Dallas County reports rising coronavirus hospitalizations, more than 1,000 new cases for 5th straight day
Updated at 7pm: Revised to include an updated total from Ellis County.
Dallas County reported 1,077 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday – the fifth straight day the county added at least 1,000 cases but about 11% fewer new cases than on Monday (1,214).
The county also reported nine other deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Five of the victims were residents of long-term care facilities: two men in their eighties and one woman in their seventies from DeSoto, a man from Dallas in their seventies, and a Mesquite man in their nineties.
The remaining four deaths were a man in their sixties and a woman in their eighties from Dallas and two men in their sixties and nineties from Mesquite.
Dallas County has confirmed a total of 28,131 cases of the virus – or about 10.7 per thousand population – and 410 deaths. The county is not reporting any COVID-19 recoveries.
Hospital stays and emergency rooms because of the virus represent an “enormous burden” for health institutions and service providers, according to health authorities.
Almost 100 additional hospitalizations in Dallas County for COVID-19 were reported Tuesday for a total of 756 coronavirus patients.
The county said ER visits for the virus were also high – 604 – which is 30% of all visits. Health officials said monitoring hospital stays, emergency rooms and intensive care admissions as key indicators of the extent to which the virus is spreading.
District Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that the virus is spreading rapidly in the area.
“We will do this together through Dallas by making sure that belief in science overcomes fear of the unknown, that prayer replaces panic, and sacrifice for the good of the community replaces our selfish desires,” he said.
According to Jenkins, doctors strongly advise people not to dine in restaurants or visit places such as bowling alleys, arcades, amusement parks, concert halls, sports venues, cinemas, gyms, and public swimming pools.
He also said that people should always have a mask on hand in public.
“Please wear your mask when you are around anyone outside of your family and please bring face covering … as you may run into other people or unexpectedly,” he said.
Ten coronavirus deaths were reported in Tarrant County on Tuesday.
Four of the victims lived in Fort Worth: a man in his thirties, a woman in his fifties, a man in his seventies, and a man in his eighties. The other victims were a man in their sixties and a woman in their eighties from Arlington, two Grand Prairie men in their fifties and nineties, and two Mansfield women in their eighties.
The count of viruses is now 248.
The county also reported 757 new coronavirus cases. There were a total of 15,585 cases, or about 7.4 per 1,000 population.
According to the district, 585 patients are being hospitalized and 6,686 have recovered.
Officials in Collin County reported three more coronavirus deaths Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 50.
The youngest victims were a Fairview man in his 70s, a Plano man in his 60s, and a Princeton man in his 70s.
The county also reported 118 new cases. In Collin County, 3,825 cases have been confirmed, which is roughly 3.7 per 1,000 population.
The county says 182 patients are staying in the hospital and 2,918 have recovered.
Denton County officials reported 56 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 3,459 – about 3.9 people per 1,000 residents.
No new deaths have been reported, bringing the number of deaths caused by the virus to 37.
According to the county, 72 people have been hospitalized with the virus and 1,268 have recovered.
The Texas Department of Health recently took over reporting of coronavirus cases for several counties in North Texas.
According to the latest state report:
- Rockwall County: 403 cases, 16 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 828 cases, five deaths.
- Ellis County: 1,300 cases, 19 deaths.
- Johnson County: 553 cases, four deaths.