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COVID-19 Live Updates: Dallas County Reports Record 572 Cases

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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:

  • In Texas: More than 150,000 cases and more than 2,400 deaths have been reported. More than 79,000 Texans have recovered.
  • In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 20,737; Tarrant County: 11,739; Collin County: 2,882; Denton County: 2,740. There have been at least 657 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.

Tuesday, June 30

Dallas Fire Department Gets Federal Funding

The Dallas Fire Department is getting a boost in federal funding to help its response effort to COVID-19.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the city nearly $850,000 for personal protective equipment and related supplies for firefighters.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn said the grant is meant to strengthen the department's ability to respond to fire and related hazards, without putting themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19.

As of yesterday, the department has 46 firefighters and civilian employees that tested positive for coronavirus.

Of those, 25 have fully recovered and returned to work. Dozens of others are quarantined for off-duty exposures.

Parents And Teachers Face Uncertainty Come School Year In Fall

Parents and teachers across Texas are still unsure what school will look like this fall. Alexandra Checka is a middle school teacher in the Fort Worth School District.

“We’re highly anxious here because the number of teachers who have upper respiratory issues, asthma, immuno-compromise, it’s not just teachers, that’s everybody in the building you know the cafeteria staff, the front office, the maintenance staff, like what are the safeguards in place and also just like - the number of bodies in buildings,” she said. 

Fort Worth superintendent Kent Scribner during a digital town hall last week said the district will honor everyone’s medical and legal issues regarding safety.

"The general plan is for those who are teaching virtually, that that take place in schools and quite frankly we need to really monitor the increase in cases because we may not be hybrid,” he said. “We may be fully online but we don’t know that at this time.”

Every school district in Texas is still awaiting detailed guidance for fall classes from the Texas Education Agency.

Monday, June 29

70 New Cases In Denton County 

There are 70 more cases in the county, bringing the countywide total to 2,740. Four long-term care (LTC) residents were included in the daily case count today, bringing the countywide total of cases associated with LTC facilities to 26. 

Collin County Reports 119 Additional Cases 

With an additional 119 new cases, the countywide total increased to 2,882 according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Deaths in the county have reached 42 and hospitalizations are at 127.

263 New Cases In Tarrant County 

Another 263 cases in the county raised the total case count to 11,739. There have been 225 deaths and 5,059 people who have recovered from the virus in the area. 

Dallas County Reports New Daily High Of 572 Cases

The county reached a new high of 572 daily cases, bringing the countywide total to 20,737. Another death reported today is of an Irving man in his 40s - he had underlying high-risk health conditions, but was not critically ill nor admitted to a local hospital. 

A growing number of cases since the beginning of June have been linked to large social and recreational gatherings like house parties. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins urged county residents to take caution as case numbers continue to rise:

“Today we have our highest number of reported cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County, and this weekend for the first time, our weekend reporting numbers went up. Normally our weekend reporting numbers go way down as some hospitals don’t report. Our numbers went from 571 to 611 COVID-19 cases in the hospital for Dallas County. Hopefully, this is because the hospitals have made it a point to increase accuracy of weekend reporting, but either way the numbers are of great concern."

Perot Museum And Holocaust Museum Delay Reopening Plans In Wake Of Governor's New Order

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum issued a joint statement on Monday morning, announcing that they have “decided to pause plans to reopen in early July.”

In addition, both museums announced that they are “working in close coordination” with other downtown museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Museum of Asian Art and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza “to evaluate when we will reopen to the public.”

The announcement cites “the spike in COVID-19 cases in Dallas County and the rollback of the state’s phased reopening” instituted last week by Gov. Greg Abbott in the wake of a flood of new cases. Abbott’s order also closed bars entirely and curtailed restaurant capacity to 50% after recently allowing them to reopen at 75% capacity.

Just last week, the Holocaust museum had announced it planned to reopen on July 8. The Perot Museum marked its calendar for a July 9 reopening earlier this month. Both museums have been closed since March.

-The Dallas Morning News

Texans Begin Voting Monday In Runoff Elections. Officials Are Doing What They Can To Make It Safe.

The upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic will reshape one of the most fundamental aspects of ordinary life starting Monday: voting.

Poll workers will begin greeting voters from behind face masks and shields as early voting begins in primary runoffs that will look and operate differently from any Texas election in the past 100 years. Although the first statewide election during the pandemic is expected to be a low-turnout affair — primary runoffs usually see single-digit turnout — the contest is widely regarded as a high-stakes dry run for the November general election, when at least half of the state's more than 16 million registered voters are expected to participate.

