Across Texas, there were 16,027 more COVID-19 cases and 334 deaths reported on Friday. The state has now reported 1,772,483 total cases and 27,771 fatalities since the start of the pandemic in March.
Also, for the fifth consecutive day, Texas hit a new record high Friday for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to The Associated Press. There were 12,481 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,743 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Of the new cases reported Friday, 12,369 were confirmed and 3,658 were probable. The state has reported 1,563,758 confirmed cases and 208,725 probable cases since the pandemic began.
The state also added 139 older confirmed cases and 145 older probable cases that were recently reported by labs.
The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date a test specimen was collected, was 21.15% as of Thursday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.
For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 13.78%.
Dallas County did not report new data Friday because of the New Year’s holiday. The county will resume sharing COVID-19 figures on Saturday.
As of Thursday, the county had 172,165 total confirmed cases and 21,153 probable cases. The county has recorded 1,628 COVID-19 deaths.
Tarrant County also did not report new figures Friday and will resume reporting on Saturday.
As of Thursday, Tarrant County had seen a total of 150,004 cases —131,146 confirmed and 18,858 probable. There had been 108,969 recoveries. The county’s death toll stood at 1,494.
According to Thursday’s numbers on the county dashboard, a record 1,399 people were hospitalized with the virus.
The state added 970 coronavirus cases and three new COVID-19 fatalities to Collin County’s totals Friday. The county has now posted 49,393 cases and has a death toll of 373.
No details about the latest victims were available.
Of the new cases, 803 were confirmed and 167 were probable. Collin County has recorded 44,171 confirmed cases and 5,222 probable cases. According to state data, the county has 4,513 active cases.
The county’s coronavirus dashboard provides only total hospitalizations, which were at 513.
Denton County had not reported new data as of 4 p.m. Friday.
As of Thursday, the county had a total of 39,182 cases, including 12,922 that are active and 26,046 that are recoveries. The death toll stood at 214.
On Thursday, 202 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, the county reported.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.
The latest numbers:
- Rockwall County: 6,270 cases (5,208 confirmed and 1,062 probable), 54 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 9,306 cases (8,125 confirmed and 1,181 probable), 122 deaths.
- Ellis County: 13,261 cases (11,675 confirmed and 1,586 probable), 175 deaths.
- Johnson County: 11,135 cases (9,872 confirmed and 1,263 probable), 162 deaths.