Dallas County reported 11 more COVID-19 deaths and 292 new coronavirus cases Saturday.

The latest victims were all in their 40s or older. Nine were men and two were women, and all but one — a man in his 40s — had underlying high-risk health conditions. Three were from Dallas, and two each lived in Balch Springs, DeSoto, Garland and Irving.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that it’s important everyone gets vaccinated now that the county has ample supply.

“There is no reason to wait to get vaccinated,” Jenkins said. “Vaccination protects you and your family and is a patriotic act to end the COVID-19 epidemic in America.”

Of the new cases, 191 were confirmed and 101 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 295,543 including 255,013 confirmed and 40,530 probable. The death toll is 3,794.

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the past two weeks is 242. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 281.

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 Friday, 217 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 352 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state, 917,983 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 538,954 — 26.6% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.


Across the state, 2,682 more cases were reported Saturday, including 2,430 new cases and 252 older ones recently reported by labs.

The state also reported 65 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 48,573.

Of the new cases, 1,657 were confirmed and 773 were probable. Of the older cases, 157 were confirmed and 95 were probable.

The state’s case total is now 2,839,660, including 2,438,385 confirmed and 401,275 probable.

There are 2,929 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals. On Friday, 3.4% 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.

The seven-day average positivity rate statewide for molecular tests, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 5.9% as of Friday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 3.6%. A molecular test is considered more accurate and is sometimes also called a PCR test; an antigen test is also called a rapid test. Gov. Greg Abbott has said a positivity rate above 10% is cause for concern.

According to the state, 9,974,605 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 6,371,271 — 28.4% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

Doctors look at a lung CT image at a hospital in Xiaogan,China.