Updated at 4:12 p.m.: revised to include cases from Denton County.
Dallas County health officials reported 263 coronavirus cases Sunday, the 11th straight day of 200-plus cases for the county. The new number brings the county-wide total to 12,093 cases.
Officials also reported two deaths related to COVID-19: an Irving man in his 20s who had been critically ill at an area hospital who had no underlying health conditions, and a Dallas woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement that those who are participating in large group gatherings such as protests should maintain social distancing practices. Jenkins also said those who participate in protests can be tested free of charge.
“The tests are being done by Parkland and your information will not be shared with law enforcement,” Jenkins said. “Please know your status to protect yourself, your family and the community."
It’s particularly important as people participate in large groups & activities, that they maintain a 6 ft distance. For the protesters, I’ve partnered w/ the @dallasmavs to provide hand sanitizer & masks to everyone who needs them. Please get those from your organizers & use them
— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) June 7, 2020
More than a third of the 264 total deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities, officials said.
Of cases requiring hospitalization who reported employment, more than 80% have been what officials call “critical infrastructure workers.” Occupations for these patients include industries such as healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture and other essential work.
Denton County health officials reported 14 new coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the county-wide total to 1,500 cases. Officials also announced two recoveries, and the death count remained at 33.
Denton County Public Health also announced that they are providing a free drive-through testing center at the University of North Texas on Tuesday, June 9. The testing center will be held at the UNT’s Union Circle parking garage at 350 S. Welch St. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Only those who have symptoms or have been symptomatic within the past 7 days may be tested. Essential employees are also eligible for free testing. Those interested must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585.