Dallas County health officials reported a new single-day high of 187 coronavirus cases Friday, along with two deaths.
The deaths include a Dallas man in his 20s and a man in his 50s who was an inmate in a correctional facility in Hutchins. Both had been critically ill in area hospitals.
The county has now had 106 COVID-19-related deaths. The new cases bring the county’s total 3,718.
The previous one-day high in the county was Thursday, and three of the highest single-day case counts occurred this week.
Forty percent of deaths to date have been associated with long-term care facilities, the county said.
Most cases requiring hospitalization have been either in people older than 60 or who had an underlying health condition. Diabetes has been reported as an underlying health condition in about a third of all hospitalizations, the county said.
Of the cases that have reported employment, about 79% have been critical infrastructure workers in sectors including healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, public works, finance, communications, clergy, and first responders, county health officials said.
“This increase in positive cases has occurred without any significant increase in testing capacity,” Jenkins said in a written statement. “We have seen younger people dying from COVID19 this week and today’s victims add to that list. All this illustrates why we all must make smart decisions and follow the science to #FlattenTheCurve.”
Jenkins added that people should continue to wear face coverings in public, limit unnecessary errands and stay home as much as possible until the county sees a decline in cases for two weeks.
Beginning today, many Texas businesses, including restaurants, malls and movie theaters, have the option to reopen after the statewide stay-at-home order expired Thursday.
Statewide, the highest one-day increase in deaths from the coronavirus occurred yesterday.
One more person has died from the coronavirus in Tarrant County, bringing the county’s total deaths to 69, health officials said Friday.
The death was of a Fort Worth woman in her 50s who had underlying health conditions.
“Every death is painful to report, and our sympathy goes out to the family,” Vinny Taneja, the county’s public health director, said in a written statement.
Taneja added that with stay-at-home orders being lifted, people should continue to practice social distancing as well as disease prevention methods like wearing a face mask in public and frequent hand-washing.