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COVID-19 updates: Texas and Dallas County both set record highs in cases, hospitalizations

Dallas County has a record 1,226 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday. The previous record happened last Thursday when there were 1,206 hospitalizations.

This story will be updated throughout the day as new information is released.

Dallas County and the state of Texas set records for number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday. 

The state crossed the 14,000 threshold, while Dallas County reported more than 1,200. 

In addition, both Texas and Dallas County set records for numbers of new COVID-19 cases in a single day, outside of backlog reports. 

Dallas County health officials reported 3,549 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, 570 of which are probable because they came from antigen tests. This is a new daily record for the county.

Dallas County currently has a record 1,226 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday. The previous record happened last Thursday when there were 1,206 hospitalizations.

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County health officials also reported 14 new COVID-19 deaths. 

These include a Dallas woman in her 40s, a Desoto man in his 50s, a Mesquite man in his 50s, three Dallas men in their 60s, a Dallas woman in her 60s, a Mesquite man in his 60s, a Highland Park man in his 60s, two Dallas men in their 70s, a Highland Park woman in her 70s and a Dallas man in his 80s. 

All had underlying high-risk health conditions.

The county has a total of 197,359 cases and 1,791 confirmed deaths since tracking began in March.

Texas passes 14,000 hospitalizations for first time

The state of Texas has recorded more than 30,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, state data shows. 

It took Texas almost five months to reach 10,000 deaths on Aug. 5, three months to reach 20,000 on Nov. 5, and just over two to reach 30,000 today.  

There were 22,109 COVID-19 cases confirmed by the state, a record high outside of backlog reporting days. Texas also reported 3,191 additional probable cases. 

The state also crossed the 14,000 mark for patients hospitalized with coronavirus for the first time, reaching a total of 14,218 on Tuesday. Of those, 4,158 are hospitalized in the Dallas-Fort Worth region with COVID-19. 

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Tarrant County adds 30 COVID-19 deaths

Tarrant County Public Health reported 30 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

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

 All but one had underlying health conditions.

Tarrant County now has 1,762 confirmed COVID-19 deaths since the first reported death in March.

County health officials also reported 1,817 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There have now been 180,794 total cases since tracking began in March.

There are currently 1,469 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Tarrant County hospitals. This makes up 29% of the county's total hospital bed capacity.

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Collin County hits 16th straight day with over 500 hospitalizations

Collin County health officials reported there are currently 561 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday. The record high happened on Jan. 4 when there were 575 hospitalizations.

Collin County has had more than 500 COVID-19 hospitalizations every day since Dec. 28.

There were 692 additional COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

There have been 51,840 total cases since tracking began in March.

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Denton County has three available ICU beds

Denton County Public Health announced 579 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There have now been 44,158 total cases since tracking began in March.

There are currently 222 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denton County hospitals.

There are also three ICU beds available in the county. This ties a record-low that was also set on Jan. 3, Dec. 25 and Dec. 20.

Of the 86 occupied ICU beds, 47% are patients with COVID-19.

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Ellis County sets record 14-day COVID-19 case average

Ellis County added 642 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That is the county's second-most ever reported in a single day. The record happened on Jan. 5 when there were 812 daily cases.

Ellis County is averaging 191 COVID-19 cases a day in the past two weeks. That is a 14-day record for the county.

There have now been 13,833 total cases in the county since tracking began in March.

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Parker County has added more than half of its total cases in past six weeks

Parker County added 439 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That is the county's second-most ever reported in a single day. The record happened on Jan. 5 when there were 467 daily cases.

Parker County has reported 5,077 COVID-19 cases in the last six weeks. That makes up 57% of the county's total reported cases since tracking began in March.

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