Two Garland women in their 60s.
  • A Wilmer man in his 60s.
  • A Rowlett man in his 60s.
  • A Dallas man in his 70s.
  • A Garland man in his 70s.
  • Two Dallas women in their 70s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 70s.
  • Two Dallas men in their 70s.
  • A Richardson woman in her 70s.
  • A Garland man in his 70s.
  • A Rowlett woman in her 70s.
  • A Richardson woman in her 70s.
  • A Grand Prairie man in his 80s.
  • A Cedar Hill woman in her 80s.
  • A Farmers Branch man in his 80s.
  • A Mesquite woman in her 80s.
  • A Garland woman in her 80s.
  • An Irving man in his 80s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 80s.
  • A Dallas man in his 80s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 90s.
  • A Mesquite woman in her 90s.

8 Deaths In Denton County

Eight deaths were reported today, bringing the total to 265 deaths including:

  • A woman over 80 who was a resident of Lake Village Nursing and Rehab in Lewisville
  • A woman over 80 who was a resident of Lake Village Nursing and Rehab in Lewisville
  • A man over 80 who was a resident of The Oaks at Flower Mound
  • A Colony man over 80
  • A Carrollton male in his 70s
  • A woman over 80 who was a resident of Hollymead in Flower Mound
  • An Argyle man in his 60s
  • A man over 80 who was a resident of Prairie Estates in Frisco

Another 861 cases were reported in the county, increasing the total to 48,196.

Tarrant County Announces 2,074 New Cases

An additional 2,074 cases brings the total to 199,521. There have been 1,927 deaths and 143,731 people who have recovered from the virus in the area.

Some Texans Remain Hesitate To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine, According To Health Experts

Public health experts say many groups remain hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Allison Winnike heads the Immunization Partnership, a Houston-based non-profit.

At a press conference yesterday, she said medical experts estimate at least 70% of Texans need to get vaccinated to curb the pandemic while ending the pandemic would require closer to 94%.

"But with these problems with trust, messaging, vaccine availability, distribution and access, these are real hurdles that we need to address.”

A recent Episcopal Health Foundation poll found one in five Texans say they're “very unlikely” to get the vaccine.

Dallas County To Prioritize Vaccinating Residents In Black And Brown Neighborhoods

Dallas County Health and Human Services said it plans to prioritize residents in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods for the COVID-19 vaccine at Fair Park.

That's after early data showed many shots were going to residents from white and affluent neighborhoods.

The neighborhoods prioritized are all located below I-30. But the Dallas Morning News reports people in those areas still have to meet the state's broader criteria, and still have to register through the county to receive a vaccine.

Tarrant County To Vaccinate Residents In Top 10 Most Affected Zipcodes

Meanwhile, Tarrant County will prioritize vaccinating people in the ten ZIP codes most affected by coronavirus.

Public health director Vinny Taneja said health officials hope vaccinating people in these ZIP codes will reduce the outbreak.

People who are 65 or older or have an underlying health condition from the ZIP codes will jump to the front of the line.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Dallas County Reports 1,589 Cases, Including One Of The More Contagious Variant Of COVID-19

The first case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant (B.1.1.7) that was first discovered in the United Kingdom was also identified in a resident of Dallas County. The person did not have a record of traveling outside the United States.

The 16 deaths bring the countywide total to 1,887. The deaths include:

  • A man in his 40s from Irving.
  • A woman in her 50s from Mesquite.
  • Two men in their 50s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Richardson.
  • A woman in her 60s from Hutchins.
  • A man in his 60s from Dallas.
  • Two women in their 70s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 70s from Garland.
  • Two men in their 80s from Grand Prairie.
  • Two women in their 80s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Garland.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is providing initial vaccinations to those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. As of Tuesday morning, 12,122 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic. With the additional allotment from the State of Texas, there are approximately 6,000 doses remaining for the week ahead.

