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COVID-19 updates: Dallas County reports less than 500 cases Monday

With 426 new cases Monday, Dallas County has had less than 1,000 cases six of the last seven days.
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Test kits sit on the table at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 426 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Two more people have died.

The latest victims were a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s. Both had underlying high-risk health conditions, officials said. 

More than 1,450 children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with confirmed COVID-19 during the first three weeks of July. During that time frame, 29 children have been hospitalized because of the virus.

Since tracking began in March, Dallas County has had 47,239 cases reported, and 605 people have died.

The county had set a new record for cases reported in a single day on Saturday when 1,267 new cases were reported and 18 more people had died.

Other than Saturday, Dallas County has now had less than 1,000 cases six of the last seven days.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the lower numbers could partly be due to a "potential glitch" in the state's reporting system. 

"I'm increasingly optimistic that your use of masks and sacrificial delay of unnecessary trips outside the home for things other than necessities are having an impact on flattening the recent explosion in cases since" reopening began, Jenkins said in a written statement. 

Denton County Public Health announced 87 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 6,208. City officials also said there have been two new deaths as a result of COVID-19, bringing the total to 51 since March The deaths reported include a Lewisville female in her 70s and a female in her 70s who was a resident of Corinth Rehabilitation Suites in Corinth.

Health officials announced 52 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 3,361.

Tarrant County reports 240 new cases

Tarrant County health officials reported 240 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Monday, July 27, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since tracking began in March to 25,739.

So far, 13,498 people have recovered from COVID-19 and 348 people have died from it in Tarrant County.

Palo Pinto County sees 5 straight days of double-digit cases

Palo Pinto has had five straight days of double-digit cases, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Until July 21, Palo Pinto had only had double-digit cases one day (July 14) since tracking began in mid-March.

From July 21 to July 25, the county had double-digit cases every day with a total of 58 cases. The county has had 142 cases reported since tracking began in mid-March

COVID-19 patient update for children's hospitals

Children’s Health in Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth released an update Monday for COVID-19 patients in their care.

There are 23 patients at Children’s Health who have tested positive for COVID-19.

At Cook Children’s, there are four COVID-19 patients at the hospital. There have been 11,030 tests conducted and 811 have been reported positive.

Hospital capacity in Dallas

The city of Dallas released hospital capacity numbers for Sunday:

  • Total beds: 5,974
    • Beds occupied: 3,953 (66%)
  • Total ICU beds: 956
    • ICU beds occupied: 666 (70%)
  • Total ventilators: 1,001
    • Ventilators in use: 365 (36%)

Free COVID-19 walk-up testing in Dallas

There will be free walk-up COVID-19 testing at Paul Quinn College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 25 through July 29.

The testing is open to all and there are no residential or symptom requirements.

The college is at 3837 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas, 75241.

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