Updated 3:41 p.m.: Revised to include Denton County cases.
Updated at 6:47 p.m.: Revised to include Rockwall County.
Dallas County health officials reported 181 new positive coronavirus cases Saturday, along with four deaths.
The deaths include an Irving man in his 20s, a Richardson man in his 70s and a Grand Prairie man in his 70s who had all been critically ill in area hospitals. The fourth death was of a man in his 90s who lived at a long-term care facility in Mesquite. County health officials didn’t name the facility.
The new cases represent a slight decrease after the county’s single-day high of 187 cases Friday. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins noted that the higher case counts came without a significant increase in testing capacity.
The daily average of new cases jumped from 84 last week to 141 this week, Jenkins said. There was also a 38% increase in deaths this week compared to last, he said.
“All this points to the need to follow CDC and local health department recommendations,” Jenkins said in a written statement. “Before the governor’s order opening more businesses, medical models had targeted the next few days as our peak with declines expected in mid-May. Increased activity makes this harder to achieve, but it’s still possible if we all make smart decisions and follow the advice of the scientists that have spent their adult lives preparing for this moment.”
Dallas County has recorded 110 deaths, 40% of them associated with long-term care facilities. The county has recorded 3,899 positive cases.
A detailed demographic report of the county’s coronavirus cases released Friday showed that about one-quarter of patients have been hospitalized, about half of which have had at least one chronic, high-risk health condition. Of hospitalized patients, 65% have been younger than 65.
Of hospitalized patients who reported employment, nearly 80% have been critical infrastructure workers in sectors including health care, transportation, food and agriculture, public works and law enforcement, county health officials said.
Collin County health officials reported 19 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, lifting its total during the pandemic to 784. The number of deaths remained at 22.
The number of residents who have successfully recovered from the virus rose to 516, officials said.
Denton County health officials reported 13 new coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 799. The county also said two more people have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 391.
Cases at the Denton State Supported Living Center remain at 54, while the total number of cases at long-term care facilities stands at 19, officials said.
Tarrant County health officials reported two more COVID-19 deaths Saturday, along with 115 new positive cases.
The two deaths are of a Keller man in his 50s and a Fort Worth man in his 60s. Both had underlying health conditions, the county said.
“Our condolences go out to the families,” Dr. Vinny Taneja, the county’s public health director, said in a written statement.
The county has recorded 71 deaths related from the virus and 2,503 positive cases. A total of 583 people have recovered.
Even though stay-at-home orders expired Thursday, Taneja encouraged residents to continue to stay at home as much as possible and to follow public health guidelines like frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing a mask in public.
Officials in Rockwall County are reporting two more positive cases of COVID-19 cases, bringing the countywide total to 100. Both individuals are in Royse City, one in their 20s and the other in their 40s.
In-person services to the public at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices will remain closed until at least June 4, according to the agency’s website.
USCIS closed its offices March 18 per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“USCIS plans to begin reopening our offices on or after June 4, unless the public closures are extended further,” the website says.
While regular in-person appointments are not available, people can still submit applications and petitions on the agency’s online portal, where applicants also can check status on their cases.
On its website, the agency lists citizenship and green card applications as their most demanded forms.
USCIS also provides emergency services in special situations on an appointment-only basis.
Staff writer Marc Ramirez contributed to this report.