Updated at 6:30 p.m.: Revised to include new Collin County cases.
Updated at 7:48 p.m.: Revised to include new Ellis County cases.
Three more coronavirus-deaths among Dallas County residents were reported Friday, along with 105 new cases of the illness, health officials said.
One of the deaths was a woman in her 90s who was at a long-term care facility in Dallas. The others two were Dallas men in their 80s.
All three had underlying conditions and had been hospitalized, officials said.
The three deaths, which increase the county’s total to 25, are the most reported in a single day.
Dallas County, which has had 1,537 total cases of COVID-19, released updated detailed information about its cases Friday.
By age, 24% of COVID-19 patients in Dallas County have been older than 60, 39% are 41-60, 35% are 18-40, and just 2% are 17 or younger.
About 28% of the county’s COVID-19 patients have required hospitalization at some point.
More than two-thirds of those needing hospitalization — 69% — were older than 60 or had at least one underlying high-risk health condition. Diabetes is the most common such condition and was reported in 30% of hospitalized patients.
For the week ending April 4, 14.3% of coronavirus tests performed by Dallas County hospitals were positive, officials said. The previous week, that number was 11.5%.
Testing sites close for holiday
Dallas County’s two drive-through testing sites will be closed Sunday in observance of Easter, officials said.
The sites, at American Airlines Center near downtown Dallas and Ellis Davis Field House in Red Bird, will reopen Monday.
The locations are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Each is limited to 250 tests per day.
People who have three COVID-19 symptoms — a fever of at least 99.6 degrees, a cough and shortness of breath — can get tested.
Walgreens testing sites
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced Friday afternoon that some North Texas Walgreens locations will gain drive-through testing capabilities. He said he spoke with the chain earlier in the day.
The specific number of locations and when they’ll become available is still to be determined, Jenkins said, adding that he’d have more information on Monday.
“We had originally been left off the list for the 15-minute Walgreen test,” he said, “But we made our case to them yesterday. … The head of testing texted back today and said it had been cleared through [Health and Human Services]. And so we’ll have sites.”
Jenkins referenced sites possibly “around I-20” and also “a site that is in one of our red zones in the northern part of the county.”
A resident of Lakeside was Tarrant County’s 21st death from complications of coronavirus, county health officials reported Friday.
The man, who was in his 80s, had underlying health conditions, officials said.
The county reported 68 new cases Friday and has had 705 positive cases overall. So far, 90 patients have recovered.
“The measures we’re following are working, so everyone needs to stay the course,” Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said, referring to the county’s shelter-at-home order and social-distancing guidelines.
Lakeside has had three total cases so far, with two recoveries and one death, county statistics show.
A Lewisville man in his 60s was Denton County’s 10th death related to the coronavirus, officials said Friday.
“We hope everyone will take a moment to keep our fellow residents affected by this pandemic in your thoughts and prayers,” County Judge Andy Eads said in a written statement. “The seriousness of taking precautions cannot be overstated. With community spread endemic in our county, we must take the necessary steps to ensure we do not contribute to the problem.”
The county also reported 28 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 454. Of those, 131 patients have recovered.
One of the new patients was an inmate at the Denton County Jail, officials said. Authorities are following protocols to isolate that person, Sheriff Tracy Murphree said in a statement.
There also was one new case among residents at the Denton State Supported Living Center, which is home to one of the largest outbreaks in the state. Fifty-one residents and 47 staff members have tested positive.
Officials in Collin County reported 19 additional COVID-19 cases Friday, as well as the county’s seventh death.
The patient who died was a 90-year-old McKinney man with underlying health conditions, officials said.
“All of us at Collin County are saddened at the report of the seventh COVID-19 death within our community,” County Judge Chris Hill said in a written statement. “To his family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
The county has had 425 total cases, and 194 people have recovered from the virus.
Five more Rockwall residents have tested positive for the virus, Rockwall County officials said Friday.
One of the patients is in their 20s, one is in their 30s, two are in their 40s and one is in their 50s. No further information was released.
There have been 24 total COVID-19 cases in Rockwall County.
Johnson County officials said Friday that one new case of the coronavirus had been reported in Burleson.
No further information about the patient was available.
The county has reported 31 total cases, with 17 of them among Burleson residents.
Officials in Ellis County are reporting eight additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 71.
The new cases include three more in Waxahachie, where 10 new cases were reported Thursday. In addition, there are two more in Midlothian and Red Oak, and one in Ennis.
Candidate’s father dies
A North Texas candidate for state House told supporters Friday that his father died from COVID-19 after contracting the virus while being treated in the hospital for a fall.
In an email, Democratic candidate Tom Adair said he and his siblings spoke on the phone with his father before he died because visitors were not allowed in the hospital. The location was not disclosed.
Adair, a lawyer, is running for House District 67 and faces real estate agent Lorenzo Sanchez in the Democratic primary runoff, which was delayed until July because of the coronavirus pandemic. The winner will face off against Republican Rep. Jeff Leach of Plano in November.
Adair sent a lengthy account of his father’s final days written by his sister, which he said he still has not fully read.
“It’s too soon, too raw, and too heart-wrenching for me right now,” he wrote. “But I know this passage reflects the loss too many of us are experiencing to this cruel and deadly virus and disease.”
Law enforcement, first-responders
Eleven Dallas Fire-Rescue employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the department said Friday. Three have recovered, and the eight others are in isolation.
Additionally, 106 members of the department are in quarantine, waiting for either test results from the person they were exposed to, their own test results, their symptoms to end or for the quarantine period to end.
No DFR member who has shown symptoms of the illness has needed to be hospitalized, the department said.
Fort Worth police said Friday that two additional officers had tested positive for the virus, the fifth and sixth at the department to do so.
Both officers have been off work since April 1 and are recovering at their homes, the department said.
The department is disinfecting the areas where the officers worked and the vehicles they used, and a team is dedicated to tracing their movements and encounters to determine whether anyone they had contact with should self-quarantine.
Staff writer Marc Ramirez contributed to this report.