Dallas and Tarrant County are reporting lower numbers of new cases of COVID-19. Monday, Tarrant County reported 303 additional cases; Dallas County reported 382.
Dallas County's report was the lowest number of new cases in a single day since June 16. Judge Clay Jenkins says the drop is evidence wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and avoiding unnecessary trips out of the home are helping slow the spread.
"We need to continue our community resolve to get the coronavirus under control so that less people get sick, more businesses stay open and our kids can get back to school sooner rather than later," Jenkins wrote in a statement.
Jenkins says fewer people have also been visiting testing sites, which he says can produce results in two to three days.
Residents of Dallas County can be tested at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse, 9191 S. Polk St. in Dallas, and Eastfield College. Testing is available without residency requirements at Mountain View College, Red Bird Mall/WestmorelandPark, Sam Tasby Middle School and the Salvation Army/Pleasant Grove Corps Community Center.
Tarrant County Public Health reported no additional deaths Monday. The county has confirmed 391 deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak started. People over the age of 65 account for 11% of cases in Tarrant County and 68% of deaths. The largest percentage of total cases have been people between the ages of 25 and 44, but that age group accounts for just six percent of deaths.
Hospitals in Tarrant County reported 65% of beds occupied Monday, and 31% of ventilators in use. Of 3,439 occupied hospital beds, Tarrant County Public Health says 557 were being used by confirmed COVID-19 patients.
Of 29,357 total cases in Tarrant County, 16,882 are listed as recovered. Dallas County does not track the number of recoveries.