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Dallas County reports 24 COVID-related deaths today

by | Aug 25, 2020 | Latest

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 24 deaths and 217 new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 25, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 69,303 with 881 total deaths to date.

The total number of probable cases in Dallas County is 2,740, including 8 probable deaths from COVID-19.

The total new cases today include 84 from Texas Department of State Health Services, from March (18), April (43) and May (23).

The city of Sachse reported two additional COVID-19 cases;

  • #222 is a 41-year-old woman in Collin County.
  • #223 is a 79-year-old woman in Dallas County.

From August 1st through 14th, 531 school-aged children between 5 – 18 years of age were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dallas County. If in-person school had begun on Monday, August 10th, these 531 children would have been absent from school for at least some portion of that week (from August 10th- August 14th).

The 132 children who were diagnosed between August 10th – 14th were projected (by zip code of residence) to be enrolled in at least 70 different schools in Dallas County. Their attendance on-campus would have prompted at least 70 classroom closures for cleaning and identification of classmate/teacher contacts for 14-day quarantine.

About 50% (263) of these cases were high-school age, and almost a third (173) were elementary-school age (5-10 years).

Of these pediatric COVID-19 cases: 302 (57%) were projected (by zip code of residence) to be students enrolling in Dallas ISD schools; 50 (9%) in Irving ISD; 37 (7%) in Garland ISD; 35 (7%) in Mesquite ISD; 16 (3%) in Grand Prairie ISD; 15 (3%) in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD; 12 (2%) in Duncanville ISD; 10 (2%) in Richardson ISD; 8 (2%) in Lancaster ISD; 8 (2%) in Highland Park ISD; 7 (1%) in Cedar Hill ISD; 6 (1%) in DeSoto ISD; 1 (0.2%) in Sunnyvale ISD; and 0 in Coppell ISD schools.

Of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The 7-day average daily new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 32 was 398.

The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 has been declining but remains high, with about 14% of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals testing positive in week 32. Of the total confirmed deaths reported to date, about 26% have been associated with long-term care facilities. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

From Staff Reports • [email protected]

 

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