An Irving man in his 20s with no underlying health conditions and a Dallas woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility are the latest Dallas County residents to die after testing positive for COVID-19, health officials say.
The man had been critically ill at an area hospital, while the woman died at her long-term care facility, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services. There have been 264 coronavirus-related deaths in Dallas County.
The county reported 263 additional cases of the coronavirus Sunday, the 11th straight day of at least 200 new COVID-19 cases after a dip in the average daily case count in late May. There have been 12,093 cases reported in the county.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the person in their 20s who died after contracting COVID-19 was a reminder that the virus "can affect all people."
Dallas County does not report recoveries from COVID-19 because it lacks the manpower to follow up with thousands of patients, however, the Texas Department of State Health Services posts an estimated number of recoveries on its site and lists 78,164 for Dallas County as of Saturday, Oct. 10. Using data supplied by the state, there are an estimated 6,120 active COVID-19 cases in the county.
Jenkins said he's partnered with the Dallas Mavericks to distribute hand sanitizer and face masks to all protesters who need them. He added the county would provide free COVID-19 testing to anyone who has participated in a large protest.
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Officials said the rate of hospitalizations, ICU admissions and emergency room visits, metrics health experts use to determine COVID-19 risk factors, remained flat.
Of cases requiring hospitalization among those who reported employment, more than 80% have been among critical infrastructure workers, according to DCHHS.
Tracking COVID-19 Cases in North Texas Counties
NBC 5 is tracking the number of COVID-19 related cases, recoveries and deaths in North Texas counties. Choose a county and click on a city or town to see how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting your area.
Cases are cumulative by day and are subject to change, dependent on each county health department's reporting schedule and methodology. Data may be reported county-wide, by city or town, or not at all. Cases, recoveries and death counts in 'unspecified' categories are used as placeholders and reassigned by their respective counties at a later date.
Data: County Health Departments, NBC 5 Staff