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COVID-19 Live Updates: Dallas County Reports 1,029 New Cases, 2nd Deadliest Day

Jul 7, 2020

Get live updates throughout the day on how COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is affecting North Texas. 

» COVID-19 By The Numbers:

  • In Texas: More than 221,000 cases and more than 2,800 deaths have been reported. More than 108,000 Texans have recovered.
  • In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 29,160; Tarrant County: 16,180; Collin County: 3,948; Denton County: 3,582. There have been at least 770 reported deaths in the region's four largest counties. 
  • Counties across Texas: Use The Texas Newsroom's interactive maps
  • Global: See Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 dashboard.

Wednesday, July 8

123 New Cases In Collin County

There are 123 new cases, bringing the countywide total to 3,948. In the area, a total of 53 people have died and 3,101 patients have recovered from the virus. 

Tarrant County Reports 595 New Cases 

An additional 595 cases in the county raises the total to 16,180. There have been 254 deaths and 7,018 people who have recovered from the virus in the area. 

123 New Cases In Denton County

Another 123 cases in the area brings the total to 3,582. There are also 22 patients who have recovered, increasing the countywide recovery total to 1,290.

Dallas County Reports 1,029 New Cases

There are 1,029 new cases in the county, bringing the total to 29,160. As hospitalizations and case numbers continue to rise, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said it’s an “extremely critical time” in the fight against COVID: 

“Today for the sixth day in a row we are over 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County and unfortunately, we're reporting 16 deaths, including a woman in her 20's and a man in his 40's without underlying high-risk health conditions. This is an extremely critical time in our battle against COVID-19. We expect to see more cases in the coming days and how high this surge goes is dependent on each of us doing our part.

Sixteen deaths have been reported today:

  •  A woman in her 20s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 40s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. She had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s 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 50s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. She died in the facility, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Coppell. She died in area hospital ED, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He died in the facility, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. She had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.

Texas In-Person GOP Convention Will Feature Video Speeches

The Texas Republican Party's still holding an in-person convention in Houston next week, but executive director Kyle Whatley said state GOP leaders have changed their minds about participating.

"All the elected officials are switching from a live, in-person speech to videos, to delivering short videos,” he said. 

The party's faced growing calls to cancel the in-person convention as coronavirus surges in Texas.

The Texas Medical Association has withdrawn its sponsorship of the event.

Southwest Airlines Will Stop Accepting Cash

Southwest Airlines is following the lead of other carriers who don't accept cash for ticket purchases, upgrades or extra luggage.

The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas-based carrier didn’t specify why it won't accept cash anymore.

Many businesses are trying to eliminate the burden of paper money, especially now as a way to cut down on disease spread during the COVID-19 pandemic.

None of the major airlines allow cash payments — Fort Worth-based American Airlines stopped accepting cash at DFW International Airport in 2017.

Executions In Texas Could Resume Wednesday 

A five-month delay in executions in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic could end tonight.

Billy Joe Wardlow faces a lethal injection for a 1993 murder and robbery in Cason.

His attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a delay. If the high court says no, the execution would be the first in the state since February 6.

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Tuesday, July 7

Texas Education Agency Releases Safety Guidelines For the 2020-2021 School Year

Texas parents could get more schooling choices for their kids next month. The Texas Education Agency announced school-year guidelines today, and they include a combination of on-campus instruction and remote learning.

The guidelines say:

• Daily on-campus learning will be available to all students, however parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, either initially or at any point during the school year.
• Parents who do choose remote instruction could be asked to commit to it for a full grading period, such as six or nine weeks. So parents can make a decision based on the latest public health information, they will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance.
• School districts will have the option to establish a phased-in return to on-campus instruction for up to the first three weeks of the school year.

Certain health procedures will be mandated on all campuses, such as:

• All students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming to campus must be screened before being allowed on campus.
• Assuming the governor's mask order is still in place, masks will be required while in school buildings, with certain exceptions made, and schools will be required to follow any future executive orders.

The resources TEA says it is providing school systems with include:

• Reimbursement for extra COVID-19-related expenses
• Tens of millions of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided free to school systems
• Free online, TEKS-aligned learning tools to deliver remote education
• Free teacher training

The release also said TEA will provide "statewide efforts to help bridge the digital divide for students at home," but did not include details on those efforts.

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner issued a statement after TEA released its guidelines.

"The guidance we received today from the Texas Education Agency is right in line with the plans we have been making for the 2020-2021 school," it reads. "In addition to PPE available for staff and students and day-long cleaning activities to keep down the potential exposure to any virus, we are also offering parents the choice of in-person or virtual instruction. The health and safety of our students and employees remain a top priority."

Dallas County Reports 1,077 New Cases 

Another 1,077 new cases in the county brings the total to 28,131. As the number of hospitalizations continue to rise rapidly, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins urged residents to take “targeted action” by wearing masks and avoiding certain businesses: 

“Today’s numbers include nine deaths, most of whom did not have underlying high-risk health conditions. We continue to see wide community spread and the need for more targeted actions to keep our community safe. Doctors strongly discourage in-restaurant dining and going to the following businesses: bowling alleys, arcades, amusement parks, concert venues, sporting arenas, movie theatres, gyms (to include yoga and spin studios, etc.), and public pools. Please wear your mask whenever around people outside your family and please take a face covering with you, even when going out to exercise as you may find yourself bumping into other people or unexpectedly around others.”

Nine deaths have been reported today:

  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. He died in an area hospital ED, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of DeSoto. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s 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 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of DeSoto. He had been hospitalized, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of DeSoto. He died in an area hospital ED, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions. 

56 New Cases In Denton County

There are 56 new cases, raising the countywide total to 3,459. Another 11 recovered patients raises the countywide recovery total to 1,268.

Collin County Reports 118 New Cases 

An additional 118 cases brings the countywide total to 3,825. There have been 50 deaths in the area related to the virus.

757 New Cases In Tarrant County

There are 757 new cases in the county, raising the total to 15,585. There have been 248 deaths and 6,686 people who have recovered from the virus in the area.

Texas State GOP Convention Will Proceed In-Person In Houston Next Week, With New Precautions

Houston Mayor Sylvester Johnson has asked the state GOP to reconsider its in-person convention next week in his city, the state's biggest coronavirus hotspot. But Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey says it will go on as planned.

“I do not think it is wise or prudent to hold a convention of 6,000 or more,” Turner wrote among a series of tweets. “I am asking them to have a virtual event.”

On Thursday, the State Republican Executive Committee voted 40-20 to proceed with the in-person convention. 

Thursday's SREC vote came right after Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask mandate. Dickey said that meant that masks would be required for most of the convention, anyway.

On Monday, Turner announced strict rules for the convention beyond the mask mandate. City health inspectors could shut it down if the requirements aren’t enforced, he said.

Dickey said safety measures, such as thermal scans, hand sanitizer stations and handing out masks were discussed with Turner on Monday and would be implemented at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The Texas GOP convention is scheduled for July 16 to 18. The Texas state Democratic convention was held entirely online in June.

Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19's Spread In North Texas 

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