Updated modeling from UT Southwestern predicts that Dallas County could have up to 1,440 hospitalized patients and 2,700 new daily cases by January 29, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

"In addition, they show that physical distancing, mask wearing and other prevention measures have decreased transmission of COVID-19 about 65%," Jenkins said. "This is encouraging, but we must remain vigilant in our efforts to stop and slow the spread of this virus, since they also show that hospitalizations have increased 53% compared to one month ago."

Tarrant County Reports 12 Deaths And Now Has The Highest Countywide Death Total In The Area

The 12 deaths increase the number of countywide deaths to 1,904. This is the highest countywide total in the North Texas area (including Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties).

The deaths included two men from Arlington in their 60s, two women from Arlington in their 70s, a man from Arlington in his 80s, a woman from Bedford in her 80s, a woman from Crowley in her 60s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 50s, a man from Fort Worth in his 70s, a man from Hurst in his 70s, a woman from Richland Hills in her 80s, and a man from Sansom Park in his 40s.

Denton County Reports Eight Deaths

The county now has a total of 257 deaths. The deaths include:

  • A woman in her 70s from unincorporated southeast Denton County.
  • A woman in her 80s from unincorporated southeast Denton County.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of Cedar Crest in Lewisville.
  • A man in his 50s from Corinth.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of Brinker Denton SCC in Denton.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of Pilot Point Care Center in Pilot Point.
  • A man in his 80s from unincorporated northwest Denton County.
  • A woman in her 80s from Northlake.

State Opens More Vaccination Hubs

Texas has increased the number of ‘mass vaccination hubs’ in the state from 28 to 79, including 15 in hubs North Texas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been instructed to ship large amounts of the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all 79 of these providers, says the Texas Department of State Health Services.

In addition to the hubs, DSHS is distributing doses of the vaccine to an additional 181 providers at hospitals, doctors’ offices and long-term health facilities across the state. DSHS announced on Saturday, that the state will receive 333,650 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as part of their Week 6 rollout beginning January 18th.

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Doctor Puts Out New Forecast For COVID In North Texas

Researchers with the Policy Lab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have been tracking the spread of COVID-19 on the county level since the pandemic began. Dr. David Rubin leads the Policy Lab's forecasting team, and said the outlook for North Texas shows coronavirus case numbers will continue to climb.

That is, if current social distancing measures don't improve.

He said COVID fatigue is partially to blame, leading people to resume normal activities without taking proper precautions.

But Rubin says there are signs that hospitalizations are starting to flatten out.

"Although the rates are really high in the Dallas area, but I suspect, you know, the goal right now is to reduce the strain on your hospitals," he said. "And I suspect there's some evidence there that that's beginning to happen."

Rubin said as Texas continues vaccinating the elderly and those at higher risk, there will be a shift in who the virus is effecting most. Specifically, he said there could be a higher rate of working age adults contracting the virus — people who typically have better health outcomes when they get sick.

Texas Lawmaker Tests Positive In First Week Of Legislative Session

A state lawmaker from southeast Texas tested positive for COVID-19 within the first week of the new legislative session.

Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey told public radio's Texas Standard the state House is not requiring members to test for COVID before entering the House chamber.

“Some members don't think they should have to take them, some members don't require masks in their own offices, although masks are required in the Capitol,” he said. “There's still some political difference over this disease, and it's deeply reflected in that political building."

Ramsey believes lawmakers might pass fewer bills this session because of issues related to COVID-19.

Dallas ISD Makes Efforts To Free Up Teachers' Time, Some Remain Skeptical

The Dallas School District wants to relieve overworked teachers from growing responsibilities stemming from COVID-19.

The Dallas Morning News reports a plan recently presented to the board is designed to free more time for teachers to focus on student instruction.

That includes trimming down professional development, giving campuses more autonomy over mandated bi-weekly assignments and hiring a third-party to provide emergency classroom coverage for COVID-related staff absences.

DISD also will spend $150,000 to create an "engagement team" that will conduct door-to-door visits with chronically absent students.
However, the president of a local teachers association doubts any of that will provide much relief.

