COVID-19 Live Updates: Dallas County Reports 263 New Cases; 2 Additional Deaths

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Dallas County Reports 263 New Cases, 2 Additional Deaths

Dallas County on Sunday reported 263 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count to 12,093. Two new deaths were reported – an Irving man in his 20s who did not have underlying high-risk health conditions, as well as a woman in her 90s who lived at a long-term care facility. Countywide, 264 people have died.

Tarrant County on Sunday reported 77 new cases, for a total of 6,150. The county reported two additional deaths -- a Fort Worth man in his 60s and a Benbrook woman in her 70s. Both had underlying health conditions, health officials said. A total of 178 people have died in Tarrant County.

Denton County on Sunday announced 14 new cases for a total of 1,500 confirmed cases. No new deaths were announced. Countywide, there have been 33 deaths.

Denton County Public Health is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in Denton on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until noon. The testing’s available to eligible community members -- those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been symptomatic within the past seven days. All essential employees are also eligible for free testing.  Call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585. Learn more about the county’s testing centers.

In Dallas County, COVID-19 Cases Are On The Rise

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Dallas County.

The county closed out last week with its highest daily average number of new cases -- more than 260 new cases. It was the county's second deadliest week, with 34 deaths tied to COVID-19.

Dr. Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, ties the increase to a statewide push to test everyone in nursing homes.

"There's a lot of asymptomatic positives, and so when we're testing everyone, some of those are coming out, and so we do think that that's probably a cause for some of these latest numbers,” Huang said at a press conference.

Case numbers don't tell the whole story because testing availability and criteria have evolved. Health officials also look at emergency room visits, hospitalizations and ICU admissions. County leaders say those numbers have stayed relatively flat. Officials want to see a 14-day decline before easing the COVID-19 risk level. --Syeda Hasan

289 New Cases In Dallas County 

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 289 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in the county to 11,830, including 262 deaths.

The two deaths reported today include:

A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. She expired in the facility, and had underlying high risk health conditions.

Denton Reports 19 New Cases

Denton County Public Health announced 19 additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the case count in the county to 1,486. 

The county also reported one newly recovered case of COVID-19. 

88 New Cases In Tarrant County

Tarrant County Public Health reported 88 additional cases, raising the total case count in the county to 6,073. There have been 176 deaths related to COVID-19 in the county. 

According to public health officials, 2,566 residents have recovered from the virus. 

Huge Success As Lamar High Among 9 Graduations At AT&T Stadium Thanks To Jones Family

Nearly 50 graduations were scheduled for Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers. 

The Arlington Independent School District wanted to go bigger. 

That's when Jerry Jones stepped in. 

Over 700 seniors graduated from Arlington Lamar High School at AT&T Stadium on Friday, the first day for 2020 ceremonies at Jerry’s World due to the novel coronavirus.

“Well, this isn’t quite what we expected, but here we are. We made it,” valedictorian Jenna Losh said. “Far different than I think any of us could have imagined, but we made it nonetheless.”

Lamar was the first of seven Arlington schools to graduate at AT&T Stadium this weekend, but second of three on Friday. Dallas Jesuit and Highland Park also held their ceremonies.

Arlington, Seguin and Martin will hold their graduations on Saturday. Arlington Collegiate, Bowie and Sam Houston will have their ceremonies on Sunday.

Over 5,000 students will have crossed the stage by Sunday night.

“We would not be here today without the generosity of the Gene and Jerry Jones family foundation, in an act of great kindness,” Lamar principal Andrew Hagman said. “They donated this graduation service for our students and families, and we are beyond grateful.”

Read the full story at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

Dallas County Has Another Record Day Of New Cases — 298

Dallas County is reporting another record day of new COVID-19 cases with 298 additional cases and 10 more deaths. This brings the total case count in Dallas County to 11,541, including 260 deaths.

“Today’s numbers continue a trend of a significant increase in the number of new cases and deaths from the week before,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. “However,  the hospitalizations, ICU admissions for COVID-19 and ER visits for COVID-19 still remain flat.”

Jenkins continues to encourage residents to maintain social distancing when outside the home and wear face coverings.

