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COVID-19 updates: Tarrant County sets record with 1,525 new cases, Dallas County reports 1,248 new cases

Tarrant County's previous record daily case count was set on Saturday with 1,062 new cases.

Tarrant County is reporting a record high of 1,525 new cases, while Dallas County reported 1,248 new cases of COVID-19 Monday evening.

Dallas County's numbers included 1,095 confirmed cases and 152 probable cases from antigen testing. 

Cases have been rising in both counties. Tarrant County's previous record daily case count was set on Saturday with 1,062 new cases. And Dallas County reported 1,269 cases on Friday -- the highest daily report since July.

"The steep rise in cases that we're seeing seriously threatens those with high-risk health conditions among us and can have a terrible effect on our economy going into this important holiday shopping season if we don't all do our part," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Dallas County:
Nov. 8: 848 new cases
Nov. 7: 876 new cases
Nov. 6: 1,276 new cases
Nov. 5: 868 new cases

Tarrant County:
Nov. 8: 456 new cases
Nov. 7: 1,062 new cases
Nov. 6: 952 new cases
Nov. 5: 938 new cases

On Monday, Dallas County also reported two additional deaths: a Dallas man in his 40s and a Grand Prairie man in his 60s. Both men had been critically ill at area hospitals and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

There are 566 COVID-19 patients in Tarrant County hospitals as of Monday afternoon, according to the county dashboard. That's the highest since Aug. 3 when there were 574 patients.

RELATED: D-FW coronavirus hospitalizations reaching levels not seen since early August

There have been 763 deaths, 75,161 cases and 57,914 recoveries in Tarrant County since tracking began in March.

Statewide, there have been 956,234 confirmed cases and 18,743 deaths, as of Saturday.

The U.S. became the first nation in the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, as record spikes continue in states nationwide. 

It took 10 days to go from 9 million to 10 million, the shortest time yet between 1 million cases.

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Collin County reports 148 new cases

Collin County has 148 new cases, according to a dashboard updated by the state health department.

There are 1,809 active cases in the county, the dashboard says.

There have been 200 deaths and 18,504 recoveries and 20,313 cases since tracking began in March.

Denton County reports 276 new cases

Denton County health officials have reported 276 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, officials said.

There have been 138 deaths, 18,390 cases, and 14,838 recoveries since tracking began in March.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine appears to be 90% effective

Pfizer said Monday that early results from its coronavirus vaccine suggest the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

The announcement, less than a week after an election seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis, was a rare and major piece of encouraging news lately in the battle against the scourge that has killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide, including almost a quarter-million in the United States alone.

"We’re in a position potentially to be able to offer some hope," Dr. Bill Gruber, Pfizer’s senior vice president of clinical development, told The Associated Press. "We’re very encouraged."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government's top-infectious disease expert, said the results suggesting 90% effectiveness are "just extraordinary," adding: "Not very many people expected it would be as high as that.”

RELATED: Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine appears to be 90% effective

COVID-19 cases continue spiking in El Paso

As of Monday, El Paso has hit nearly 27,000 COVID cases and 673 people have died.  The El Paso County Judge has ordered residents to stay home except for essential travel and imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The order expires Nov. 11. All non-essential businesses have been shut down to try to slow the spread.

“Hospitalizations continue to rise sharply and unfortunately more people we know will continue to succumb to the complications of this disease,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza in a press release.

RELATED: COVID-19 continues spiking in El Paso, now reaching nearly 27,000 cases

Cook Children's COVID-19 cases

There are three COVID-19 patients in the hospital Monday, Cook Children's officials said.

The seven-day rolling positivity average is 7.8%. The overall positivity rate is 5.7%.

There have been 44,991 children tested at the hospital and 2,572 have tested positive.

Credit: Cook Children's