Dallas County reported 12 additional coronavirus-related deaths Thursday and 648 new cases, a drop from more than two weeks of daily reports of more than 1,000 cases.
County health officials have tallied 44,087 total coronavirus cases and 579 deaths since tracking began in March.
For 18 days, Dallas County reported at least 1,000 new coronavirus cases every day. That trend ended this week.
"Today is our third day below 1,000 cases. It’s still a little too early to call this a trend but I’m encouraged by the lowering of the number of new cases," said county Judge Clay Jenkins on Twitter.
Jenkins urged people to avoid going places where masks can't be worn, such as movie theaters and restaurants.
Dallas County reports 12 deaths
County health officials reported 12 coronavirus-deaths -- the youngest was a man in his 30s and the oldest were in their 90s.
Most of those who have been hospitalized with the disease are under the age of 65, according to health officials.
Many of those who died from the disease had underlying health conditions, county officials said.
The latest deaths include:
- A Dallas man in his 30s
- A Dallas man in his 60s who died in an emergency department
- A Dallas man in his 60s
- A Dallas man in his 60s who did not have underlying health conditions
- A Dallas man in his 60s who had been a resident of a long-term care facility, which is where he died
- A Dallas man in his 60s
- A Dallas woman in her 70s
- A Dallas woman in her 80s who had been a resident of a long-term care facility
- A Rowlett man in his 80s
- A Dallas woman in her 90s who had been a resident of a long-term care facility. She did not have underlying conditions
- A Richardson man in his 90s who had been a resident of a long-term care facility, where he died
- A Dallas woman in her 90s who had been a resident of a long-term care facility. She did not have underlying conditions.
Tarrant County reports 9 deaths
Tarrant County health officials reported nine coronavirus-related deaths Thursday. The victims range from a man in his 40s to several patients in their 70s.
All but one person had underlying health conditions, officials said.
County officials also reported 431 new cases, bringing the countywide total to 23,967 since tracking began in March.
According to the county's COVID-19 dashboard, there are 702 patients hospitalized due to coronavirus, and 11,680 residents have recovered.
Denton County reports 179 cases
Denton County Public Health announced 179 newly confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the countywide total to 5,723 cases, including 46 deaths.
DCPH also reported 93 more people have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total amount of recoveries to 3,146.
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