The additional 10 deaths reported today are described as: 

A Dallas woman in her 20s who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas woman in her 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. An Irvin man in his 70s who lived at a long-term care facility. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Carrollton man in his 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas man in his 80s who lived at a long-term care facility. He had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions. An Irving man in his 80s who lived at a long-term care facility. He had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.   A Dallas woman in her 90s who lived at a long-term care facility where she died. She did not have underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas man in his 90s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas woman in her 90s who lived at a long-term care facility where she died.  A Dallas woman who was over 100 years old. She lived at a long-term care facility where she died.

Tarrant County Reports 122 New Cases

Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 122 new cases of COVID-19, along with one death. This brings the countywide total number of cases to 5,985. The deceased was a Fort Worth man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.

Denton County Reports 13 New Cases

Denton County Public Health is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19, along with one death. This brings the countywide total number of cases to 1,467. The death reported today was a previously reported hospitalized male in his 60s who was a resident of Prosper.

Dallas County Reports 285 New Cases, A New Daily Record

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 285 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of new cases on record. This brings the countywide total to 11,243.

.@DCHHS reports 285 cases and 1 death. Today we saw the highest number of new cases on record for COVID-19. We’ve seen a significant increase this week for the average number of daily cases from last week and it’s up to all of us #FlattenTheCurve. pic.twitter.com/vvyTdSnrBc

— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) June 4, 2020

One additional death is reported — a DeSoto man in his 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital.

Tarrant County Reports 172 New Cases

There are 172 new cases of COVID-19 today in Tarrant County, according to data released by county health officials. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 5,863, including 173 deaths.

19 New Cases In Denton County

Denton County is reporting 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 1,454 confirmed cases, including 32.

According to data from county health officials, 702 residents have recovered from the disease.

Six Flags And Hurricane Harbor Set To Reopen This Month

Six Flags over Texas will welcome back members and season pass holders on June 19. The park will open to the general public on June 22. Six Flags’ water park Hurricane Harbor will reopen to all visitors June 18.

Visitors must make a reservation in advance online, and the park will use those reservations to stagger arrival times to minimize proximity exposure. They’ll also do temperature screenings on all guests and employees, strictly impose social distancing and sanitize more often throughout the park.

Read more on Art&Seek.

Texans Still Face Obstacles To Collecting Unemployment Benefits Months Into The Coronavirus Pandemic's Economic Crisis

Inundated by millions of Texans trying to file claims for unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission has added four external call centers and hired staff to have more than 1,000 workers answering phone calls. The agency has also increased its server capacity from five servers to 20.

But months into the coronavirus pandemic, an unknown number of Texans are still living in the dark about when — or if — payments are coming as they face busy signals, confusing communication or no word at all. Meanwhile, they are staring down mounting bills coming due.

More than 2.3 million Texans have filed unemployment claims since mid-March as the economy is being battered by limited statewide commerce during the pandemic and a downturn in the state’s massive energy industry. Last week, another 106,821 Texans filed for unemployment. Already, the agency has processed more than four typical years' worth of unemployment claims since mid-March. Nationwide, another 1.9 million Americans filed for unemployment last week.

Read the full story at The Texas Tribune.

Sports Venues Can Open To 50% Capacity. What Does That Mean For Texas Teams, Events? 

Texas college sports programs appear to a major beneficiary from Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision Wednesday to expand capacity for sports venues, including indoor arenas, to 50 percent capacity.

The mandate, part of the third phase of the governor’s task force’s plan to reopen the state, also applies to professional sports leagues, whose seasons are either on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic or are in the offseason.

Sports leagues must first approve a safety plan to the state for approval to hold events, and players and fans must follow state guidelines.

While this would appear to give the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros an avenue to allowing fans should there be a 2020 MLB season, the league and players association do not plan to initially allow fans to their games.

The Dallas Stars will also resume their season without fans, according to the NHL’s return-to-play plan, and the Dallas Mavericks will be among the NBA teams that resume their season in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., without fans.

This story was provided by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19's Spread In North Texas 

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