The five people whose deaths have been reported include:
- A Garland man in his 50s who had been gravely ill at an area hospital.
- A Dallas man in his 50s who had been gravely ill at an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A Dallas man in his 60s who had been critically ill at an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A Lancaster woman in her 80s who resided in a long-term care facility. She had been hospitalized and suffered from underlying high-risk health conditions.
- A Garland woman in her 80s who had been critically ill at an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
The 540 new cases reported on Friday lowered the county’s 7-day average for the eighth consecutive day to 463 cases per day; the 14-day average, which ended a 10-day streak of decline on Wednesday, fell again on Saturday to 558 cases per day.
The figures reported on Saturday bring the county’s total to 53,831 coronavirus cases and 751 confirmed deaths.
Since March 20, the date of the first reported COVID-19 death in Dallas County, the county has recorded an average of 5.4 deaths per day.
The county also reported 43 probable cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the number of probable cases to 2,072, including a total of 6 probable deaths.
Dallas County is not reporting COVID-19 recoveries as it lacks manpower to follow thousands of patients, however, Texas State Department Health Services is releasing an estimated number of recoveries on its site and list 39,895 for Dallas County as of Saturday, August 8. According to data provided by the state, there are approximately 12,258 active COVID-19 cases in the county.
As of Friday, 588 people in the county in acute care were being treated for the virus. In the 24-hour period ending Friday, there were 551 emergency room visits in the county for people reporting symptoms of COVID-19 – about 24% of all emergency department visits in the county.
More than 2,514 children under the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with confirmed cases of COVID-19 since July 1 and 61 have been hospitalized, according to the county.
Among the cases requiring hospitalization, two-thirds of all COVID-19 patients were under the age of 65 and about half did not have high-risk chronic health conditions. Diabetes is an underlying high-risk health problem reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
The county has been reporting for several weeks now that more than a third of COVID-19-related deaths have occurred among residents of long-term care facilities.
Texas coronavirus case
The locations on the map are approximate county locations and are not intended to identify where infected people live.
Case data comes from a variety of sources, including County Health Services, Texas State Department Health Services, KXAN-TV in Austin, and KPRC-TV in Houston.