Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 1,348 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 33 confirmed deaths. The high death toll marks the second highest number of deaths reported in Dallas County in one day since the beginning of the pandemic. All but two of the victims had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Tarrant County saw 1,536 new cases on Wednesday with 15 confirmed deaths, the highest number of fatalities the county has experienced in three months. A boy from Fort Worth between the ages of 10 and 19 became the first child in Tarrant County to die from the virus, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Over 15,000 Texans tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, a significant increase compared to the previous week. Over 9,000 patients are currently hospitalized statewide due to the virus. 181 deaths were reported on Tuesday, a nearly 60 percent increase compared to the previous week, The Texas Tribune reported.
Three State Board of Education members tested positive for COVID-19 after an in-person meeting last month. El Paso Democrat Georgina Pérez and two other unnamed members received positive results after attending one of five annual meetings in November, KERA News reported.