Rena Honea said teachers would benefit more from not having to teach in-person and virtual learners simultaneously.

Sunday, Jan. 17

Dallas County Reports 1,377 New Cases, 13 Deaths

There are 1,377 new cases, bringing the total to 207,640 confirmed cases. Of the cases reported today, 1,311 are confirmed and 66 are probable cases.

As of Sunday morning, 12,122 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic. There will be approximately 6,000 doses remaining for the week ahead.

Thirteen deaths were reported today:

  • A Dallas woman in her 40s.
  • A Dallas man in his 50s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 50s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 60s.
  • A Dallas man in his 60s.
  • A Garland man in his 60s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 60s.
  • A Balch Springs woman in her 70s.
  • Two Dallas men in their 70s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 70s.
  • A Lancaster man in his 70s.
  • A Dallas man in his 80s.

1,611 New Cases In Tarrant County

Another 1,611 cases raises the total to 192,497. There have been 1,852 total deaths and 138,284 people who have recovered from the virus in the area.

Saturday, Jan. 16

First Case Of COVID-19 Variant Reported In Dallas County

Dallas County officials announced Saturday that they've identified the first case of the UK coronavirus variant in North Texas. This is the third identified case of the variant in Texas.

The individual identified with the variant is a Dallas man in his 20s, with no recent travel history. He’s currently in stable condition and in isolation.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said it's unclear where the patient first contracted the virus, given his lack of travel history.

“Our patient zero had no outside the United States travel, so we don’t know exactly where he might have gotten it from, but it’s inevitable when you live in an urban area with a big hub for transportation like DFW and Love that you’re gonna get this,” he said.

Jenkins said getting vaccines out to the community is a race against the clock as the coronavirus continues to mutate. He said the UK variant is 70% more contagious, but is not believed to be more deadly and that the vaccine should be effective against it.

“Every virus mutates and when it mutates enough, it’s able to beat the vaccines, and so we’re seeing the first major mutations happening and it’s a race to get us as many of us vaccinated so we can get the herd immunity at 70 to 75 percent before this thing mutates to the extent our vaccines don’t affect it.”

Jenkins urged residents to take the necessary precautions like wearing their masks, avoiding crowds and gatherings and registering for a vaccine.

Another 2,809 cases in the area raises the total to 206,329. Of the cases reported, 2,432 are confirmed and 377 are probable cases.

As of Saturday morning, 10,121 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which opened Jan. 11. Next week, about 6,000 doses will be available.

Five deaths were reported today:

  • A Grand Prairie man in his 50s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 50s.
  • A Garland man in his 60s.
  • A Dallas man in his 80s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 80s.

Tarrant County Reports 3,023 New Cases

There are 3,023 additional cases in the county, raising the total to 190,886. A total of 1,833 deaths and 136,190 people have recovered from the virus in the area.

459 New Cases In Denton County

Denton County announced 459 additional cases in the county, 447 of which are active cases. The county also reported 325 newly-recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 32,098.

Fort Worth Police Department Hit By Pandemic, 224 In Department Sidelined Due To COVID-19

The Fort Worth Police Department reported Friday that 224 police personnel are sidelined due to the disease, according to WFAA.

Of the 224 employees not working, 188 are sworn officers. Per the department, 143 total employees are infected, while 81 are quarantining for close COVID contact.

Per Officer Buddy Calzada, officers are being pulled from specialized units to ensure that response times to 911 calls don't lag. He added that overtime pay is also being utilized.

Fort Worth police officials, however, would not specify which units are being impacted.

Friday, Jan. 15

Denton County Reports 12 Deaths

The 12 deaths is a daily record and brings the countywide total in Denton County to 249. The deaths include:

  • A man in his 80s from Carrollton
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Atria Senior Living in Carrollton
  • A man in his 70s from Little Elm
  • A man in his 80s from The Colony
  • A man in his 70s from Carrollton
  • A woman in her 80s from Carrollton
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of unincorporated southeast Denton County
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Mustang Creek Estates in Frisco
  • A man in his 80s from Krum
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of Avanti Senior Living in Flower Mound
  • A woman in her 80s from Corinth
  • A woman in her 60s from Denton

Denton County Public Health also reported 471 cases and 423 newly recovered cases of COVID-19.