More than 30 runoffs are ongoing for party nominations to congressional, legislative and local offices. The most prominent race is the statewide Democratic contest to see who will challenge incumbent John Cornyn for U.S. Senate.

But the shot at working through a new set of considerations — and challenges — for running a safe and efficient election could be complicated by its timing. The runoff was postponed from May and takes place as the state’s tenuous grip on controlling the coronavirus outbreak unravels into record-high daily infection and hospitalization rates.

-The Texas Tribune

Dallas County Judge Calls Gov. Abbott To Enact Statewide Mandatory Mask Ordinance 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is asking the Governor to implement a statewide mandatory mask ordinance.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Jenkins sent Gov. Abbott's office a letter asking him to reinstate the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order for 30 days along with requiring masks in certain areas.

Jenkins also included a list of recommendations from the Public Health Committee.

The group of health experts recommended that Texas keep businesses at 50% capacity, limit indoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer and close all gyms, bowling alleys and movie theaters.

Sunday, June 28

570 New Cases, 1 More Death In Dallas County

Dallas County has 570 additional positive cases today, another new daily record, and one death. This brings the total case count in the county to 20,165, including 352 deaths.

“The more important number is hospitalizations,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, “Which has doubled this month and is the best indicator of the wide community spread we are experiencing."

Jenkins sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott yesterday with recommendations from health experts asking him to follow their advice to quell the spread of the virus in Dallas County and across the state.

The additional death being reported in Dallas County today is that of an Irving man in his 80s.He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.

393 New Cases In Tarrant County 

There are 393 new cases in Tarrant County today, according to data released by county health officials. This brings the countywide confirmed case count to 11,476, including 225 deaths. 

Collin County Has 92 New Cases Today

There are 92 new cases in Collin County today. That brings the countywide total confirmed cases to 2,763, including 42 deaths.

40 New Cases In Denton County

Denton County has 40 new cases today. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 2,670 confirmed cases, including 37 deaths. 

Included in the 40 new cases reported today are two residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the countywide total to 22 cases associated with long-term care facilities. 

Early Voting Begins Monday

Early voting for the July 14 primary runoffs begins Monday.

Among the ballot items: A Democratic runoff between Dallas state Senator Royce West and retired Air Force pilot MJ Hegar to take on Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

Voters will decide 15 U.S. House runoffs — including former Dallas congressman Pete Sessions' attempt to return to Congress from a new district. He faces Waco businesswoman Renee Swann.

There are also 14 Texas House runoffs.

The primaries were originally scheduled for May, but the Governor delayed them until July, and extended the early voting period, because of coronavirus.

Early voting runs from Monday to July 10.

More on what you need to know about early voting from The Texas Tribune.

Forecasters Say Without Increased Mitigation Efforts, Dallas County's Daily Cases Could Double In July 

As Texas continues to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia says the state has “lost control” of the pandemic. 

PolicyLab forecasters say if mitigation efforts don't change, Dallas County could see roughly a thousand daily new coronavirus cases by mid-July — that's more than double the current daily case count.

Recently, the county's seen record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Harris County — which includes Houston — the weekly average of new hospitalizations has quadrupled since mid-May.

PolicyLab director Dr. David Rubin is concerned about how quickly the epidemic is progressing, saying it could quickly overwhelm local healthcare systems.

Just this week, Texas Children's Hospital announced it'll admit adult COVID-19 patients after a surge of hospitalizations in the Houston area.

Counties have been passing mask requirements, but Rubin said it may be too late to slow the spread of coronavirus through masks alone.

He said states with elevated risk like Texas need to take more aggressive steps to curb transmission.

Texas Reinstates Safety Rules For Child Care Centers As Cases Mount

As COVID-19 cases rise precipitously, Texas is reinstating safety mandates for child care centers that had been repealed in mid-June.

The newest emergency rules, published Thursday, include requiring child care centers to check temperatures of staff and students each day, have parents drop students off outside and not serve family style meals. State health officials said the immediate adoption of the rules was necessary to prevent "imminent peril to the public health, safety, and welfare of the state."

For the first time, state officials are also mandating that child care centers comply with the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, which advises child care providers to consider a number of social distancing and screening methods. - The Texas Tribune

EU Narrows Down Border List, US Unlikely To Make The Cut

European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly from late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. coronavirus cases.

The envoys were expected to have narrowed down later Saturday the exact criteria for countries to make the list, which include the way the spread of the virus is being managed. Another key condition is whether the country has a ban on citizens from European nations.

The number of cases in the United States has surged over the past week, with an all-time high of 45,300 confirmed new daily infections just reached. President Donald Trump also suspended the entry of all people from Europe’s ID check-free travel zone in a decree in March. — The Associated Press

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

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