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Dallas County reports 472 new coronavirus cases and four more related deaths

With cold weather on the way, county Judge Clay Jenkins warned of a return to high COVID-19 rates.

Dallas County on Tuesday reported 472 new confirmed coronavirus cases — a 42 percent jump from the previous day’s new-case figure — bringing the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 90,790.

Four additional COVID-19 deaths were reported, including a hospitalized man in his 30s who had been critically ill.

Labs either report coronavirus cases directly to the county health department or to the state health department, which then relays the information to individual counties. Of cases reported Tuesday, Dallas County health officials said 268 came from the state’s reporting system, all of them from October.

In addition, the county reported 38 more probable cases Tuesday. That brings the total number of probable cases to 4,669, including 13 probable deaths.

In addition to the patient in his 30s, the three other deaths reported Tuesday included a Richardson man in his 60s and two Dallas residents — a man and a woman — in their 70s. All had been hospitalized in critical condition and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Last week, Dallas County health officials raised the county’s perceived threat level to red, its highest alert status, which suggests residents limit in-person gatherings and restrict movement to only the most essential activities, such as buying groceries.

Judge Clay Jenkins, the county’s highest elected official, also decided against reopening bars even as other North Texas counties move ahead with permission from Austin.

“We are seeing a continual increase in the number of COVID-19 cases,” Jenkins said Tuesday, reemphasizing the measures advocated by health officials to stem the virus' spread: masking, social distancing and frequent hand-washing.

“As we’ve seen before and are about to see again, absent a drastic change in behavior, the numbers go up very rapidly but go down slowly,” he said. “We do not want to be at a place with a high COVID-19 infection rate when the temperatures turn cold and more people are forced inside.”

Probable cases and deaths being counted by Dallas County officials largely consist of people who had a positive antigen test (sometimes called a rapid test). A few cases where a person had antibodies for the virus as well as symptoms for multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a serious condition associated with COVID-19, have been included but likely will not be going forward, officials have said.

While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Statewide, 4,856 more cases and 65 COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday. Texas has now reported 833,557 confirmed cases and 17,087 fatalities.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 500 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 60,162.

Additionally, the county reported six new COVID-19 deaths, lifting the death toll there to 709.

The county’s total cases include 5,435 probable cases. The county also reported 206 new recovered cases, for a total of 49,136.

According to Tuesday’s county dashboard, 503 people are hospitalized with the virus.

Collin County

As of Tuesday afternoon, Collin County officials had reported 111 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 17,048.

The county also reported an additional death, lifting that total number to 172, with 16,275 recoveries.

According to county data, 165 patients remain hospitalized.

Collin County, which receives its data from the Department of State Health Services since turning over case management in June, has a note on its dashboard warning residents that it has low confidence in the numbers the state is providing.

Denton County

Denton County reported 144 new coronavirus cases — 97 of which are active — bringing the county’s total to 15,429. The death toll stands at 118.

Public health officials also reported 99 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 12,828.

The newly reported cases raised the county’s total molecular cases to 13,773, while antigen cases stand at 1,656.

Other counties

The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for these other North Texas counties. In some counties, new data may not be reported every day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 1,792 cases, 31 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 3,379 cases, 54 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 4,729 cases, 75 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 3,426 cases, 63 deaths.

Marc Ramirez. Marc Ramirez is a veteran narrative/lifestyles journalist and food/drink enthusiast. In addition to the Dallas Morning News, he has worked for the Seattle Times, The Wall Street Journal and Phoenix New Times and has degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of California-Berkeley. When life gives him lemons, he makes Aviations.

mramirez@dallasnews.com /MarcRamirez.Journalist @typewriterninja
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