Dallas County Reports 24 Deaths

The county also reports 2,817 new positive cases. The 24 deaths brings the countywide total to 1,853. The deaths include:

  • Two men in their 40s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 40s from Mesquite.
  • A man in his 50s from Balch Springs.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite.
  • Two women in their 50s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Irving.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite.
  • Two women in their 60s from Dallas.
  • Two men in their 70s from Garland.
  • A woman in her 70s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite.
  • A man in his 70s from Mesquite.
  • A woman in her 70s from Mesquite.
  • A man in his 70s from Irving.
  • A man in his 70s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.
  • A man in his 80s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 100s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite.

Vaccinations will be taking place at Fair Park on Saturday by appointment only. Visit the Dallas County vaccination information website or call the hotline at (469) 749-9900 for more information.

Tarrant County Reports 31 Additional Deaths From December And 7 More From January

The countywide death total is now 1,825 in Tarrant County after its weekly reconciling of COVID-19 data with the state. Another 2,350 positive cases were reported Friday.

State House Rep. Joe Deshotel of Beaumont Tests Positive While Reps. Michelle Beckley And Erin Zwiener Isolate

State House Representative Joe Deshotel of Beaumont has tested positive for COVID-19 and at least two legislators are quarantining due to exposure — including one from North Texas.

After Deshotel announced his positive result Thursday, Carrollton Democrat Michelle Beckley, and Representative Erin Zwiener from the Hill Country said they would self-quarantine. Both sat near Deshotel in the House chamber.

Beckley had already expressed her concern about catching the virus and avoided Tuesday’s first day of the new legislative session, fearing it could become a “super spreader” event. She will be in isolation for the next 10 days.

She said in a statement that she is currently immune-compromised and has only received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

"On Wednesday and Thursday, in order to fulfill my duties to my constituents of House District 65, I went to the floor of the Texas House in order to vote on Housekeeping Resolutions and House Rules that will affect the rest of the legislative session," Beckley said in a statement. "I sat there for multiple hours, sitting only 3 feet apart from other members, which is not in accordance with social distancing guidance."

A group of House members, including Beckley, chose not to attend opening day events citing fears of spreading or contracting coronavirus.

Beckley's district is located in Denton County and serves the majority of Lewisville and the parts of Carrollton, Dallas, Frisco and Plano that extend into the county.

Thursday, Jan. 14

Texas First State To Administer Over 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

Texas is the first state to administer upwards of a million first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to officials. The state has given out more first doses than California, Florida and New York, which are close behind.

“Texas is leading the way for our nation once again,” said Gov. Greg Abbott in a statement. “This is the biggest vaccination effort we have ever undertaken, and it would not be possible without the dedication and tireless efforts of our healthcare workers. We still have a long road ahead of us, but Texans continue to prove that we are up to this challenge.”

Vaccinations will continue for frontline workers, residents at long-term care facilities and Texans over 65 or those with chronic medical conditions.

Dallas County Reports 1,993 New Cases

Another 1,993 cases in the area brings the total to 201,744. Of the cases reported today, 1,796 are confirmed and 197 are probable cases. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said with a limited number of ICU beds available, it’s important that residents take precautions.

Seventeen deaths were reported today:

  • A Dallas woman in her 30s.
  • A Garland woman in her 50s.
  • A Mesquite woman in her 50s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 50s.
  • A Dallas man in his 50s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 50s.
  • A Mesquite woman in her 60s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 60s.
  • Two Dallas men in their 60s.
  • A Garland man in his 70s.
  • An Addison woman in her 70s.
  • A Garland woman in her 80s.
  • A Dallas man in his 90s.
  • A Highland Park man in his 90s.
  • A Desoto woman in her 90s.
  • A Mesquite man in his 90s.

