Dallas County reported 376 additional positive coronovirus cases on Wednesday, along with nine new deaths.
Of those new cases, 168 came from the state’s reporting system, including 58 from September, 91 from August, and 19 from July. The rest was reported directly to the county’s health department.
Six of the latest victims were Dallas residents, including four men and two women. One of the men was in his 50s, two were in their 60s and the other was in his 70s. A woman, who was in her 60s, lived in a long-term care facility. The other woman was in her 70s.
Two more victims lived in Mesquite – one female in her 40s and one male in her 70s. Another victim, a Richardson man, was in his 80s. All nine had underlying health conditions.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that epidemiologists investigating the county’s data say the declining trend in new daily coronavirus cases has stalled. Now, the numbers are starting to move upward slightly, he said.
“Therefore, it is essential that we all make good decisions,” Jenkins said in the statement. “Please continue wearing your mask at all times when people outside your home maintain a distance of six feet. Remember, it is not one or the other, it is both. “
Jenkins urged residents to avoid bars and encouraged the governor to “close any loopholes” that allow people to gather in small numbers at the bar.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 74,476. The county’s death toll is 957.
There are 3,258 possible cases and 10 possible COVID-19 deaths reported in the county. While other North Texas counties have estimated how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials have not reported recovery, saying it is a measurement not used by the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention .
The county reported that during the period 15–28 August, 317 schoolchildren tested positive for coronavirus, and about 43% were high-school age. Officials estimated that about 53% of the school’s total children are enrolled in Dallas ISD schools based on their zip code.
Officials also said that at least 25 potential coronavirus cases reported in the past 10 days were linked with youth hockey teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Health officials use hospitalization, intensive care unit admissions and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. In the last 24 hours, 353 COVID-19 patients were taken acute care in hospitals across the county and 411 ER visits for symptoms of the disease.
Across the state, 4,285 more coronovirus cases occurred on Wednesday, with 139 deaths from COVID-19. There are 645,791 confirmed cases and 13,692 fatal accidents in Texas.
There are 3,604 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Texas, including 771 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of Tuesday, the seven-day average for the statewide positivity rate was 7.58%, which Greg Greg Abbott said is cause for concern.
Tarant County on Wednesday reported 460 coronovirus cases and five new deaths.
The latest victims include four Azale residents: a male in his 70s, a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s, and a woman over 100. The second victim was a Bedford woman in the 80s. Officials said the health condition of all five is poor.
According to Tarant County Public Health, four victims died in July and one died in August.
The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 43,515, including 2,722 potential cases. The death toll is 587, and 38,215 people have been recovered.
According to the numbers posted Wednesday on the county’s dashboard, 223 people are hospitalized in Tarrant County.
Coleen County added 49 coronovirus cases on Wednesday for a total of 11,676.
There were no new deaths, so the county’s toll was at 118.
According to the number on the county’s dashboard on Wednesday, 11,015 people have recovered from the virus, and 71 are hospitalized.
Coleen County, which has received its data from the state Department of Health Services since it changed from case management in June, has a note on its dashboard warning residents that there is little confidence in the number it is providing.
Denton County reported 81 more COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 10,847.
There were no new deaths on Wednesday, so the county’s toll was at 105.
47 of the newly reported cases are active, the county health department said in a news release.
The county has reported 9,152 recoveries.
The Texas State Department of State Health Services handles reporting for other North Texas counties. Some of those counties cannot report updates every day.
Latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 1,439 cases, 23 deaths.
- Kauffman County: 2,884 cases, 42 deaths.
- Ellis County: 3,951 cases, 61 deaths.
- Johnson County: 2,615 cases, 46 deaths.
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