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COVID-19 Live Updates: Dallas County Reports 305 New Cases, 1 Death

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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:

Monday, June 15

Tarrant County Reports 164 New Cases

Tarrant County Public Health announced 164 additional cases of COVID-19, raising the total case count in the county to 7,498.

There have been 197 deaths in the county related to COVID-19.

36 Additional Cases In Denton County 

Denton County Public Health reported 36 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total case count in the county to 1,772. 

Officials are also reporting 6 newly recovered cases of COVI

Collin County Reports 120 New Cases, 1 More Death

The county announced 20 new cases, raising the total case count in the county to 1,787. Officials also reported the death of a 67-year-old man from Celina.

The patient died Saturday evening at a McKinney hospital and had an underlying health condition. 

305 New Cases, 1 More Death In Dallas County 

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 305 additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total case count in the county to 14,537. 

One additional death has been reported today of a man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill at an area hospital, and had no underlying high-risk health conditions.

Updated COVID-19 Forecast Model Shows A Continued Rise In Dallas County Cases

As the Texas economy reopens and restrictions are lifted, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Dallas County is increasing.

The COVID-19 forecasting model predicts a steady rise in Dallas county cases past the end of June.

Forecasters from the PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have been monitoring how COVID-19 is spreading. The lab's director, Dr. David Rubin, said with commerce and travel returning to North Texas, the rate of transmission in Dallas County is increasing.

Saturday the county reported the highest single-day number of cases — a record that was broken daily last week. Hospitalizations have also gone up over the last three days, reaching the highest level recorded since the pandemic began. Dallas County also reported that emergency room visits for COVID-19 symptoms accounted for about a quarter of all emergency room visits.

"There was a brief period in May where it looked like things were stabilizing in Dallas," Rubin said. "But now they're heading North again, and they're supported by lots of other areas around them starting to show increased risk as well."

Rubin said the PolicyLab model does account for the higher number of tests being done in Dallas County, which results in higher case numbers. There's been no word from local leaders on the amount of tests being administered each day.

A few weeks ago, PolicyLab researchers thought the high heat and humidity in Texas would slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, they're not sure. 

"It's enough to mitigate transmission, but not enough alone to kind of bail us out. And clearly we've seen that now in Texas," Rubin said.

He said the goal is to find a safe way to continue reopening, and there still might be a way to do that and bring case numbers down. Rubin recommended putting stricter regulations in place, like thorough health and temperature screenings when people enter buildings.

Read the full story from KERA's Rebekah Morr

Sunday, June 14

Dallas County Reports 302 Cases And 1 More Death As Hospitalizations Continue To Rise Across Texas

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state continues to go up. As of Sunday, 2,287 patients were hospitalized in Texas — and local health and county officials are concerned.

Last week, Dallas County saw the highest average of new COVID-19 cases and the highest average of hospitalizations.

Over the weekend, the county reported 647 additional cases, bringing Dallas County's total number of confirmed infections to more than 1,400, including 284 deaths.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said he’s especially worried about the number of people who’ve been hospitalized. 

“So we’re seeing a resurgence throughout Texas, most acutely in Harris County, but you’re seeing it begin here in Dallas County as well, Jenkins said. "So it’s imperative that we all make good choices.” 

During a press conference Friday, Jenkins said the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in North Texas is at its highest yet. 

He stressed four things everyone should do: Avoid crowds, maintain a social distance of six feet, wear a mask and use good hygiene. 

Jenkins also directed residents who are at high risk or live with someone who’s at high risk to look at guidance newly posted on the county’s website.

Guidance for apartment complexes is also now available on Dallas County's website.

81 New Cases, 3 More Deaths In Tarrant County

Tarrant County is reporting 81 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 7,344, including 197 deaths. 

According to data released by county health officials, 3,158 residents have recovered from the disease. 

Denton County Reports 17 New Cases

Denton County has 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 1,736 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 36 deaths. 

Denton County Public Health is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing in Denton Tuesday at the University of North Texas’ Union Circle Parking Garage at 350 S. Welch St. from 8 a.m. to noon. Any community member with symptoms of COVID19 within the past 7 days, essential employees, individuals 60 years and older, and people who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are all eligible for free testing. All community members must call 940-349-2585 to pre-register for testing. 

Collin County Reports 20 New Cases

There are 20 new COVID-19 cases in Collin County today, according to data released by state and county health officials. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,667, including 37 deaths.

Officials report 1,292 people have recovered from the disease.

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

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