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COVID-19 updates: Dallas County health officials report 27 more deaths, including woman in her 30s

Health officials said 1,944 Dallas County residents have lost their lives.

This story will be continuously updated as new information is released.

Dallas County health officials announced 1,978 additional cases of COVID-19 and 27 more deaths on Thursday. 

This brings the countywide total to 213,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,944 confirmed deaths since tracking began in mid-March of 2020.

Health officials said Thursday's deaths include:

  • A Dallas woman in her 30s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident at a long-term care facility in Dallas. He had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • Two Dallas men in their 50s who both had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Cockrell Hill man in his 50 who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Mesquite man in his 60s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • Three Dallas men in their 60s who all had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Rowlett man in his 60s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Cedar Hill woman in her 60s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • Four Dallas women in their 70s who all had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Lancaster man in his 70s
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident at a long-term care facility in Dallas who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Grand Prairie man in his 70s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Grand Prairie woman in her 70s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Dallas man in his 80s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Garland man in his 80s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident at a long-term care facility in Garland. He had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident at a long-term care facility in Richardson. He did not have underlying high-risk conditions
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident at a long-term care facility in Irving
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Mesquite. She had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Grand Prairie woman in 90s who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident at a long-term facility in Dallas

Dallas County Health and Human Services is providing initial COVID-19 vaccinations. As of Thursday morning, 16,979 doses have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine center.

RELATED: Here's how to sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at any hub in Texas

“With 300,00 people registered, and more registering every hours, and only 9,000 shots available at Fair Park each week and a little over 30,000 shot available at all hub sites from UTSW, Baylor Hospital, City of Garland, DCHHS and Parkland, there is much more demand than there are shots,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Jenkins said he hopes the Biden administration improves the vaccine rollout to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Tarrant County surpasses 200,000 cases

Tarrant County surpassed 200,000 cases Thursday after health officials announced 1,789 cases of COVID-19. Health officials also reported that 23 more residents have died.

Health officials said the deaths range from men and women in their 50s to 90s.

Since tracking began in mid-March, 1,927 Tarrant County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

As of Thursday afternoon, patients in the hospital with COVID-19 have dropped from 1,429 to 1,376.

Denton County adds 3 more deaths 

Denton County Public Health announced three more residents died from COVID-19, bringing the total to 268 deaths in the county since tracking began mid-March.

Officials said the deaths include a Corinth man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s who was a resident of Autumn Leaves of North Carrollton at Castle Hills, and a Flower Mound woman in her 80s.

DCPH also reported 750 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 639 are currently active. Officials said the countywide total number of cases now stands at 48,945.

Denton County Judge Andy Eads continues to encourage residents to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by “utilizing masks, social distancing and handwashing.”

Arlington receives more doses for its Esports Stadium vaccine hub

The Arlington Fire Department confirmed that it has received more COVID-19 vaccine doses for its Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center site.

According to the post, the department received a total of 8,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday morning. Of that shipment, 5,000 are allocated as first doses, and the other 3,000 are allocated as second doses. 

The fire department will administer the first doses from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center. 

Those receiving first doses must register online and fall into the Phase 1A or Phase 1B. 

Then on Monday, officials will administer second doses at the same time and place to residents and first responders who meet the following criteria: 

Those who received their first dose at the City’s site between Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 or those who have scheduled to arrive on Monday to receive a second dose. 

"Notifications for those who are to receive a second dose on Monday will be sent out via email and/or text message. For those receiving their 2nd dose from us, please bring your vaccine card," the department said.

RELATED: Here's how to sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at any hub in Texas

Four COVID-19 vaccine hubs operating in Collin County

Collin County health officials have provided an update on the number of vaccines received at its four operating hubs. 

At this time, all four vaccine hubs operating appointment-only for those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B who have already registered online. 

Collin County has a new online tool that launched Wednesday for residents to confirm their waitlist registration.  

However, the hubs at Allen ISD football stadium and Baylor Scott & White facility in Frisco are requiring a different registration process. 

To register for the Allen site, residents could do so online or call 214-509-4400. 

For more information on the BSW facility vaccine registration process, residents can visit the hospital's website or call 844-279-8222. 

Below is the latest information from county officials regarding the hubs and amount of doses received this week: 

  • Collin County Health Care Services received 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and is currently operating a vaccine hub at the CCHCS clinic in McKinney. Appointments have already been made for these 2,000 doses from the Collin County vaccine waitlist. The CCHCS hub will relocate to Plano ISD's John Clark Stadium next week.
  • The City of McKinney received 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and is currently operating a vaccine hub at the McKinney ISD football stadium.
  • The City of Allen received 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and is currently operating a vaccine hub at the Allen ISD football stadium.
  • Baylor Scott & White Health received 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week and is currently operating a vaccine hub at the BSW facility in Frisco.

Collin County health officials said they have requested 42,000 vaccine doses from the state health department for the CCHCS hub next week.

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