539 New Cases In Denton County

There are 539 additional cases in the area, raising the total to 45,346. There have also been 364 newly-recovered cases, increasing the countywide recovery total to 31,354.

Tarrant Reports 2,286 New Cases

Another 2,286 cases increases the total to 185,513. A total of 1,787 deaths have been reported in the area.

State Surpasses 2 Million COVID-19 Cases

State health officials say coronavirus cases have now topped 2 million since the pandemic first struck Texas in early March.

The state passed that mark with yesterday's report of nearly 27,000 new cases reported.

Just under 3,000 of those cases were in Dallas County. Health officials there also reported 21 new COVID-19 deaths. All but one victim had underlying health conditions.

A written statement from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said updated prediction models from UT Southwestern Medical Center show Dallas County could have as many as 1,900 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 by Jan. 22 — and about 3,600 new cases a day.

In North Texas, Hospitals Are ‘Stretched Very Thin’

Hospitalizations in North Texas due to COVID-19 have already set new and dismal records in the New Year.

More than 4,000 hospital patients across 18 counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area had COVID-19 when this week began.

When cases were spiking over the summer, that number never reached 2,000.

“I can tell you that we’re stretched very thin right now,” said Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources.

Since September, the numbers of hospitalized coronavirus patients have been surging. About 30% of all the patients in North Texas hospitals are now COVID-19 positive, according to state data.

That’s led all of Texas Health Resources’ 28 hospitals in the region to activate surge plans, diverting resources away from all but the most urgent care. Surgical recovery beds were converted into ICU beds. Nurses and other staffers who don’t typically work directly with patients in the hospital were re-tasked to help those that do.

The hospital chain is working with multiple recruiters to bring in more nurses, respiratory therapists and other critical workers, but the ever-growing need has left workers exhausted, Berdan said.

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Odessa Hospital To Recieve 3,900 Pfizer Vaccines

Medical Center Hospital in Odessa announced on Wedensdday that it will begin receiving thousands of COVID-19 vaccines from the state every week to conduct mass vaccinations.

Medical Center’s CEO Russell Tippin announced in a virtual press conference that his hospital would receive 3,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on an ongoing basis beginning early next week.

Frontline workers, individuals 65 and older as well as those with underlying conditions will be at the head of the line, but Tippin expects to get vaccines out to the general public quickly.

“What we’ve heard from the state is that they want these shots to fly off the shelf. So our intention is to move these quickly every week, to get these into people’s arms not only in Odessa but well be happy to service the entire Permian Basin." Tippin said.

Currently, Medical Center’s staff is working on avenues for Odessans to register for a vaccine. Officials are also finalizing dates, times and locations for drive-thru vaccination clinics.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Tarrant County Is Running Out Of Hospital Beds, Reports 15 Deaths

The Tarrant County Public Health director said the county's hospitals are running out of beds due to a months-long surge in coronavirus cases. Vinny Taneja told county commissioners that hospitals now have to ration intensive care.

“Which, it happens, but again — these are things that we worry about because when somebody needs ICU care, there should not have to be two thoughts about it," Taneja said.

COVID-19 patients now account for some 60% of ICU capacity in Tarrant County.

On Wednesday, Tarrant County reported 2,286 new cases and 15 deaths. There are now a total of 1,777 deaths in the county. Wednesday's deaths include a man from Pantego in his 90s, two women from Arlington in their 90s, a woman from Mansfield in her 90s, a man and woman from Bedford in their 80s, a man from Fort Worth in his 80s, a woman from Richland Hills in her 80s, a woman from Arlington in her 70s, a man and woman from Fort Worth in their 70s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 60s, a woman from North Richland Hills in her 60s, a woman from Hurst in her 60s, and a man from Arlington in his 60s.

