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Texas has 25,512 new COVID-19 cases and 450 new COVID-19 deaths, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Both of these are new record-highs for the state, excluding days when there were backlogs.
Texas has averaged 317 COVID-19 deaths a day the past week, which is also a record.
There are currently 13,870 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals, down from 13,928 the previous day.
As of Tuesday, the state's COVID-19 molecular test positivity rate by specimen collection date is 16.61%. The record happened on Jan. 3 when the rate was 21.03%.
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Dallas County adds nearly 3,500 new cases
Dallas County health officials announced 3,469 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the second-highest daily total the county has ever reported.
This brings the total count to 212,188 cases since tracking began in March. This the second-most in the state, behind Harris County.
Local health officials also reported 30 new COVID-19 deaths, ranging in age from people in their 50s to their 90s.
There have now been 1,917 confirmed deaths since the first reported death in March.
Nearly 15,000 people were vaccinated last week at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. He says the county has about 3,000 doses left for this week.
There are currently 1,187 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dallas County hospitals. This is 27 more than the previous day.
The record-high happened on Jan. 11 when there were 1,226 hospitalizations in the county.
Dallas County has had more than 1,000 patients with COVID-19 every day since Jan. 2.
Tarrant County reports 23 new deaths
Tarrant County Public Health reported 23 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, ranging in age from people in their 50s to their 90s.
Tarrant County now has 1,927 confirmed deaths since the first reported death in March.
Health officials also added 2,074 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. There have now been 199,521 total cases since tracking began in March.
There are currently 1,429 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Tarrant County hospitals. This makes up 28% of the county's total hospital bed capacity.
Tarrant County Public Health and the Arlington Fire Department hub locations have given 47,754 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through Tuesday.
Collin County has 530 COVID-19 hospitalizations
Collin County had 353 new cases of COVID-19, according to Texas Health and Human Services.
There have now been 56,499 total cases since tracking began in March.
Collin County health officials said there are currently 530 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Monday.
Since Dec. 28, Collin County hospitals have had more than 500 hospitalizations every day. The record happened on Jan. 4 when there were 575 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
Denton County adds 861 new cases
Denton County Public Health announced 861 new cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the total count to 48,196 since tracking began in March.
Excluding data dumps and reports that included multiple days, this is the second-most cases added in a single day for Denton County.
The record happened on Dec. 11 when county officials reported 885 cases.
Health officials announced eight new COVID-19 deaths. These include:
- Two women over 80 from Lake Village Nursing and Rehab in Lewisville
- A man over 80 from The Oaks at Flower Mound
- A man over 80 from The Colony
- A man in his 70s from Carrollton
- A woman over 80 from Hollymead in Flower Mound
- A man in his 60s from Argyle
- A man over 80 from Prairie Estates in Frisco
There are currently 196 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county's hospitals.
The county also has three ICU beds available as of Wednesday. Of the 92 patients currently using these beds, 53% have COVID-19.
Parker County reports record-high number of new daily cases
Parker County added a record-high 497 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The previous record happened on Jan. 5 when there were 467 daily cases.
Since Nov. 24, there have been 6,462 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Parker County. This makes up 65% of the county's total cases since tracking began in March.
Positivity rate is the percentage of total COVID-19 tests conducted that are positive.
Parker County currently has a positivity rate of 14%.
Texas child care centers have more than 250 daily cases for first time
There were 257 new cases of COVID-19 in Texas licensed child care centers, school-age programs, and before- or after-school programs Wednesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This includes both employees and children.
This is a new daily record. The previous record happened on Jan. 11 when there were 210 reported cases.
This is the 11th straight day when more than 100 new COVID-19 cases were reported.
The facilities that reported multiple cases Wednesday include:
- Kids Corral at Savannah in Savannah (four children, six employees)
- First United Methodist Friends In Christ Preschool in Frisco (two children, five employees)
- Quail Valley Preparatory School in Lewisville (two children, four employees)
- St. Peter Preschool in Northlake (four children, one employee)
- Imagination Station in Garland (two children, two employees)
- The Children's Courtyard Willow Grove in Lewisville (two students, two employees)
- Goddard School in Frisco (two children, one employee)
- Little Country Day Care and Preschool in Haslet (one child, two employees)
- Journey's Child Development Center in Grand Prairie (two children)
- Spanish Schoolhouse in Carrollton (two children)
- Primrose School of Lantana in Lantana (two children)
- Childrens Courtyard in Fort Worth (two children)
- Lionheart Children's Academy - LABC in Arlington (two children)
- Care Child Development Center in Richardson (two employees)
- Christian Child Development Center in Lewisville (two employees)
- Candy Cane Corner in Ennis (two employees)
- Little Tyke Santa Fe in Weatherford (two employees)
- Montessori at Sundance Square in Fort Worth (two employees)
- Spanish Schoolhouse Keller in Keller (two employees)