Three more people in Dallas County have died after testing positive for COVID-19, health officials reported Saturday, raising the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county to 210.
Dallas County Health and Human Services also reported 172 more cases of the noval coronavirus, which totaled the county to 8,649. An estimated 4,250 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Dallas County, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The three people who died were a Richardson man in the 70s, a Seagoville woman in the 80s and a Mesquite man in the 80s, health officials said.
The Richardson man and the Mesquite man were both resident in long-term care facilities and had underlying high-risk health risks. The Seagoville woman had no known underlying condition, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.
The 172 cases reported Saturday dropped the average daily number of new coronavirus cases in Dallas County to 200 for the week – from an average of 233 daily cases last week, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The county reported 40 deaths this week, an increase of 13 compared to last week’s 27.
“Hospital admissions for COVID-19, ICU inpatients and visits to emergency rooms for COVID-19 symptoms have remained flat for the past week. Overall, this week has been good news and hopefully we will start to see a decline, but it is completely up to you, “Jenkins said in a written statement. “We all have to make good decisions and not focus on what is legal, but on what is safe.”
Of COVID-19 cases that required hospitalization among people who reported employment, more than 80% were critical infrastructure workers, according to DCHHS.
Jenkins emphasized that DCHHS recommends that residents avoid large crowds, and if they must be in the crowd, that they wear a face covering and maintain 6-foot social distance.