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COVID-19 Live Updates: Dallas County Reports Record-Breaking 1,085 New 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 185,000 cases and more than 2,500 deaths have been reported. More than 93,000 Texans have recovered.
  • In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 23,675; Tarrant County: 13,423 (as of 7/2/20); Collin County: 3,321; Denton County: 3,184. There have been at least 709 reported deaths in the region's four largest counties. ***Totals don't include updated Tarrant County case numbers because of the July 4th weekend. 
  • Counties across Texas: Use The Texas Newsroom's interactive maps
  • Global: See Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 dashboard.

Friday, July 3

Dallas County Reports Record-Breaking 1,085 New Cases 

New confirmed cases spiked above 1,000 for the first time, bringing the countywide total to 23,675. County Judge Clay Jenkins said there's no doubt the virus is surging:

“Today we reached 1,000 new cases for the first time and are reporting six deaths. So far this week, we’ve seen a jump in the average number of daily cases from 451 last week to 680 this week and have recorded 42 deaths, our deadliest week thus far. Remember that because it is taking up to 10 days to get back much of the test results, the situation we are seeing with the rise in positive cases is not what is happening today, but what was happening a week or more ago."

He urged residents to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines through the holiday weekend: 

"It is imperative that we do not repeat the spike in cases we saw after Easter/Passover and Memorial Day. Please celebrate the 4th of July with your household only, meaning those you are around and in close contact with daily. Please do not celebrate the 4th of July with extended family or friend groups, and if you must be around other people, always wear a mask.”

All six of the new deaths reported were people with underlying high-risk health conditions; most were in the hospital.

  • A man in his 60s from Grand Prairie.
  • An Irving woman in her 60s.
  • A Garland woman in her 60s.
  • A Farmers Branch man in his 70s who died in a hospital emergency room.
  • An Irving man in his 70s.
  • A Dallas woman in her 90s who died in hospice care.    

122 New Cases In Collin County 

Another 122 cases in the county brings the total to 3,321. There have been 45 deaths and 2,583 people who have recovered in the area. 

Denton County Report High Of 152 New Cases

A record 152 new cases in the county brings the total to 3,184. There have been 37 total deaths in the area. 

“Today we are reporting our highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day,” Dr. Matt Richardson, director of Denton County Public Health, said in a statement. “Although the holiday weekend is upon us, we ask you to limit contact with individuals outside your household, wear a mask, and stay physically distant.” 

American, Other Major Airlines Reach Tentative Loan Agreements With The Government

Five airlines including Fort Worth-based American have reached tentative agreements for new loans from the government to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic.

The Treasury Department said yesterday it had letters of intent with American, Spirit, Frontier, Hawaiian and SkyWest.

Those and all other leading U.S. airlines previously accepted a combination of grants and loans to help cover payroll costs through September 30.

These five are the first to take loans from a separate $25 billion package that Congress set aside to help companies hurt by the pandemic.

Air travel in the U.S. dropped about 95% by mid-April. It has recovered slowly but remains down about 75% from a year ago. 

Texas Medical Association Withdraws As GOP Convention Advertiser

The Republican Party of Texas is moving ahead with its in-person convention, leading a prominent advertiser to drop out.

In a statement on Twitter, Texas Medical Association President Diana Fite said the Houston gathering “poses a significant health risk to conventiongoers, convention workers, health care workers, and the residents of Houston,” even after a mandate from Gov. Greg Abbott that most people wear masks at public gatherings.

Fite did say the TMA was “pleased” the convention would comply with the mask order.

The convention will start with meetings on July 13th, with a larger general session set to start on the 16th. 

The state GOP’s Executive Committee voted Thursday night to move forward with the in-person convention. A statement from the party said the event would have thermal scanners, deep cleaning, hand sanitizer stations and other safety precautions.

The Texas Medical Association represents tens of thousands of doctors and med students. It says it gave $5,000 dollars to both the Republican Party of Texas and the state Democratic Party, which held a virtual convention in June.

Dallas County Launches Housing Assistance Program

Dallas County has launched an Emergency Housing Assistance Program for residents facing economic hardship because of COVID-19.