Dallas County Reports 2,994 Cases And 21 Deaths

The county now has a total of 1,812 deaths. The deaths include:

  • A woman in her 40s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 40s from Glenn Heights.
  • A man in his 50s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 50s from Richardson.
  • A man in his 50s from Grand Prairie.
  • A man in his 60s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 60s from Duncanville.
  • A man in his 60s from Irving.
  • A woman in her 60s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 60s from Richardson.
  • A man in his 70s from Garland.
  • A man in his 70s from Duncanville.
  • A man in his 70s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 70s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 80s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 80s from Carrollton.
  • A woman in her 80s from DeSoto.
  • Two men in their 80s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.

Hospitalizations still remain high in Dallas County, with 1,197 patients in acute care in county hospitals.

"UTSW has updated modeling out that predicts Dallas County could have up to 1,900 patients hospitalized for COVID and roughly 3,600 new COVID cases a day by January 22," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. "These are concerning numbers."

Denton County Reports 650 Cases

The county now has 44,808 COVID-19 cases. There were 565 newly recovered cases, increasing the countywide recovery total to 30,991.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Dallas County Reports Record Highs For Cases And Hospitalizations, Plus 14 Deaths

There were 3,549 new cases in the county, a new daily high. According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, that number is more than 350 cases high than the previous record. There were also 14 deaths reported, bringing the countywide total to 1,791 deaths.

The deaths include:

  • A woman in her 40s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 50s from DeSoto.
  • A man in his 50s from Mesquite.
  • Three men in their 60s from Dallas.
  • Two women in their 60s from Dallas.
  • A man in his 60s from Mesquite.
  • A man in his 60s from Highland Park.
  • Two men in their 70s from Dallas.
  • A woman in her 70s from Highland Park.
  • A man in his 80s from Dallas.

There were 1,226 COVID-19 patients in acute care across the county by the end of Monday, and the number of emergency room visits for COVID-19-like symptoms was 462 for the same time period, representing 25% of all ER visits.

Tarrant County Reports 30 Deaths

The deaths include a man and two women from Arlington in their 90s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 90s, a woman from Bedford in her 90s, a man from Azle in his 90s, a woman from Mansfield in her 90s, a woman from North Richland Hills in her 90s, three men from Fort Worth in their 80s, a man from White Settlement in his 80s, a man from Arlington in his 80s, a man from Burleson in his 70s, a man and two women from Arlington in their 70s, a man from Haltom City in his 70s, a woman from Mansfield in her 70s, a man from Richland Hills in his 70s, a man from Euless in his 70s, two men from Fort Worth in their 70s, a man from North Richland Hills in his 60s, a woman and two men from Fort Worth in their 60s, a woman from Arlington in her 60s, and two women from Mansfield in their 60s.

Tarrant County now has 1,762 confirmed deaths and 128,406 people have recovered.

Denton County Reports 579 New Cases

The 579 new cases increases the cumulative, countywide total to 44,158 cases. DCPH also reported 450 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 30,426.

Nancy Bush Ellis Dies Of Coronavirus Complications

A longtime Democrat who helped her Republican brother, George H. W. Bush, and her nephew, George W. Bush, get elected president, has died from complications of the coronavirus.

Nancy Bush Ellis died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Concord, Massachusetts. She was hospitalized December 30 with a fever and tested positive for the coronavirus.

Although she was a Democrat for decades who backed environmental and antipoverty causes, Ellis was first and foremost fiercely loyal to her family. Nancy Bush Ellis was 94.

Monday, Jan. 11

Dallas County Reports Highest Positive Case Rates Since March

The county reported 1,867 new cases and four deaths. That gives Dallas County a total of 194,380 cases and 1,777 deaths. The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases for the week ending Jan. 2 is 2,104, a rate of 79.8 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.

The deaths reported include:

  • A man in his 50s from Richardson.
  • A man in his 60s from Cedar Hill.
  • A man in his 70s from Richardson.
  • A man in his 70s from DeSoto.

Tarrant County Reports 21 Deaths

The 21 deaths increase the countywide total to 1,732. The deceased included a man from Fort Worth in his 90s, a woman from North Richland Hills in her 90s, a man and woman from North Richland Hills in their 80s, two women from Arlington in their 80s, a woman from Arlington in her 70s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 70s, two women from Arlington in their 60s, three men from Fort Worth in their 60s, a man and woman from Fort Worth in their 50s, a woman from Grand Prairie in her 50s, a woman from Haltom City in her 50s, a man from Sansom Park in his 40s, and two men and a woman from Arlington in their 40s.

