Updated at 9:06 p.m.: Revised to include vaccination data.

Dallas County reported eight more COVID-19 deaths and 361 new coronavirus cases Friday.

The latest victims were three Mesquite residents, a woman in her 50s and a man and a woman in their 70s; two Balch Springs men, in their 40s and 60s; a Cedar Hill woman in her 90s; a Dallas man in his 90s; and an Irving man in his 60s. All eight had underlying high-risk health conditions.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that percentage of Dallas County residents who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine is slightly lower than the statewide percentage.

“We have ample amount of vaccine here in Dallas County and there’s no reason for anyone to wait,” Jenkins said.

Of the new cases, 286 were confirmed and 75 were probable. The numbers bring the county’s overall case total to 298,791, including 257,403 confirmed and 41,388 probable. The death toll is 3,895.

One of the new cases was confirmed to be the P.2 strain of the virus first detected in Brazil, officials said. That strain is considered a “variant of interest” by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — meaning that medical experts are watching it closely but that it is not as immediately worrisome as a “variant of concern.”

The average number of new daily cases in the county for the past two weeks is 253. For the previous 14-day period, the average was 242.

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 Thursday, 175 COVID-19 patients were in acute care in hospitals in the county. During the same period, 391 ER visits were for symptoms of the disease.

According to the state, 994,125 people in Dallas County have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 684,922 — 33.8% of the county’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.


Across the state, 3,515 more cases were reported Friday, including 3,324 new cases and 191 older ones recently reported by labs.

The state also reported 59 COVID-19 deaths, raising its toll to 49,217.

Of the new cases, 2,500 were confirmed and 824 were probable. Of the older cases, 139 were confirmed and 52 were probable.

The state’s case total is now 2,883,227, including 2,470,095 confirmed and 413,132 probable.

There are 2,682 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 465 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On Thursday, 2.9% 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 5.6% as of Thursday. For antigen tests, the positivity rate for the same period was 3.3%. 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, 11,013,458 people in Texas have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 7,788,050 — 34.7% of the state’s population 16 and older — are fully vaccinated.

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