Local Model Predicts Additional Surge In COVID-19 Cases

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD)- Dallas County reported 454 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, exceeding the county's previous single-day high by 10%.

And according to the latest model from UT-Southwestern Medical Center, the local impact of the coronavirus outbreak is about to get even more serious. 

According to researchers, the pandemic is spreading across Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County and Collin County. 

The UT-Southwestern model says Dallas County is expected to report more than 400 cases each day through July 2, and with the Fourth of July weekend approaching, local experts are concerned another major holiday - without adherence to proper social distancing guidelines and PPE use - will lead to "exponential" growth in local COVID-19 cases.  

UT-Southwestern officials also urge Hispanics to be especially vigilant in taking precautions against COVID-19.  They say the positivity rate in that ethnic group is 5-7 times higher than in any other.

Dr. Britt Berrett is a former executive in the local health care industry, and serves as a clinical professor at UT-Dallas.  He discussed the latest data with KRLD's Chris Sommer.