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Coronavirus In Dallas County Update: ‘Healthy Decline’ In Positive Cases Reported

Dallas County has dealt with rising COVID-19 cases, the latest count of which was revealed to be 186. And while those numbers appear to still be large, a Dallas County judge said it was a healthy decline in new cases compared to previous numbers.

Aside from the new 186 COVID-19 cases, there were also five additional COVID-19 deaths. That raised the number of casualties to 196. It came not long after the county reported 14 new deaths on Tuesday, the highest compared to the previous high of 10. The new fatalities were a 40-year-old man from Irving, a 50-year-old man from Farmers Branch, a 70-year-old woman from Grand Prairie, a 70-year-old man from Mesquite and a 70-year-old man who was living at a Dallas long-term care facility, Dallas News reported. Most of the COVID-19 related deaths come from long-term care facilities.

“Today’s number of cases is markedly lower than what we saw last week and now halfway through the week we’re seeing a healthy decline in the number of new positive cases,” County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement.

At the same time, Jenkins mentioned how testing has hardly increased. This is despite new testing sites opening. Though he is optimistic about the gradual decrease in cases, more needs to be done to maintain if not bring down the number of cases. Jenkins was also advised to also look at ICU admissions and hospital capacity as well as deaths.

According to the latest reports from hospitals, 65 percent of total hospital beds are occupied while intensive care unit beds had about 71 percent. This was an increase in numbers considering it previously went down to the 60 percent line for about a week. Patients requiring the aid of a ventilator was at 33 percent of the 945 available.

In total, the county has had 8,090 coronavirus cases. From that number, 80 percent are classified as critical infrastructure workers. These are people who work in health care, transportation, food and agriculture, public works, finance, communications, clergy, first responders and other essential jobs.

With reopening plans looming, Jenkins urges most to religiously continue the guidelines in protecting themselves against the coronavirus. This includes wearing masks, social distancing and practicing proper hygiene. As much as possible, Jenkins urges most to avoid unnecessary crowds.

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