COVID-19 live updates: Dallas County reports 75 new cases, 4 additional deaths

North Texas has surpassed 6,000 cases of the novel coronavirus.

Dallas County health officials confirm 75 more people have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total case count to 2,909.

“Today is the last day of the week and each day this week had a lower number of positive cases than the average daily the week before,” County Judge Clay Jenkins said.

Four additional deaths were also reported Saturday afternoon, bringing the death toll to 81. 

A man in his 60s who lived in Garland and was hospitalized.A man in his 70s who lived in Carrollton and was hospitalized. Two of the patients lived at long-term care facilities in Dallas and had been also been hospitalized: A man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s.  

Throughout the week, case numbers in Dallas County remained lower than last week’s daily average. 

But on Friday, Tarrant County health officials reported its highest single-day total of cases.

Non-essential businesses in Texas are also heading into their first weekend under an executive order that allows curbside pickup or delivery.  

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott plans on announcing his next steps in opening the state’s economy.

During a news conference earlier this month, Abbott emphasized these would be gradual steps and not everything would open at once. 

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Top updates for Saturday, April 25:

Colleyville businesses were among the first in Texas to partially reopen Friday, the same day Tarrant County reported its highest single total of positive cases.New guidelines for usage of the Katy Trail continue this weekend. Residents with last names beginning with letters A to L can access the trail Thursdays and Saturdays. Residents with last names beginning with M through Z can access the trail Fridays and Sundays.

Tarrant County reports 130 new cases, 4 more deaths 

Four more residents in Tarrant County have died from COVID-19, health officials announced Saturday.

The victims include a man in his 60s  and woman in her 70s from Fort Worth, a man in his 40s from Azle and a woman in her 90s from Grapevine.

The county also reported 130 new cases, bringing its total to 1836.

So far, 52 people have died from the novel coronavirus and 283 people have recovered.

Dallas officer recovers from coronavirus

An officer with the Dallas Police Department returned to work Saturday morning after battling COVID-19 and pneumonia. 

During his time being sick, Kevin Thomas lost 20 lbs and spent 10 days at the hospital, including several of those days in the ICU.  

Thomas says he was at work when he started feeling sick and went home. He then developed a fever and wasn’t doing well, so he went to the hospital.

“I’d say to take it seriously. Wear your mask. Wear your gloves. Six feet distancing, it’s no joke. I didn’t take it seriously at first, so take it seriously. That is my advice,” he said.

Saturday morning his family released balloons at the start of his shift and prayed with him.

RELATED: ‘I love the support’: Dallas officer’s family celebrates his return to work after battle with COVID-19

Business owner continues to operate Dallas salon 

A Dallas hair salon owner was issued a citation Friday after reopening her business, violating local and state executive orders to stay at home. 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins also sent a cease and desist letter, telling Shelley Luther that she had to close Salon A la Mode.

She says she plans to remain open, despite the citation and being ordered to close.  

Saturday morning, Luther continued to operate her salon as usual. Customers and hairstylists are required to get their temperature checked and wear masks. 

Luther also plans on speaking at 3 p.m. at a rally in Frisco. 

RELATED: Dallas salon owner ordered to close after reopening against stay-at-home orders

Health experts recommend taking the following actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Practice “social distancing” and stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid large public gatheringsAvoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the U.S.

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