Experts Warn COVID-19 Cases Could Surge In Summer

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - As Texas prepares to move into phase two of its reopening plan, a new report from UT Southwestern Medical Center warns that Dallas County could see a surge in COVID-19 cases this summer. 

Researchers note the projections could change, but as of now, the model shows numbers increasing to 800 new cases per day by July. 

The model is based on current social distancing protocols, which disease experts estimate to be 60% effective. The projection also shows alternatives where the number of cases holds steady, and even starts to decline, if social distancing measures are tightened up.

When it comes to testing for COVID-19 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says Texas is far behind.

"Right now, we don't have near enough testing to safely reopen," Jenkins says. "We're dead last in the country. So we gotta get more."Four new COVID-19 testing sites are opening today near Walmart stores across Dallas County including one in DeSoto, which is the city’s first.