Dallas County Passes 70,000 COVID-19 Cases, Says Some Still Part Of Backlog

By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Dallas County reported 219 additional cases of COVID-19 Thursday, along with five additional deaths. Dallas County Health and Human Services says 59 of those cases were from the backlog being reported now by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Of those 59 cases, five were from earlier this month, 36 were from July, and 18 were from June.

“Today’s new COVID-19 positive numbers continue a trend of lower cases," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins wrote in a statement. "The good trends we’re seeing are the result of you wearing a mask, maintaining six-foot distancing, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding unnecessary trips and indoor crowds where anyone is not wearing a mask one hundred percent of the time. If we keep our resolve for focusing on the community good, to keep not only ourselves but our community healthy, less people will get sick, more businesses will stay open so our neighbors will keep their jobs, and our kids can get back to school sooner rather than later."

A total of 70,100 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Dallas County, and 895 people have died.

All five deaths reported Thursday were men at least 50 years old. Two were living in long-term care facilities, and four of the five had underlying health conditions.

Dallas County Health and Human Services says 531 kids between the ages of 5 and 18 tested positive between August 1 and August 15. The agency says about half of those children were high school aged, and 57% were from zip codes that would involve Dallas ISD schools.

Collin County reported 215 cases Thursday and three deaths. Collin County Public Health says the Department of State Health Services has "acknowledged that the active case count for Collin County is significantly overstated."

Collin County Public Health the department has "agreed to immediately redirect resources to correct the issue but have not provided a timeline on when their reports will be corrected."

Tarrant County reported 247 cases and nine deaths.

Denton County reported 201 cases and two deaths.

The Department of State Health Services says 910 people are currently in hospitals across North Texas. Hospitals in the area have 1,904 open beds, down from 2,547 available beds at the beginning of August, 309 available ICU beds, up from 282 available ICU beds at the beginning of the month and 1,711 available ventilators, up from 1,705 available ventilators the first week of August.