The program is aimed at providing short-term assistance for Dallas County residents living outside the City of Dallas. It'll help cover expenses like rent, mortgage and utility bills.

At a news briefing yesterday, Dallas County Director of Health and Human Services Dr. Philip Huang said a lottery system will be used to distribute the aid.

"You know, there's no advantage if someone has faster internet, if you have to use a phone to access it, you're not at a disadvantage,” Huang said. “Everyone who gets in during that time will be in the lottery system."

Residents have until July 9 to apply. Applications can be submitted at dallascounty.org or by phone at 214-819-1968.

July 2

Gov. Greg Abbott Issues Statewide Mask Requirement 

Abbott's Thursday afternoon order requires Texas residents in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases to wear masks when in public. 

The order takes effect Friday at 12:01 p.m. 

The mandate includes exceptions for kids under 10, those with health conditions or people eating or drinking. 

Until now, Abbott has resisted calls for a statewide mask requirement and has allowed local officials to decide.

Dallas County Reports Record 708 Cases, Surging Past Previous High

A record 708 cases today brings the countywide total to 22,590. An increasing number of cases have been diagnosed in young adults from the ages of 18 to 39. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said case numbers are accelerating at a concerning rate. He urged residents to socially distance during the 4th of July weekend. 

“Today we reached 700 new COVID-19 cases for the first time and 387 total deaths. It took 92 days to reach 300 COVID-19 cases and it has taken 22 days since then to reach 700," Jenkins said. "The situation we have right now is significant and accelerating community spread. We cannot afford another statewide letdown in our strong personal responsibility COVID-19 protection choices, so this Fourth of July, celebrate with your nuclear family and avoid crowds and extended family gatherings." 

Dallas County expects to report more than 1,000 new cases Friday.

"We can not have another memorial day after this July Fourth weekend," Dr. Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said. "If that happens it will be catastrophic."

Seven deaths were reported today:

  • A man in his 40s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s 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 50s 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 60s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized.
  • 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 90s 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.

473 New Cases In Tarrant County

An additional 473 cases in the county raises the total to 13,423. There have been 233 deaths and 5,517 people who have recovered from the virus in the area. 

Collin County Reports 86 New Cases 

There are 86 additional daily cases, bringing the countywide total to 3,199. A total of 45 deaths have been reported in the area. 

81 New Confirmed Cases In Denton County Thursday

There are 81 new cases in Denton County today. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 3,032 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 37 deaths. County health officials are also reporting 26 new recoveries, increasing the countywide recovery total to 1,190.

League Of United Latin American Citizens Urges Gov. Abbott To Take Tougher Actions Against COVID-19

The League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, is urging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to implement tougher actions to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

In a letter to Abbott, LULAC’s national president, Domingo Garcia, said the organization has declared a statewide public health emergency.

“LULAC has been raising the alarm now for months and yet we have seen little to no action from our national, state and federal governments,” he said. “People are dying. It’s time that we stop play blue and red politics, and we start playing about American lives. And here in Texas, that means we take care of all our Texans.” 

The disease has disproportionately affected Latinos. In Dallas and Harris counties, Latinos account for more than 60% of positive COVID-19 cases. In Bexar County, it’s more than 73%. 

LULAC is asking the governor to issue an executive order mandating that everyone in the state wear a mask. 

It wants violators to be fined $500 and says local public health workers and fire department staff could enforce that instead of police.

Federal Officials Plan To ‘Blitz’ Test Young Adults In The State

Federal officials are planning a "blitz" of testing in Texas, focused on young adults who're asymptomatic and unknowingly spreading COVID-19.

The Dallas Morning News reports those under 35 in "moderate sized" communities will be the target.

The new initiative comes as new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are surging in Texas to their highest levels since the pandemic began.

It's unknown when this testing initiative will begin or how officials would ensure compliance.

Texas State Prisons Accept Inmates For The First Time In Months

State prisons in Texas began accepting inmates from county jails for the first time in nearly three months.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice halted intakes in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in its facilities.

Spokesperson Jeremy Desel said the agency is taking a number of precautions as it restarts the process.

