Dallas County reported 298 new coronavirus cases Friday, setting another single-day record number. It’s the third time this week that the county has posted an all-time daily high for the pandemic.
The county also recorded 10 new COVID-19 deaths.
County Judge Clay Jenkins noted in a prepared statement Friday this week’s significant increase in cases and deaths. He urged people to take precautionary measures like wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer and staying 6 feet apart.
“Even if you feel invincible, some of the people who are in locations outside your home with you may have high-risk conditions, so please do the simple act of kindness and respect other people’s health in wearing your mask,” he said.
Jenkins referenced this week’s protests over police brutality.
“Many people are finding a way to make their voice heard on the issue of violence and policing outside of protests and on social media, and I encourage as much of that as possible in this age of COVID-19,” he said.
Even so, Jenkins said protesters should also take the usual precautions. Demonstrators who have protested for several days should get tested for the virus, he said.
.@DCHHS reports 298 cases and 10 deaths. Today’s numbers continue a trend of a significant increase in the number of new cases and deaths from the week before; however, the hospitalizations, ICU admissions for #COVID19 and ER visits for #COVID19 still remain flat. pic.twitter.com/9emoLopBdM
— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) June 5, 2020
Seven of those whose deaths were reported Friday lived in Dallas: a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 80s, a man in his 90s, two women in their 90s and a woman in her 100s.
The three others who died were a Carrollton man in his 70s and two Irving men — one in his 70s, the other in his 80s.
Six of those who died lived in area long-term care facilities. Of the county’s total 260 COVID-19 deaths so far, over a third have been associated with long-term care facilities.
The county has recorded a total of 11,541 coronavirus cases during the pandemic.
The numbers of hospitalizations, intensive-care admissions and emergency room visits for suspected cases of COVID-19 remains flat in Dallas County, officials said.
The county’s hospitals have maintained a daily census of about 300 COVID-19 patients this week, Jenkins’ office reported.
Of people who have been hospitalized with the coronavirus in Dallas County, two-thirds have been under age 65, and about half have had a high-risk chronic health condition.
Over 80% of hospitalized patients who reported their employment to the county are “critical infrastructure workers,” which the county defines as people who work in health care, transportation, food and agriculture, public works, finance, communications, clergy, first-responders and other essential functions.
Abbott defends reopening
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday defended his decision to continue to open Texas despite a sharp uptick in cases in Dallas County.
Abbott said during an interview on WFAA-TV (Channel 8) that the increase was the result of expanded and focused testing in places like nursing homes, where people are more likely to contract the virus.
“Don’t be fooled by people who try to mislead you,” he said. “With regard to certain numbers, just because there’s an increase in the number of people testing positive, doesn’t mean the situation has gotten worse. The hospitalization rate has stayed the same.”
On Thursday, Dr. Philip Huang, the county's health department director, said the increase could be attributed to an increase in testing, especially at nursing homes.
However, he and other local health officials view stable hospital numbers less optimistically than does Abbott. While pleased that severe cases haven’t spiked upward, they continue to tell people to stay home, noting that the severe case numbers haven’t trended down.
The county on Friday reported 122 new coronavirus cases and one COVID-19 death — a Fort Worth man in his 50s.
The county has now reported totals of 5,985 coronavirus cases, 174 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 2,158 recoveries from the virus.
The county reported 42 new coronavirus cases Friday, lifting its total to 1,430. No new COVID-19 deaths were reported, leaving the toll at 34.
The county reported 13 new coronavirus cases, one COVID-19 death — a Prosper man in his 60s — and one new recovery from the virus.
Overall, the county has reported 1,467 cases, 33 deaths and 703 recoveries.
The county reported six new cases of coronavirus Friday, lifting its total number of cases to 200. No new deaths were reported
Five of the six people live in Rockwall residents and one lives in Fate. Two are in their 30s, one is in their 40s, one is in their 60s and one person is in their 70s.
The county has recorded a total of 14 COVID-19 deaths, all from the Broadmoor Medical Lodge, a long-term care facility in Rockwall. Meanwhile, the county has reported a total of 171 recoveries from the virus.
The county reported 22 new coronavirus cases, one COVID-19 death and two recoveries Friday. The death was of a Waxahachie man in his 90s who lived at Pleasant Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, a long-term care facility.
Overall, the county has recorded 388 cases, 16 deaths and 314 recoveries.
The county reported 16 new cases of coronavirus Friday, raising its total to 258. No new COVID-19 deaths were reported; that total remains one.
The county also reported four new people who have recovered, pushing that total to 224.
The county reported 10 new coronavirus cases Friday, lifting its total to 216. No new COVID-19 deaths were reported, leaving that total at four.
The county also reported four new people released from isolation for a total of 161 overall.