COVID-19 has been diagnosed in approximately 1 in 50 Dallas County residents, according to county data. At the same time, the county reported 508 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths on Wednesday.
A Dallas man in his 40s who did not have an underlying health condition was among the dead, County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement.
“This is a grim reminder that although COVID-19 has a statistically poorer course for high-risk individuals, it can cause serious injury and even death to otherwise healthy individuals,”
The other victims included another Dallas man in the 40s, a Dallas woman in the 60s and an Irving man in the 90s who lived in a medical facility. All three had underlying health conditions.
Far fewer deaths were reported on Wednesday after an almost record 31 were announced on Tuesday. The total death toll is 726.
The county has registered 52,639 cases or coronavirus, or about 1 case for every 50 inhabitants. The county does not report recoveries.
Statewide, Texas reported 236 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,497. The state also reported 8,706 new cases of coronavirus for a total of 459,887.
More than 315,000 people are estimated to have recovered from the virus, according to the Department of State Health Services.
COVID-19 hospital admissions in Texas total 8,455, including 1,497 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to DSHS. In Dallas County, officials said they continue to see increased hospital admissions, with a total of 682 on Tuesday. The county reported 522 emergency visits for symptoms of the virus, which corresponds to approximately 22% of all ER visits.
Jenkins said people should continue to take precautions for the virus such as wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding unnecessary travel. He said masks are not a substitute for maintaining a six foot distance from others.
“If we all work together, more companies will stay open, fewer people will get sick, our finances will improve and our children can go back to school sooner,” he said.
The county announced Wednesday that it is adding probable cases to its total number of coronavirus cases, resulting in a record 1,673 new cases reported for the day. The county now lists 1,608 probable cases.
The county said in a written statement that the adjustment is due to a new state requirement that will probably be included in totals.
“This is not a peak,” the statement said, noting that the county expects to return to normal reporting levels on Thursday.
The county also added eight new coronavirus deaths and pushed the county over the 400 death limit. The victims include three Arlington residents – two women in the 70s and 80s and a man in the 80s; two Fort Worth women in their 40s and 60s; a Southlake woman in the 80s; a Haltom City man in his 50s; and a Sansom Park woman in her 40s. All had underlying health conditions.
The county’s total number is now 404 deaths and 31,835 cases, or about 15.1 for every 1,000 inhabitants.
According to county data, 495 people have been hospitalized with the virus and 18,886 have recovered.
Abbott looks ahead
At the Amarillo CBS affiliate KFDA, text astronomer Greg Abbott said one reason the coronavirus case is moving in the right direction is that Texans have taken the virus seriously. He said that if Texas can fall below and maintain a positivity below 10%, the restrictions can be lifted, allowing more people to return to work.
At the nursing home, Abbott told the KFDA that Texas is about to have tests that will yield results as fast as 15 minutes in some locations, the KDFW reported. He also hinted at the possibility of easing the visit restrictions.
“I anticipate that an announcement will be made in the coming days, perhaps as early as next week, and talk about how nursing homes can be opened so that loved ones will be able to visit them,” the KFDA Abbott reported, saying.
On Dallas’ KDFW-TV (Channel 4), Abbott warned that if the upcoming flu season is as severe as last year, hospitals will face serious challenges.
But speaking optimistically on the vaccine front, he said that treatments and vaccines in the pipeline for possible release in the coming months will help produce herd immunity, KDFW reported.
The county reported 124 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. It also reported the death of coronavirus – a McKinney man in the 70s who had an underlying health condition.
The figures increase the county’s total to 85 deaths and 6,867 cases or about 6.6 for every 1,000 inhabitants.
Hospital admissions for the virus are 147, while 4,983 people have recovered, according to county data.
The county reported 130 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. No new deaths were reported, leaving the county toll at 56.
The county has now seen 7,257 cases or about 8.2 for every 1,000 inhabitants. 64 people are in hospital with the virus and 4,186 have recovered, according to county data.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for other North Texas counties. Some of these counties may not report daily updates. The latest issues are:
- Rockwall County: 837 cases, 17 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 2,007 cases, 22 deaths.
- Ellis County: 2,691 cases, 37 deaths.
- Johnson County: 1,730 cases, 30 deaths.
The city of Forney announced this week that it will not host events for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic. The city postponed the September 26 Trace Adkins concert to May 14. Visit the point of purchase for ticket subsidies, the city said.
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