Officials in Dallas County reported 581 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday and the death of a Seagoville woman in her 90s who tested positive for coronavirus.
The woman died in inpatient care and had basic health conditions, officials said.
The numbers reported Monday increase the total in Dallas County to 55,225 cases of COVID-19 victims and 756 to people who tested positive.
Dallas County Health and Human Services also reported 40 possible cases of the virus. The county has 2,242 possible cases and six possible deaths from COVID-19.
Dallas County does not report recoveries from COVID-19 because it lacks manpower to follow thousands of patients, however, the Texas Department of Health Services posts an estimated number of recoveries on its website and ranks 40,659 for Dallas County since Sunday, August 9th. Using data provided by the state, there are approximately 11,906 active cases of COVID-19 in the county.
The county seven-day average for new cases rose on Monday for the second straight day – to 538 – after falling an average of eight days. The 14-day moving average stands at 573, from a record high of 1,108 on July 17th.
* Map locations are approximate, central to the city and are not intended to indicate where the currently infected persons live.
** Total counties below include all 32 counties of North Texas, not just Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tuarant.
“Today continues a trend of lower hospitalization, lower ICU admissions and lower ED visits for COVID-19,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. “Our new cases are in line with the trajectory we have seen which is significantly lower than high. We have only reported one death today, but every life is precious and our hearts go to the person’s family, the death of the who was announced today “
Of patients who went to hospitals last week with symptoms of COVID-19, 15.9% tested positive for the virus, by county.
In cases requiring hospitalization, two-thirds of all COVID-19 patients were under the age of 65, and about half did not have a high-risk chronic health condition. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about one-third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
As schools across North Texas prepare to open this month, the DCHHS noted that more than 2,500 children under the age of 18 have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 1 – including 61 who have been hospitalized.
“With schools opening soon, there will be more people around each other and it is imperative that we continue to do those things that have been proven to be successful when we are around people outside our home,” Jenkins said.