Dallas County reports 16 new coronavirus deaths, 1,029 cases as hospitalizations and ER visits remain high
Updated at 6:30 PM: Revised to include Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties.
Dallas County reported 16 additional coronavirus deaths and 1,029 new cases on Wednesday. It was the sixth day in a row with at least 1,000 new cases.
District Judge Clay Jenkins issued a written statement stating that a woman in their twenties and a man in their forties, with neither underlying health conditions, were among the victims.
“This is an extremely critical time in our fight against COVID-19,” said Jenkins. “We expect more cases in the coming days and how high this increase is depends on whether each of us does our part.”
The county had a total of 29,160 cases, or about 11.1 per 1,000 residents and 426 deaths, from the virus. The county is not reporting any COVID-19 recoveries.
Six of the youngest victims were Dallas residents: a woman in her fifties who lived in a long-term care facility, a man in her sixties, a man and two women in their seventies, and a man in his eighties who lived in a long-term care facility.
Five more lived in Grand Prairie: a woman in her twenties, a man in her forties, a woman in her fifties, a woman in her sixties, and a woman in her seventies.
The other victims were a Coppell woman in her sixties, a Farmers Branch woman in her forties, a Garland man in her fifties, a Garland woman in her eighties, and a Mesquite woman in her eighties who lived in a long-term care facility .
The number of emergency rooms for COVID-19 symptoms rose by nearly 200 to 786 on Tuesday, representing nearly 35% of visits. Hospital stays for the disease were at a record high of 771, officials said.
District officials said the case load weighs on health facilities and providers.
Jenkins said the government should do its part: “It means following the advice of both medical experts charged with treating COVID-19 patients in our hospitals and health officials in those affected by COVID-19 – Increase in the most affected counties. ”
He said that in order for other people to do their part, they should always wear a mask outside of their homes and around others.
Jenkins also said people should use the county’s color-coded table, which lists the activities allowed in the state and doctors’ advice on what to do safely.
“It’s the best resource for answering questions about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it,” said Jenkins.
The chart is updated regularly to take into account age and underlying health conditions, he said.
To overcome this, people need to move from selfishness to victim, he said.
“Our church does an excellent job of wearing a mask and showing grace and kindness to one another,” said Jenkins. “We have to do more to keep our economy moving and to keep as many people as possible healthy.”
Tarrant County reported six coronavirus deaths and 595 new cases on Wednesday.
Three of the victims were Fort Worth residents: two men in their sixties and one woman in their 90s. A man from Arlington in his eighties, a man from the Grand Prairie in his sixties, and a man in his fifties with an unknown address also died. All had underlying health conditions, officials said.
The county reported that 635 people will be hospitalized with the virus.
Tarrant County has confirmed 16,180 cases – about 7.7 per 1,000 population -, 254 deaths from the virus and 7,018 recoveries.
On Wednesday, Collin County officials reported three new coronavirus deaths, bringing the county’s population to 53.
The victims were a Dallas man in his 60s and two McKinney men in their 70s and 80s.
The county also reported 123 new cases, bringing the total to 3,948, which is roughly 3.8 per 1,000 residents.
182 people are hospitalized with the virus and 3,101 people have recovered, according to Collin County.
Denton County reported 123 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to 3,582, or about 4 per 1,000 population.
Officials did not report any new deaths, leaving the virus count at 37. 92 patients remain in the hospital.
The county has reported 1,290 recoveries from the disease.
The Texas Department of Health recently took over reporting of coronavirus cases for several counties in North Texas.
The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 420 cases, 16 deaths.
- Kaufman County: 874 cases, five deaths.
- Ellis County: 1,351 cases, 19 deaths.
- Johnson County: 737 cases, four deaths.