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COVID-19 updates: Tarrant County has record-high hospitalizations for second straight day

Tarrant County has had more than 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations every day since Dec. 16.

Tarrant County health officials reported there are currently a record-high 1,374 people hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday. This breaks the previous record of 1,323 set on Tuesday.

Tarrant County has had more than 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations every day since Dec. 16.

Local health officials also reported 20 new COVID-19 deaths. Tarrant County now has 1,468 confirmed deaths since tracking began in March.

The deaths include:

  • A North Richland Hills woman older than 100
  • A Fort Worth man and two Fort Worth women in their 90s
  • A Fort Worth woman in her 80s
  • A Hurst man in his 80s
  • Two Arlington men in their 80s
  • An Azle woman in her 80s
  • Four Fort Worth women and a Fort Worth man in their 70s
  • A Benbrook man in his 70s
  • An Arlington woman in her 70s
  • A Sansom Park woman in her 70s
  • A Fort Worth woman in her 60s
  • A Fort Worth man and Fort Worth woman in their 30s

All but three had underlying conditions, county officials said.

Tarrant County health officials reported 1,609 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total count to 146,888 cases since tracking began in March.

Credit: Jay Wallis

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Dallas County reports more than 2,000 new cases

Health officials in Dallas County added 2,292 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the county total to 170,747 cases since tracking began in March.

Of these cases, 327 are considered probable because they came from antigen tests.

Local officials also reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths. These include a Dallas man in his 20s, an Irving woman in her 40s, three Dallas women in their 50s, a Mesquite man in his 60s, a Garland man in his 60s, a Mesquite woman in her 70s, a Dallas woman in her 70s, a Cedar Hill woman in her 70s, a Dallas man in his 70s, a Dallas woman in her 90s and a Dallas man in his 90s. All had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A Dallas woman in her 50s and a Mesquite man in his 50s who did not have underlying high-risk health conditions also died.

There have been a total of 1,611 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Dallas County since the first reported death in March.

Collin County has more than 500 hospitalizations for third straight day

Collin County health officials reported Wednesday there are currently a record 551 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county's hospitals.

The county had 539 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday and 518 on Monday, marking the first time there have been more than 500 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Collin County. 

These COVID-19 patients make up 20% of the county's total hospital bed capacity. This percentage has remained above 15% in Collin County since Dec. 19.

Credit: Jay Wallis

Denton County has 500 new cases for 6th time in last 7 days

Denton County Public Health reported 591 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county total to 38,684 cases since tracking began in March.

The county has had more than 500 new cases six of the last seven days. The only day when there was less than 500 was on Monday when local health officials added 455 cases. 

Denton County also reported three new COVID-19 deaths. These include a Carrollton man older than 80, a Highland Village man older than 80 and a Denton man in his 70s.

There are currently 737 occupied beds in the Denton County hospitals and 224 available beds. COVID-19 patients currently make up 30% of these occupied beds.

Only 16 adult ICU beds available in Dallas County 

Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted that as of Dec. 29, only 16 ICU are available in Dallas County, according to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. 

Hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 reached an all-time high in Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Tarrant counties, officials said Tuesday.

“Our hospital numbers are at all-time highs, and our availability of ICU beds in the region is at an all-time low,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.