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DALLAS COUNTY

Seniors no longer need an appointmen­t to get vaccinated at Fair Park

- By NATALY KEOMOUNGKH­OUN and TOM STEELE nataly.keomoungkh­oun @dallasnews.com, tsteele@dallasnews.com Twitter: @natalykeo, @tomsteele

reports 21 deaths and 202 new cases.

Dallas County reported 21 more COVID-19 deaths and 202 new coronaviru­s cases Thursday.

The latest victims were mostly in their 60s or older. Ten were men and 11 were women, and all 21 had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Seven of the victims were Dallas residents, four were from Grand Prairie, three lived in Garland, two each were from Irving and Richardson, and one each lived in Addison, Mesquite and Rowlett.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that residents 55 or older can now receive a vaccinatio­n at Fair Park without an appointmen­t, while anyone older than 16 can get a same-day or next-day appointmen­t by registerin­g at dallascoun­ty.org or 1-855-4668639.

“We are at a point now where we have more vaccine than we do people who are registered to get the vaccine,” Jenkins said.

Of the new cases, 140 were confirmed and 62 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 295,099, including 254,731 confirmed and 40,368 probable. The death toll is 3,768.

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the last two weeks is 251. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 282.

Health officials use hospitaliz­ations, intensive care admissions and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. In the 24-hour period that ended Wednesday, 207 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 463 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state, 891,977 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronaviru­s vaccine, while 515,782 — 25.4% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Texas

Across the state, 3,680 more cases were reported Thursday, including 3,455 new cases and 225 older ones recently reported by labs.

The state also reported 84 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 48,425.

Of the new cases, 2,770 were confirmed and 685 were probable. Of the older cases, 154 were confirmed and 71 were probable.

The state’s case total is now 2,833,908, including 2,434,200 confirmed and 399,708 probable.

There are 2,931 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 567 in the Dallas-fort Worth area. On Wednesday, 3.5% of patients in the hospital region covering the Dallas-fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients — below the 15% threshold the state has used to define high hospitaliz­ations.

According to the state, 9,707,452 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronaviru­s vaccine, while 6,121,223 — 27.3% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported four deaths and 282 cases Thursday.

The latest victims were two Fort Worth men in their 20s and 30s, a Euless man in his 60s and a Mansfield man in his 60s. All four had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Of the new cases, 183 were confirmed and 99 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 253,954, including 213,882 confirmed and 40,072 probable. The death toll is 3,369.

According to the county, 157 people are hospitaliz­ed with the virus.

According to the state, 661,594 people in Tarrant County have received at least one dose of a coronaviru­s vaccine, while 420,701 — 26% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Collin County

The state added 57 coronaviru­s cases to Collin County’s totals Thursday. No new deaths were reported.

Of the new cases, 31 were confirmed and 26 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s case total to 88,074, including 72,899 confirmed and 15,175 probable. The death toll is 808.

According to the county, 93 people are hospitaliz­ed with the virus.

According to the state, 421,289 people in Collin County have received at least one dose of a coronaviru­s vaccine, while 253,488 — 31.6% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Denton County

Denton County reported 53 cases Thursday. No additional deaths were reported.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s case total to 73,082, including 54,021 confirmed and 19,061 probable. The death toll is 479.

According to the county, 21 people are hospitaliz­ed with the virus.

According to the state, 326,025 people in Denton County have received at least one dose of a coronaviru­s vaccine, while 204,287 — 29.3% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Other counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day. The latest numbers are:

■ Rockwall County: 11,257 cases (9,159 confirmed and 2,098 probable), 152 deaths.

■ Kaufman County: 15,663 cases (13,163 confirmed and 2,500 probable), 252 deaths.

■ Ellis County: 22,349 cases (18,708 confirmed and 3,641 probable), 309 deaths.

■ Johnson County: 19,493 cases (16,634 confirmed and 2,859 probable), 362 deaths.

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