Dallas County reports eight COVID-related deaths

by | Sep 3, 2020 | Latest

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 8 deaths, and 249 new positive cases of COVID-19, today, Sep. 3, as well as 1 case from months prior to August.  The total case count in Dallas County is 72,860 with 934 total deaths to date.

The total number of probable cases in Dallas County is 3,026, including 10 probable deaths from COVID-19.

The total new cases today include 122 from Texas Department of State Health Services in July (1) and August (121).

Sachse reported its 249th posititve case, a 62-year-old man who resides in Collin County.

The additional 8 deaths being reported today include the following:

A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A man in his 50’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A man in his 50’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Lancaster. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.

A man in his 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.

From August 8th through 21st, 393 school-aged children between 5 to 18 years of age were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dallas County. About 50% of these cases were high school age. By zip code of residence, 203 (51%) of these children were projected to have been enrolled in Dallas 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 provisional 7-day average daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 34 was 226. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS CoV-2 continues to decline but remains high, with 11.3% of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals testing positive in week 34.

Of the total confirmed deaths reported to date, about 25% 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.

Local health experts use hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ER visits as three of the key indicators in determining the COVID-19 Risk Level (color-coded risk) and corresponding guidelines for activities during our COVID-19 response. There were 359 COVID-19 patients in acute care in Dallas County for the period ending on Wednesday, September 2. The number of emergency room visits for COVID-19 like symptoms in Dallas County was 454 in the 24 hour period ending on Wednesday, September 2, which represents around 20 percent of all emergency department visits in the county according to information reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. While these numbers represent a significant decline from record highs in July, the disruptive impact of COVID-19 on our populations and health care systems remains.

“The trends in Dallas County have been going well, and as a result, the color-coded risk chart moved for the first time from “Red” high-risk to “Orange” moderate-risk; however, as you can see from the eight deaths today and the numbers of new cases that we’ve seen this week, we are not where we need to be in our battle with COVID-19. 

In order to continue seeing the sort of gains that will get less people sick, get more businesses thriving, and more school children back in the classroom, we need to make smart decisions this Labor Day weekend. As you celebrate Labor Day, please do it responsibly. That means wearing a mask one hundred percent of the time when around people outside your household and maintaining six-foot distancing. It also means frequent hand washing, avoiding unnecessary exposures, and should you have people over to your house or go to their house, wear your mask at all times when not eating or drinking. When you are eating and drinking, please ensure that you do that six feet away from people outside your family unit. If we all make smart decisions this weekend, we won’t see the sort of sharp rise in cases that we experienced after Memorial Day. It’s up to all of us flatten the curve and the best way to do that is to wear a mask and avoid unnecessary exposures,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

From Staff Reports • [email protected]

 

0 Comments

Related News

Sachse’s offense dominates in win

Sachse’s offense dominates in win

There wasn’t much the Sachse Mustangs couldn’t do to open district play.Sachse (2-2, 1-0) scored at will in the first half on their way to a 56-27 win over Lakeview Centennial (3-1, 0-1) Friday night. Alex Orji led the way offensively, gaining 402 yards total and...

read more
GISD offering virtual job fairs

GISD offering virtual job fairs

Garland ISD is now offering weekly virtual job fairs to connect principals with potential candidates. The job fairs are held every Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and operate in a “come and go” manner. Recruitment coordinators Alex Rivera and Kishawna Wiggins said...

read more
Council approves city budget

Council approves city budget

Sachse City Council approved the 2021-22 budget and tax rate, amended the school zone ordinance and accepted the resignation of the city secretary during the Sept. 7 meeting. Before approving the budget, council held a public hearing so residents could voice any...

read more
Collin County announces recovery plan

Collin County announces recovery plan

Collin County officials recently published the Collin County Recovery Plan, a 22-page document detailing the projects the county intends to fund using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Along with ARPA funds, the plan includes State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds...

read more
Fallfest returns in-person

Fallfest returns in-person

Sachse Fallfest will be a return to normal this as the chamber of commerce is planning a one-day, in-person event. Fallfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Heritage Park and will incorporate some of the events included in last year’s Fallfest, which was...

read more
Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Queda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two...

read more
Abbott announces special session agenda

Abbott announces special session agenda

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sept. 7 that a third special session begins on Sept. 20, with redistricting one of the issues to be considered. The session will include four other agenda items: American Rescue Plan Act appropriations, transgender athletes' participation in...

read more
Sachse’s three keys to beating Denton Braswell

Sachse’s three keys to beating Denton Braswell

Fresh off the first win of the season, the Sachse Mustangs have a short week of work. With a game on tonight and a holiday this past Monday, the Mustangs (1-1) had little practice time ahead of their home game against Denton Braswell (1-1). The Bengals come into the...

read more