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COVID-19 updates: 'February will be a dark time for death,' says Dallas County judge after 39 more deaths reported

Health officials say 2,270 residents have lost their lives to COVID-19 since tracking began in mid-March 2020.

Dallas County health officials announced 39 more coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday, bringing the countywide total to 2,270 confirmed deaths since tracking began in mid-March 2020.

Health officials said the deaths include men and women whose ages range from 40 to over 90, and most had underlying high-risk health conditions.

“… This number of deaths is only one less than our record, which we reported yesterday,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “We know that February will be a dark time for death due to the high number of people who contracted COVID-19 in the last two months.”

Health officials also announced 1,438 additional COVID-19 cases Tuesday, of which 133 are considered probable from antigen tests. Officials have confirmed 230,395 cases of COVID-19 across the county since the beginning of the pandemic.

At this time, there are currently 113 active long-term care facility outbreaks. And over the past 30 days, 9,471 school-aged children and school staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Jenkins hopes more residents decide to get vaccinated, and decide to wear masks, wash their hands and avoid crowds.

According to Dallas County Health and Human Services, over 31,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fai Park mega-vaccine clinic.

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Tarrant County reports 37 deaths, 1,426 new cases

Tarrant County is reporting 37 additional deaths and 1,426 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

Statewide, there have been 2,106,729 confirmed cases.

The state is reporting 18,951 new cases and 331 new deaths.

Tarrant County has a total bed occupancy rate of 87% and 92% of the adult ICU is occupied, according to the county. Ventilator usage is at 40%.

There have been 222,111 cases and 2,277 deaths in Tarrant County since tracking began in March 2020.

Thirteen of those who died had no underlying health conditions and 23 did, county officials said.

The deaths include:

  • A woman from Benbrook who was more than 90 years old
  • A Westworth Village woman who was more than 90 years old
  • A man and a woman from Fort Worth who were more than 90 years old
  • A man from Hurst who was more than 90 years old
  • A woman from Bedford who was more than 90 years old
  • Three women and a man from Fort Worth in their 80s
  • A man from Keller in his 80s
  • A woman from Mansfield in her 80s
  • A woman from Southlake in her 80s
  • A woman from North Richland Hills in her 80s
  • A man from Hurst in his 80s
  • A man and a woman from Arlington in their 80s
  • A man from Euless in his 70s
  • A man from Benbrook in his 70s
  • Five men from Fort Worth in their 70s
  • A man from Bedford in his 70s
  • A woman from Arlington in her 70s
  • A woman from Fort Worth in her 60s
  • A woman from Forest Hill in her 60s
  • A man from Arlington in his 60s
  • A man from Crowley in his 60s
  • Two men from Arlington in their 50s
  • A woman and two men from Fort Worth in their 50s
  • Two women from Fort Worth in their 40s

On Tuesday, Collin County reported 496 new cases.

There have been 63,484 cases in the county and 589 deaths since tracking began in March 2020.

Denton County

Denton County reported 589 new cases Tuesday.

The county has 81 occupied ICU beds and four available ICU beds -- a 95.4% occupancy rate, according to the county's dashboard.

For the total hospitalized patients, there are 638 beds occupied and 251 available beds. Ventilators are 25.8% in use.

There have been 39,307 recoveries in the county.

There have been 54,742 cases in the county and 325 deaths since tracking began in March 2020.