Dallas County reports fourth-deadliest week of pandemic as daily average cases rise

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 surged to over 58,000 in Dallas County on Saturday, capping a week in which the average number of days exceeded the previous week by about a third.

It was also the fourth deadliest week in the county with 73 reported deaths, Dallas County Health and Human Services reported. There were a total of 824 deaths.

By 11 a.m. on Saturday, officials had added 754 more positive cases of COVID-19 to those reported on Friday, bringing the week’s daily average to 605. The daily average for the past week was 463.

In total, the district has reported 58,067 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

The nationwide death toll from the coronavirus approached 10,000 on Saturday, with 238 deaths adding up to 9,840.

The Texas Department of Health said the number of reported cases had increased by 8,245 to 528,838. The actual number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest that people can be infected and not feel sick.

State health officials said Saturday that 6,481 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The number of hospitalizations has declined from the July peak at 10,893 and the number of newly reported cases is falling.

Dallas County officials reported eight more deaths on Saturday. They included a Dallas man in his 50s; a Cedar Hill man and an Irving woman, both in their 60s; a man from Dallas and a man from Garland, both in their 70s; a man in his eighties who lived in a long-term care facility in Grand Prairie; and a man and woman, both in their 90s, who lived in long-term care facilities in Dallas.

All eight had health problems and all had been hospitalized except for the man in his eighties who died in hospice care.

“We are in the hottest part of summer and this is a rough summer for all of us,” said Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge. “We need everyone focused on being COVID-safe. The best way to do this is to practice good self-care and find things that make you laugh.”

Tarrant County officials reported an increase of 1,443 new cases on Saturday. The rise in cases is due to a backlog with the Texas Department of Health, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The district also expects an increase in restorations in the next few days.

Saturday’s numbers bring the county’s total cases to 37,072. Tarrant County has also reported a total of 451 deaths, although no new deaths have been reported since Wednesday.

A day after 1,175 new coronavirus cases were reported, Collin County officials reported 395 new cases on Saturday. The county said on Friday that reported numbers could fluctuate over the next few days due to a backlog of cases published at the state level.

The county has now reported 10,007 confirmed cases, including a total of 5,364 recoveries. 132 people are being hospitalized for COVID-19, while a total of 98 people have died, according to Collin County.

Denton County announced 86 new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths on Saturday.

The county now has 8,300 registered cases, including 82 total deaths. There are 2,845 active cases in the county and 5,373 recoveries.

Rockwall County announced a free test for mouth swabs with coronavirus on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fate City Hall, 1900 CD Boren Pkwy.

Anyone can be tested, and results are expected in three to five days. Appointments are required. Visit texas.curativeinc.com/welcome.

The Texas Department of Health has provided coverage for other counties in North Texas. Some may not report updates every day. The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 1,105 cases, 15 deaths
  • Kaufman County: 2,446 cases, 30 deaths
  • Ellis County: 3,255 cases, 50 deaths
  • Johnson County: 2,159 cases, 33 deaths

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Correction Aug 16 at 6:06 p.m .: An earlier version of this story states that Collin County has reported 403 new coronavirus cases. The correct number is 395 cases.

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