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Dallas County reports 16 new coronavirus deaths, 1,029 cases as hospitalizations and ER visits remain high

The latest victims included a woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s without underlying health conditions.

Updated at 6:30 p.m.: Revised to include Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman and Rockwall counties.

Dallas County reported 16 additional coronavirus deaths and 1,029 new cases Wednesday, making it the sixth consecutive day of at least 1,000 new cases.

County Judge Clay Jenkins noted in a written statement that a woman in her 20s and man in his 40s, neither with underlying health conditions, were among the victims.

“This is an extremely critical time in our battle against COVID-19,” Jenkins said. “We expect to see more cases in the coming days and how high this surge goes is dependent on each of us doing our part.”

The county has had a total of 29,160 cases, or about 11.1 per 1,000 residents, and 426 deaths from the virus. The county does not report COVID-19 recoveries.

Six of the latest victims were Dallas residents: a woman in her 50s who lived at a long-term care facility, a man in his 60s, a man and two women in their 70s, and a man in his 80s who lived at a long-term care facility.

Five more lived in Grand Prairie: a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s, a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s.

The other victims were a Coppell woman in her 60s, a Farmers Branch woman in her 40s, a Garland man in his 50s, a Garland woman in her 80s and a Mesquite woman in her 80s who was a resident at a long-term care facility.

Emergency-room visits for symptoms of COVID-19 increased by almost 200 on Tuesday — to 786 — representing almost 35% of visits, health officials said. Hospitalizations for the disease were at a record high of 771, officials said.

County officials said the caseload is straining health care facilities and providers.

Jenkins said for the government to do its part, “it means following the advice of both the medical experts who are tasked with treating COVID-19 patients in our hospitals and the public health authorities in the counties most affected by the COVID-19 surge.”

He said for other people to do their part, they should always wear a mask outside of their homes and when around others.

Jenkins also said people should use the county’s color-coded chart, which outlines activities permitted in the state and doctors’ advice about what’s safe to do.

“It is the best resource to answer questions about what you should do and how you should do it,” Jenkins said.

The chart is updated regularly and factors in age and underlying health conditions, he said.

To get through this, people will have to move from selfishness to sacrifice, he said.

“Our community is doing a great job in wearing a mask and showing grace and kindness to one another,” Jenkins said. “We’ve got to step it up even more to keep our economy moving and keep as many people as healthy as possible.”

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported six coronavirus deaths Wednesday and 595 new cases.

Three of the victims were Fort Worth residents: two men in their 60s and a woman in her 90s. An Arlington man in his 80s, a Grand Prairie man in his 60s and a man in his 50s with an unknown address, also died. All had underlying health conditions, officials said.

The county reported that 635 people are hospitalized with the virus.

Tarrant County has seen 16,180 confirmed cases — about 7.7 per 1,000 residents — 254 deaths from the virus and 7,018 recoveries.

Collin County

On Wednesday, Collin County officials reported three new coronavirus deaths, raising the county’s toll to 53.

The victims were a Dallas man in his 60s and two McKinney men, in their 70s and 80s.

The county also reported 123 new cases, bringing its total to 3,948, or about 3.8 per 1,000 residents.

Collin County said 182 people are hospitalized with the virus and 3,101 people have recovered.

Denton County

Denton County reported 123 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, increasing its total to 3,582 or about 4 for every 1,000 residents.

Officials reported no new deaths, leaving the virus’ toll there at 37, and said 92 patients remain hospitalized.

The county has reported 1,290 recoveries from the illness.

Other counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently took over reporting of coronavirus cases for several North Texas counties.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 420 cases, 16 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 874 cases, five deaths.
  • Ellis County: 1,351 cases, 19 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 737 cases, four deaths.
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