Amid a cloud of questionable accuracy in their data reporting, the State of Texas estimates that 451,776 have recovered from the Chinese coronavirus statewide. Of Texas’ population of over 29 million, 11,370 have died from the virus.
Data from Texas’ urban counties show recoveries from the virus continue to soar while deaths remain low, further confirming what Richard Hill of Tarrant County Public Health previously told Texas Scorecard: “The fact is that most of the people who get COVID-19 will recover.”
- Bexar County reported 40,896 estimated recoveries and 721 deaths among its population of over 2 million.
- Collin County reported 5,709 recoveries and 104 deaths among its population of over 1 million.
- Denton County reported 6,792 recoveries and 93 deaths among its population of nearly 860,000.
- Harris County reported 72,326 recoveries and 1,210 deaths among its population of over 4.6 million.
- Tarrant County reported 32,643 recoveries and 515 deaths among its population of over 2 million.
- Travis County reported 24,500 estimated recoveries and 357 deaths among its population of over 1.2 million.
Data from Bexar, Denton, Tarrant, and Travis counties continue to confirm Tarrant Public Health Director Dr. Vinny Taneja’s report that those over 65 are at “high risk” from the virus. He added those with underlying conditions as well, which Tarrant’s data continues to support.
Dallas County doesn’t track recoveries. “We’re not going back and contacting everyone to see if they have recovered. But … if we know they have passed away, then the other ones probably have recovered,” said. Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County Health and Human Services director.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services is estimating Dallas recoveries based on some of Huang’s metrics. As of numbers posted today, they estimate 50,405 have recovered—second only to Harris County—compared with Monday’s report of 857 deaths among their population of over 2.6 million.
Collin County Judge Chris Hill raised questions last week about the accuracy of coronavirus data ever since the state government took over the management of these reports. “Unfortunately, the reports and case totals continue to be plagued by mistakes and errors,” he said. “The commissioners court is 100 percent certain that the COVID-19 data being reported for Collin County is inaccurate.”
County Administrator Bill Bilyeau added the state is not clearing all recovered cases from active case totals.
With high case counts now falling under a cloud of questionable accuracy—while recovery numbers are largely being ignored by the mainstream press—Texans may wonder what the current justification is for a statewide mask mandate or executive orders banning families from being with their special-needs children or their hospitalized family members?