Dallas County health officials reported more than 200 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, with the total number eclipsing 70,000 even as cases trend downward.
As of early Thursday afternoon the county listed 219 new confirmed cases, including five new deaths. The five — residents of Dallas, Richardson, Garland and Cedar Hill – were men ranging from their 50s to their 70s who had been hospitalized for other health conditions.
Fifty-nine of the new confirmed cases came from a backlog caused by coding issues in the state’s reporting system. That backlog added 18 June cases, 36 from July and five from this month.
“Today’s new COVID-19 positive numbers continue a trend of lower cases,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
The county also reported that 531 school-aged children had been positively diagnosed with the coronavirus between Aug. 1 and Aug. 14. About 57 percent (302) were projected to attend Dallas ISD schools, and about half were of high-school age, officials said.
In all, Dallas County has reported 70,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 895 deaths.
Tarrant County added nine COVID-19 deaths and 247 new cases Thursday.
The victims included six Arlington residents: two men in their 50s, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s, two men in their 80s and a woman in her 90s. The remaining victims were a Euless woman in her 80s, a Grand Prairie man in his 80s and a Mansfield woman in her 90s.
The county has now had 40,777 cases of the virus, including 2,133 probable cases. There have been 523 deaths and 34,116 recoveries. There are 282 people currently hospitalized with the virus.
Collin County added 46 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday evening, as well as one death.
The county has now had 10,570 cases of the virus and 106 deaths. Eighty-three patients are hospitalized.
A notice that the county “lacks confidence” in the data being provided by the state remains on the county’s dashboard. The notice says the active case count on the dashboard is “significantly overstated” and that the state is working to correct the issues in reporting, but gave no timeline for when it may be corrected.
Two more deaths have been reported in Denton County due to COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 100, officials announced Thursday.
Both victims, a man and a woman, were in their 70s.
The county confirmed 201 new COVID-19 cases in all, about half of which remain active, pushing Denton County’s total number of confirmed cases to 9,475.
“As we grieve our 99th and 100th passing of community members, we want to emphasize both the severity of COVID-19 deaths and the obvious value of prevention,” said Matt Richardson, the county’s public health director. “Masks and physical distancing are a commitment to caring for others—a minor sacrifice when lives are at stake.”
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