Dallas County Adds 544 New COVID-19 Cases Wednesday, 7 More Deaths – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

1July 2020

Dallas County is reporting another 544 brand-new COVID-19 cases Wednesday in addition to seven more deaths, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“Today’s seven deaths consist of a female in her 20s and a male in his 50s with no hidden health conditions, a somber suggestion of the unsafe nature of COVID-19 on everyone,” Jenkins said Wednesday.

The seven newest victims include:

  • A Dallas lady in her 20s who had been critically ill in an area hospital who did not have underlying health conditions.
  • A Dallas lady in her 40s who had been seriously ill in a location hospital who had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas male in his 50s who had actually been hospitalized and did not have high-risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas lady in her 60s who had hidden health conditions who was found deceased at home.
  • A DeSoto male in his 60s with underlying high-risk health conditions who had been seriously ill in an area hospital.
  • A Seagoville guy in his 70s who was a resident of a long-lasting care facility. The guy had hidden high-risk health conditions and had actually been seriously ill at a location health center.
  • A Dallas lady in her 80s who had underlying high-risk health conditions and had actually been hospitalized.

The 544 cases reported Wednesday snaps a five-day run of record-setting brand-new cases being reported by the county. The 7-day average for brand-new cases is now 535 cases per day, up from approximately 209 each day on June 1. In the last week, Dallas County has actually included 3,747 new cases of the virus.

Because June 1, Dallas County has actually reported 54 validated cases in kids and staff from 26 separate day care facilities.

The boost in cases comes as the state’s positivity rate, the percentage of individuals testing favorable for the infection, reached nearly 15% Sunday, a high not seen since mid-April.

An increase in the positivity rate suggests an increase in the spread of the virus, not a boost in testing for the infection.

Rather of focusing on the raw case numbers, however, Jenkins has actually recommended the focus should be on the increasing variety of hospitalizations in North Texas and throughout the state.

On Wednesday, the county reported 532 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the county, 87 less than on Tuesday. Of the lower number, the county stated, “these numbers seem considerably lower due to a concern related to reporting and unfortunately, will likely increase when the variety of reporting facilities returns to typical.”

According to the county’s latest bi-weekly public health summary, the variety of ICU admissions in the county for the week ending June 20 was 52, up from 43 the week before. Hospitalizations through June 20 were also up, nearing 250 for the week.

The county has actually now accumulated more than 21,800 cases of the infection since testing started in March. There have been 380 deaths attributed in the county to the infection, which, according to Dallas County Health and Person Providers Director Dr. Philip Huang, is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the county behind illness of the heart and cancers.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Solutions, an approximated 12,713 people (through Tuesday) in the county have actually recovered from the infection leaving an estimated 8,511 known patients battling the infection.

County officials have actually said more than half of the new cases reported have actually been young adults between the ages of 18 and 39.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday said Texans should buckle down as 4th of July weekend techniques. In an interview with NBC 5 on Tuesday afternoon, he advised North Texans to take safety measures over the vacation weekend and understand that, “anybody you enter contact with might have COVID-19.”

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday prompted Texans to wear a mask and comply with social distancing standards as the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state surge.

“If we have a duplication of Memorial Day it’s going to be a problem,” Abbott stated. “We’re not handling pockets of growth of COVID. Instead, we’re dealing with neighborhood spread.”

Jenkins reiterated the governor’s message Wednesday stating, “we can not manage another variance from making great choices like we saw throughout Easter/Passover and Memorial Day offered the rise in cases we are now seeing. That must not occur this weekend. If it does, our healthcare facilities are at threat of being overrun later, many more people will get sick and die, and our economy will be held up for months.”

“I require you, your family needs you and your neighborhood requires you to make strong choices,” Jenkins stated. “If you lead a household, please ensure that everyone in your family practices a safe fourth of July by being around only those individuals you are in close contact with day-to-day and using a mask and maintaining six-foot distancing.”

Jenkins has urged the governor to establish a statewide required for masks, but Abbott continues to simply ask people to use them instead of make it a requirement statewide.

“If we all wear a mask like this every day, we can together continue help individuals earn incomes while keeping people safe and slowing the spread of the coronavirus,” Abbott stated.

Efficient June 19, the Dallas County Commissioners Court mandated that all customers and staff members wear face coverings while within businesses inside Dallas County. If individuals refuse, business could face a fine.

“Everyone should wear a mask 100% of the time when you’re around individuals outside your home. Avoid unneeded journeys. Ask yourself if the trip is a desire or a need. Make lists when going to the supermarket so that you go shopping just possible and avoid in-person activities such as dining and indoor exercise where you or others are not wearing a mask 100% of the time,” Jenkins stated Monday. “We’re seeing significant growth throughout Texas and here in North Texas in the number of COVID-19 cases and if this trend doesn’t reverse, it’ll have a very serious and negative effect on public health and our economy.”

To date, of cases requiring hospitalization who reported employment, 83% have actually been crucial infrastructure workers, with a broad series of impacted occupational sectors, consisting of healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, public works, finance, communications, clergy, initially responders and other essential functions.

Of cases requiring hospitalization, two-thirds have actually been under 65 years of age, and about half do not have high-risk persistent health conditions. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a 3rd of all hospitalized clients with COVID-19.

The county has been reporting for several weeks now that more than a 3rd of the deaths connected to COVID-19 have been among citizens of long-term care centers.

NBC 5’s Claire Cardona and Candace Sweat added to this report.Source: nbcdfw.com

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