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Dallas County reports record 20 deaths from coronavirus, 601 new cases; Tarrant County adds 605 cases

Updated at 6 p.m.: Revised to include Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman and Rockwall counties.

As Texas’ new coronavirus cases surged to a single-day record of 6,975 Tuesday — surpassing the previous high by nearly 1,000 cases — the trend in cities and counties across the state was echoed in North Texas.

Dallas and Tarrant counties recorded daily records, with 601 and 605 cases, respectively, and the disease’s death toll in Dallas County grew by 20, the most officials here have announced on one day.

The number of hospitalized patients across the state grew to 6,533, 10% more than on Monday and three times as many as on June 12.

The state’s numbers are generally a day behind what large counties report, so Texas’ latest case total doesn’t include Tuesday’s numbers from Dallas and Tarrant counties, among others.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health, said Tuesday that areas with recent outbreaks are putting the entire nation at risk. He pointed to recent footage of people flouting basic safety guidelines, including large groups of people socializing without wearing masks.

“We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day,” Fauci said in testimony to the U.S. Senate. “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”

In Dallas County, Tuesday was the fifth consecutive day that cases set a new one-day high, and officials expect that trend to continue.

“What you’re seeing in the numbers today represents the disease five to 14 days ago,” County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “Changes we’ll make today will manifest in two weeks.”

Dallas County

The latest victims in Dallas County include 14 Dallas residents: a man in his 30s, two men in their 40s, a man and a woman in their 60s, three men and a woman in their 70s, a man and two women in their 80s and two women in their 90s who lived at long-term care facilities.

The other victims were a Balch Springs man in his 50s, a Garland woman in her 60s who lived at a long-term care facility, a Garland woman in her 70s, an Irving man in his 40s, a Richardson man in his 30s and a Seagoville man in his 50s who was a resident of a long-term care facility.

Tuesday’s numbers raised the county’s totals to 21,338 confirmed cases — 8.1 for every thousand residents — and 373 deaths. The county does not report a number of recoveries.

The previous one-day record for cases, set Monday, was 572, and the previous high of 16 deaths was announced June 2.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also reached another all-time high in the county, with 619 patients hospitalized Monday — more than double the number who were in hospitals a month earlier.

The county also reported that 34% of emergency room visits Monday — 634 — were for symptoms of the virus.

Jenkins reiterated his call for Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a statewide masking order and to reinstate some restrictions, such as a prohibition on dine-in restaurant service and requiring people who work in office towers to telecommute.

“What we’re saying is to close businesses where you can’t wear a mask 100% of the time,” he said. “That is a very small price medicine is asking us to pay to keep our economy open and people alive.”

Recognizing the hardship another round of closures would put on the region, Jenkins said he is also calling on Congress to extend unemployment benefits and small-business loans to help with payroll and other bills.

On Wednesday, the county’s test site at American Airlines Center near downtown Dallas will close and a new location will open at the University of Dallas in Irving.

The new site will be open only to residents of the city of Dallas and Dallas County, and address verification will be required.

Jenkins said the county’s health department is supervising a vendor with a new lab for the University of Dallas tests, and results should be provided more quickly.

“Faster results give you the chance to make the best decisions for your health and gives our public health experts more timely information to better advise the community,” he said in a written statement.

Testing at the Ellis Davis Field House in Red Bird will continue, with no residence restrictions on who can be tested.

Both sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said in a written statement that the new testing contract ensures that residents can continue to be tested.

“COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly in our community, and testing is a critical part of our response,” Johnson said.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County also announced a record number of cases for a single day Tuesday, with 605.

That raises the county’s total to 12,344 — about 5.9 for every 1,000 residents. The county’s previous high of 517 was recorded Thursday.

County officials said three more Arlington residents have died from COVID-19: two women in their 50s and a man in his 70s. All three had underlying health problems.

In all, 228 county residents have died and 5,219 have recovered from the virus. The county says 474 patients remain hospitalized.

Collin County

Collin County officials reported 115 additional coronavirus cases Tuesday.

The county has had 2,997 total cases, or about 2.9 for every thousand residents.

There have been 42 deaths and 2,265 recoveries. No deaths were reported Tuesday. Officials said 122 patients remain hospitalized.

Officials also reported Tuesday that four juveniles and three employees at the county’s juvenile detention facility tested positive for the virus in recent days.

The juveniles are isolating in a separate wing of the facility, officials said, and the employees are isolating at home. Others who may have had close contact with them also are being isolated.

The county is working to test everyone who works at or is being held at the detention center.

The city of McKinney has implemented a mask mandate for businesses that goes into effect Wednesday — the first city in Collin County to require face coverings — and Plano’s City Council was set to vote on a similar resolution Tuesday night.

Denton County

Officials in Denton County reported 115 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, raising the county’s total to 2,845.

That’s about 3.2 confirmed cases for every 1,000 residents.

No deaths were reported, and the county’s toll remains at 37. The county says 20 patients are hospitalized and 1,153 have recovered.

Other counties

Last week, the Texas Department of State Health Services took over coronavirus reporting for Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis and Johnson counties. Rockwall County has since reported an updated case total slightly higher than the state’s number.

According to the data:

  • Rockwall County has had 367 coronavirus cases, 16 deaths and 181 recoveries.
  • Kaufman County has a total of 586 cases, four deaths and 302 recoveries.
  • Ellis County has seen 820 cases, 19 deaths and 402 recoveries.
  • Johnson County has had 436 cases, four deaths and 215 recoveries.

Staff writer Nic Garcia and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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