Texas reported 24,003 new infections and 381 deaths from covid-19 on Saturday

NOTE: This note was updated at 6:40 pm to include data from Dallas County

Texas reported 24,003 new cases and 381 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, indicative of the aggressiveness of the pandemic that has claimed the lives of 31,831 people in the state.

The number of coronavirus infections is already 2,072,903 cases.

Of the new cases, 21,343 were confirmed and 4,991 probable, according to the report from state health authorities.

Dallas County reported 2,809 new cases and four deaths.

The state also added 647 older confirmed cases and 223 older probable cases that were recently reported by labs.

Also Saturday, 13,953 people hospitalized with COVID-19 were reported in Texas hospitals, including 3,988 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Thursday, 23.46% of patients in the hospital region covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area were COVID-19 patients.

The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular testing, based on the date of sample collection, was 17.43% on Thursday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate positivity rate.

For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 11.94%.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 3,023 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths Saturday.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 190,886, including 165,131 confirmed cases, 25,755 probable cases, and 136,190 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,833.

Collin County

The state added 768 coronavirus cases and six new COVID-19 deaths to Collin County’s totals on Saturday. The county has now recorded 62,571 cases and a death toll of 467.

Of the new cases, 639 were confirmed and 129 probable. Collin County has 54,209 confirmed cases and 8,362 probable cases. According to state data, the county has 5,822 active cases and has recorded 48,387 recoveries.

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