Dallas County officials reported two deaths and more than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday.
The addition of 1,044 cases has raised the number of positive cases in the county to 41,266.
The two deaths include an Irving man in his 50s who did not have underlying high risk health conditions and a Grand Prairie man in his 70s who did have underlying health conditions. Both had been critically ill at local hospitals because of COVID-19.
There have been 525 deaths in Dallas County connected to the virus, which is now the third leading cause of death in the county behind heart disease and cancers.
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.
A new COVID-19 testing location will be opening Monday at Mountain View College at 4849 West Illinois Ave. The center is in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the city of Dallas.
The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There are no residency requirements to be tested at the location, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
Of the patients who went to hospitals in the week beginning July 6 with symptoms of COVID-19, 27% tested positive for the virus, according to the county.
County officials said earlier this month an increasing proportion of new cases reported have been young adults between the ages of 18 and 39, including half of all cases reported since June 1.
The county said reports of cases continue to be associated with "multiple large recreational and social gatherings since the beginning of June."
Of cases requiring hospitalization, more than two-thirds have been under 65, and about half do not have high-risk chronic health conditions. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
*Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not meant to indicate where actual infected people live.