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Dallas County reports 316 more coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Dallas County reported 316 confirmed coronavirus cases Monday, including two from previous months, and two deaths.

The county said 177 cases came from the state’s reporting system, including two from August and 175 from September. The rest were reported directly to the county health department.

The latest victims — a man and a woman — were Dallas residents in their 50s who had underlying, high-risk health problems.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said the deaths of two people in their 50s were reminders “that COVID-19 can be deadly in middle-aged populations.”

“We’ve seen deadly cases in teenagers up through people in their 90s, and this does not account for people on ventilators or with very serious illnesses,” he said, reminding county residents to wear masks, maintain social distancing and practice other precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Monday marked the first day when, under Gov. Greg Abbott’s new coronavirus guidelines, businesses were allowed to open at 75% capacity.

“As more kids go back to school, and occupancies increase, your vigilance in making good decisions to protect you, your family and public health is absolutely essential to keeping less people from getting sick, helping more businesses and jobs to thrive and more kids to get back to school sooner,” Jenkins said in a written statement.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s confirmed total to 78,205. The county’s death toll stands at 997.

The county also has reported 3,874 probable cases and 11 probable COVID-19 deaths. Probable cases and deaths include people who had a positive antigen test (sometimes called rapid tests), had antibodies for the virus or had COVID-19 symptoms along with contact with someone with a confirmed case.

Although 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.

Health officials use hospitalizations, intensive-care admissions and emergency room visits as key metrics to track the real-time impact of COVID-19 in the county. The county will next report hospitalization data Tuesday.

The county’s provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases for the latest reporting period, Sept. 6-12, was 240 — down from 279 during the previous week. The figure is calculated by the date of the COVID-19 test collection, according to the county.

Dallas County doesn’t provide a positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests conducted in the area because health officials have said they don’t have an accurate count of how many tests are conducted each day, But as of its most recent reporting period, 10% of people who showed up at hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus. That’s a decrease from the previous reporting period, when 10.8% such patients tested positive.

Across the state, 1,742 more cases were reported Monday, along with 24 deaths from the virus. Texas has reported 698,387 confirmed cases and 14,917 fatalities.

There are 3,132 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 749 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The seven-day average positivity rate statewide, based on the date of test specimen collection, was 6.6% as of Sunday. State health officials said using data based on when people were tested will provide the most accurate positivity rate.

The state also provides a positivity rate based on when lab results were reported to the state; that rate stood at 7.9% as of Sunday.

Officials previously calculated Texas’ coronavirus positivity rate by dividing the most recent seven days of new cases by the most recent seven days of new test results. By that measure, the positivity rate is now just below 8% percent, according to its dashboard.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services said the positivity rate data based on lab results and new cases probably will be phased out, but they’re being provided for transparency and continuity.

Tarrant County

Tarrant County reported 333 more coronavirus cases Monday.

No new deaths were reported, leaving the countywide total at 633.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 47,231, including 3,237 probable cases. The death toll stands at 633, and 41,306 people have recovered.

According to the county’s dashboard, 203 people are hospitalized with the virus in Tarrant County.

Because of the recent upward trend in COVID-19-like illness in the county, Tarrant County Public Health is recommending that all county students remain in virtual learning based on its benchmarks for reopening schools.

Collin County

Collin County added 45 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing its total to 13,011.

No new deaths were reported. Collin County has reported a total of 137 COVID-19 deaths.

The county has 1,018 active cases, and 11,993 people have recovered from the virus. There are 93 people hospitalized with the virus in Collin County, according to its dashboard.

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

Denton County

Denton County reported 106 coronavirus cases Monday — of which 82 are active.

No new deaths were reported, so the county’s total remained 107.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 11,607, including 1,518 active cases and 9,982 recoveries.

Other counties

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.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 1,543 cases, 25 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 3,018 cases, 47 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 4,192 cases, 66 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 2,795 cases, 49 deaths.

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