Dallas County reports its second-deadliest day with 31 new coronavirus deaths – The Dallas Morning News

Dallas County reported 31 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, marking its second-deadliest day given that the pandemic began.
Dr. Philip Huang, the countys health director, revealed the brand-new numbers at a county commissioners meeting. He also stated there were 641 new cases.
The county has seen a down pattern in everyday coronavirus cases after an 18-day streak of a minimum of 1,000 new cases every day in early and mid-July. Last week, there was a day-to-day average of 654 new cases, down from 827 the previous week.
” The things that were doing are beginning to show a positive result,” Huang said. “But we can not slow down.”
Eighteen of the latest casualties were Dallas homeowners: a male in his 20s, 2 men in their 30s, a guy in his 50s, three males and two ladies in their 60s, two females in their 70s, 3 females and a male in their 80s, and three ladies in their 90s.
Of those, 2 females in their 90s, two women and a guy in their 80s, and a lady in her 70s were residents of a long-lasting care facility.
Three others who died were likewise residents of long-lasting care facilities: a Cedar Hill man in his 80s, a Mesquite woman in her 70s and a DeSoto guy in his 60s.
The staying victims were a Garland male in his 40s; a Grand Prairie guy in his 50s; a Cedar Hill female, a Mesquite man, a Cockrell Hill male, an Irving man and a Mesquite female, all in their 60s; a Garland male in his 70s; and two Rowlett ladies in their 80s.
This brings the countys toll to 722 deaths along with an overall of 52,131 cases or about 19.8 for each 1,000 locals. The county does not report recoveries.
” Todays death total is a somber tip of the seriousness of COVID-19 and the requirement for us to continue to use masks, remain 6 feet apart, use excellent hand hygiene, and prevent any trips aside from work, acquiring vital products and outside workout during this time of rapid spread,” County Judge Clay Jenkins stated in a composed declaration.
Health officials said they continue to see “elevated numbers” of COVID-19 patients with 655 hospitalizations Monday. They also reported 468 emergency-room check outs for symptoms of the infection, representing about 24% of all check outs.
” While lower than our record highs, these numbers still show the severity of the disease and the effect on our companies,” the county said in a composed declaration.
A minimum of 290 more kids have actually been detected with COVID-19 considering that July 1, with over 2,340 screening favorable for the virus. During that time frame, 61 have actually been hospitalized. 2 Dallas County kids ages 17 and under have actually passed away considering that the pandemic began.
Jenkins said many county testing areas have little to no wait time. He also stated the turnaround time for results has actually enhanced and the majority of people are getting the outcomes within 48 to 72 hours.
Statewide, Texas reported 245 brand-new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,261. The state likewise reported 9,167 new coronavirus cases Tuesday for a total of 451,181 cases Over 306,000 individuals are approximated to have recovered from the virus, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Probable cases.
Texas omits results of rapid COVID-19 tests from its coronavirus data, indicating the states case tally is undercounted by at least 10s of thousands, an investigation by the Houston Chronicle found.
The state, following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, thinks about positive results from those tests– called antigen tests– a “possible” case of COVID-19, the Chronicle reported. A spokesman for the Department of State Health Services informed the newspaper that the departments policy is only to report confirmed cases openly, though that could change.
Dallas County started reporting possible cases in its daily reports recently because of a state requirement. They are reported individually from validated cases and not included in verified case overalls.
Since Tuesdays most current case overalls, the county has actually reported 1,678 probable cases of COVID-19, up 144 from Mondays overall. That includes 3 likely COVID-19 deaths.
Dr. Philip Huang said at a July 24 press conference that the county would start reporting probable cases, and that those figures would be kept different from validated cases. Huang stated verified cases are those confirmed by molecular amplification tests– such as PCR (polymerase chain response) tests, which are most common– which spot the infection genetic product. Those take longer to get results, and are considered highly precise, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The antigen checks discover particular proteins on the surface of the infection, and results are readily available a lot more rapidly. A favorable outcome is considered highly accurate, but antigen tests are most likely than molecular tests to lead to a false unfavorable, according to the FDA.
In addition to individuals who evaluate positive on an antigen test, probable cases reported by Dallas County likewise consist of individuals who have actually tested favorable for having antibodies in reaction to infection with the infection– or individuals who have signs of COVID-19 and an “epidemiologic link to somebody whos been validated,” Huang stated.
Tarrant County
The county reported 5 more coronavirus deaths Tuesday and 805 brand-new cases.
The current victims are a Mansfield guy in his 30s, a Grand Prairie female in her 60s, a Grand Prairie guy in his 70s. A Lake Worth male and a Fort Worth female, both in their 50s, also died. They all had underlying health conditions.
There are 574 people hospitalized with the virus and 17,689 have recuperated, according to county information.
Tarrant County has seen 396 deaths and 30,162 cases or about 14.3 for every 1,000 locals.
Collin County
County officials reported a record 318 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and said it is because the states reporting system catching up after an update to the reporting system.
The high follows just 3 brand-new cases reported Aug. 2 and 18 new cases Aug. 3. The number beats the countys previous high of 209 set July 28.
One coronavirus death was likewise reported: a Plano female in her 80s who died Tuesday.
Hospitalizations in the county are at 151, and 4,915 people have actually recovered from the infection, according to county data.
Collin County now has 84 COVID-19 deaths and 6,738 cases or about 6.5 for every single 1,000 homeowners.
Denton County
The county reported 95 brand-new coronavirus cases Tuesday, raising its total to 7,127 cases or about 8 for every single 1,000 homeowners.
No brand-new COVID-19 deaths were reported, leaving the countys toll at 56.
According to county data, 70 individuals are hospitalized with the virus and 4,041 have actually recovered.
The county announced totally free drive-thru screening Friday at University of North Texas Discovery Park, 3940 N. Elm Street. Pre-registration is required by calling 940-349-2585. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. Residents must either have symptoms within the past week, be an essential employee, over the age of 60, or have had contact with somebody detected with COVID-19.
Other Counties
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken control of reporting for other North Texas counties. Some of those counties may not report updates every day. The most current numbers are:

Rockwall County: 803 cases, 17 deaths.
Kaufman County: 1900 cases, 22 deaths..
Ellis County: 2,545 cases, 35 deaths..
Johnson County: 1,619 cases, 27 deaths..

Two Dallas County children ages 17 and under have actually died considering that the pandemic started.
Dr. Philip Huang stated at a July 24 news conference that the county would start reporting likely cases, and that those figures would be kept different from confirmed cases. The county revealed free drive-thru testing Friday at University of North Texas Discovery Park, 3940 N. Elm Street. The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for other North Texas counties. Some of those counties may not report updates each day.

Staff Writer Nic Garcia contributed to this report.
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