As Dallas County on Saturday reported a one-day high of 1,267 new coronavirus cases – after four consecutive days of reporting fewer than 750 cases – County Judge Clay Jenkins again called on Governor Greg Abbott to take action. stronger measures to fight the pandemic.
The county also reported 18 more deaths, making it the deadliest week of the outbreak to date.
The most recent victims include four Dallas residents: a man in his thirties, a man in his sixties, a man in his sixties and a woman in her 80s; a DeSoto woman in his sixties, a Duncanville man in his forties, a Grand Prairie man in his fifties, a Lancaster man in his sixties and a Mesquite man in his sixties. The deaths also include two residents of Garland, a man in his sixties and a man in his sixties.
The other victims were residents of long-term care homes. Four lived in facilities in Dallas and included a man in his 50s, a woman in his 60s, a man in his 60s and a woman in the 90s; two lived at the DeSoto facility – one male in his 60s and one in his 80s; and one victim, a man in his 60s, lived in a facility in Cedar Hill.
The county has now had 46,013 cases, or about 17.5 cases per 1,000 people, including 604 deaths. The county does not report the number of recoveries.
By Tuesday, the county had reported more than 1,000 new cases for 18 straight days.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins urged residents to continue wearing masks in public and to avoid unnecessary travel and errands.
“I know today’s numbers are disappointing, but if we continue to do what science tells us is necessary to protect ourselves, we’ll see benefits,” Jenkins said in a prepared statement. “I call the governor again [Greg] Abbott to listen to the advice doctors gave last month to shut down all businesses where masks cannot be worn 100 percent of the time.
Jenkins also encouraged people in the county to order take-out from local restaurants, as a decrease in restaurant patrons has resulted in loss of income at restaurants.
The county said detailed data on hospitalizations, ICU admissions and emergency room visits for symptoms of COVID-19 – three metrics used to monitor the outbreak’s progress – would not be available for the next few days due to changes implemented by the state health department.
Statewide, 6,020 cases were reported on Saturday, along with 168 deaths, both down from the totals for the previous three days. Hospitalizations also dropped slightly to 9,827, although the state said data was incomplete due to changes in reporting methods.
Tarrant County reported 15 more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the county’s death toll to 344.
The most recent victims include six residents of Grapevine – one woman in her 80s, three men in her 80s and two women in her 90s; two women from Arlington – one in her sixties and one in her nineties; five Fort Worth residents – two women in their 50s, a man in their 60s and two men in their 50s; and two men from Lake Worth in their 70s.
The county also reported 584 new cases of the virus, bringing the number of positive cases to 25,146, or about 12 per 1,000 people. A total of 11,956 people have recovered and 737 people are hospitalized.
Collin County reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, along with one death.
The most recent victim was an 84-year-old man who died at Founders Plaza Nursing and Rehab in Wylie, the county said in a press release.
The county now has 5,762 cases of the virus, or about 5.6 per 1,000 people, including 74 deaths. There have been 4,415 recoveries and 172 people are hospitalized.
Denton County reported 128 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as two deaths.
The most recent victims were a Roanoke woman in her 80s and a man in her 80s who lived in an unincorporated area of Denton County.
The county now has 6,043 cases of the virus, or about 6.8 per 1,000 residents, including 49 deaths. A total of 3,276 people have recovered, according to county data.
Coronavirus reports for many counties in North Texas have been supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and they may not report updated totals each day. The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 673 cases, 17 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 1,440 cases, five deaths.
- Ellis County: 2,268 cases, 21 deaths.
- Johnson County: 1,234 cases, 7 deaths.
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