Denton County Reports 476 Cases And Four Deaths

The county now has 237 total deaths. The deaths include:

  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of Prestonwood Court in Plano
  • A man in his 80s from Lewisville
  • A man in his 50s from Denton
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of Good Samaritan Society Denton Village in Denton

Denton County Public Health also announced 476 new cases, of which 404 are active cases. There were 707 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 29,976.

NBA Postpones Two Games, Including Monday's Mavericks Game In Dallas

The NBA called off two more games because of COVID-related and contact tracing issues, postponing Monday’s game in Dallas between the Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans as well as Tuesday’s matchup in Chicago between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics.

Those moves come one day after Miami’s game in Boston was called off because of contact-tracing issues within the Heat, and would have been a matchup where the Celtics would have had only eight available players — after seven were ruled out in accordance with the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Mavericks-Pelicans game and Bulls-Celtics game increase the total games postponed this season due to virus-related matters to four. The Heat are scheduled to play in Philadelphia on Tuesday — but, as of Monday afternoon, remained in their hotel in Boston, unsure of their next steps.

Dallas did not have enough players cleared to play Monday because the contact-tracing process was still ongoing, said a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke with the The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been disclosed publicly by the league or the team.

There were four Dallas players on the COVID-19 protocol list as of Sunday night, the newest addition being Maxi Kleber. Starters Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith and backup Jalen Brunson had already been ruled out; those three stayed behind in Denver after a win over the Nuggets on Thursday and missed Saturday’s victory at home against Orlando.

Dallas Public Vaccination Site Opens Today At Fair Park

The City of Dallas and Dallas County are opening the first mega public COVID-19 vaccination site at Fair Park today. Dallas County Health and Human Services estimates up to 2,000 people will be vaccinated by appointment each day.

The vaccination site will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, pending vaccine availability. Vaccinations are available by appointment only. People who wish to receive the vaccine through DCHHS must register online.

State Officials Release List Of Coronavirus Vaccination Hubs

Texas health officials have released a list of coronavirus vaccination hubs intended to streamline large-scale vaccination distribution that will receive the state's next shipment of doses.

The Texas Tribune reports the 28 hubs will get more than 158,000 doses of the vaccine this week. Another 38,000 doses will go to other providers across the state.

The hubs include six locations in North Texas.

In Dallas County, Health and Human Services, Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center will all receive the higher quantity of doses. Tarrant County Public Health, Texas Health Resources in Fort Worth and Denton County Public Health will also be vaccination hubs.

Therapeutic Infusion Centers Will Open In Irving, Fort Worth, and Laredo

The state today will open therapeutic infusion centers in Fort Worth, Irving and Laredo to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19. The sites will give Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies and bamlanivimab to patients who meet certain criteria and who have a referral from a hospital or doctor.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management launched the centers to help keep hospitalizations down.

Other infusion centers were set up throughout Texas in cities such as Austin, El Paso and Laredo.

Sunday, Jan. 10

7 Deaths & Over 2,200 New Cases In Dallas County

Dallas County is reporting 2,246 new cases today of which 1,987 are confirmed. There is a cumulative total of 192,567 confirmed cases, including 1,773 deaths in the county.

The county is also reporting seven additional deaths related to the virus today, the are described as:

  • Three men from Dallas — one in his 40s and two in their 60s
  • A Grand Prairie man in his 60s
  • A Richardson woman in her 60s
  • A Garland woman in her 60s
  • A Duncanville woman in her 80s

All had underlying health conditions.

Nearly 3,000 New Cases In Tarrant County

Tarrant County's COVID-19 dashboard is showing 2,950 new cases today. There have been a cumulative total of 176,790 cases in the county, including 1,711 deaths.

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

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