"It will be very limited to just 250 offenders a week coming in statewide from various counties,” he said. “We will be starting with counties that don't show any evidence of COVID-19 within their county jail systems."

The intake process for all county jail inmates will take place at the Garza West Unit in Beeville, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Since the pandemic began, more than 8,800 Texas prison inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

Austin City Limits Joins Other Cancelled Music Festivals This Year

Austin City Limits has joined the ranks of other major music festivals that have been canceled because of the coronavirus

Festival organizers said in a statement yesterday that scrapping the three-day October event was “the only responsible solution.” 

The festival is one of the largest in the country. The Coachella music festival in California and Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee will also not take place this year. 

Learn More:

Wednesday, July 1

Denton County Announced 106 New Cases 

There are 106 new cases in the county, bringing the countywide total to 2,951. Another 11 people have recovered from the virus, raising the countywide recovery total to 1,164. 

544 New Cases In Dallas County

An additional 544 cases in the county brings the total count to 21,882. An increasing number of cases have been linked to daycares, large recreational and social gatherings and long-term care facilities. 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said another surge in cases during the July 4th holiday could push hospitals over capacity and set the economy back further: 

“Today’s seven deaths include a woman in her 20’s and a man in his 50’s with no underlying health conditions, a somber reminder of the dangerous nature of COVID-19 on everyone. Many people are making plans for the 4th of July weekend. We cannot afford another deviation from making good decisions like we saw during Easter/Passover and Memorial Day given the surge in cases we are now seeing.

It was nearly two months from the time I declared a state of emergency and instituted ‘Safer at Home,’ until the daily case numbers began to go down. It was over five weeks from the time the Governor stopped ‘Safer at Home,’ removed requirements, and began opening many more businesses before we began to see a large surge in cases. The only time we’ve seen huge change happen in less than a month has been the increase in the number of cases we saw two weeks after Easter/Passover and two weeks after Memorial Day. That must not happen for this weekend. If it does, our hospitals are at risk of being overrun later, many more people will get sick and die, and our economy will be set back for months. 

Please celebrate the 4th of July with your families and only be around people that you are in close contact with daily. When you are around people other than your family, please wear a mask and keep six foot distance at all times. It’s going to be up to all of us to have a safer 4th of July weekend than we achieved together as a community for Easter/Passover and Memorial Day. Lives depend on it.” 

Seven deaths have been reported today:

  • A woman in her 20s 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 woman in her 40s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She was found deceased at home, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of DeSoto. He 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 a long-term care facility in the City of Seagoville. 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 hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.

Collin County Reports 117 New Cases 

Another 117 cases brings the countywide total to 3,114. There have been 43 deaths in the area and 2,396 people have recovered from the virus. 

606 New Cases In Tarrant County

There are 606 more cases, raising the total case count to 12,950. Three deaths were reported today, including a Mansfield man in his 60s and two Fort Worth women, one in her 50s and the other in her 60s. All of the patients had underlying health conditions. 

Health Officials Criticize American Airlines For Booking Full Flights

Infectious disease experts are criticizing American Airlines’ decision to book flights full as the coronavirus continues spreading across the country.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, questioned the decision. He said transmission of COVID-19 is even more worrisome in the confined space of an airplane.

The Dallas Morning News reported that there is no federal law to mandate face masks or leave middle seats open on commercial airplanes.

But all major airlines now require face masks. Some carriers may also deny travel to passengers who refuse to wear one.

Meanwhile, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines will continue selling planes at two-thirds capacity through September. 

Fireworks Sales Are Booming Despite Show Cancellations

Some 4th of July fireworks shows across North Texas are canceled due to COVID-19.

Rex Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Fireworks, said those cancellations are driving booming sales.

“People are wanting to get out because they’ve been pinned up for so long so everyone is putting on their own show,” he said. “And they are coming out and buying like crazy.”

Nelson is concerned about running out of inventory by the end of 2020. He said most of his fireworks come from China and production in the country stopped when the pandemic started.

“There’s no way they can physically possibly produce enough fireworks by the new year season to fill out all the warehouses to get us back opened up in full blown operation for new years,” he said. 

Most cities across North Texas prohibit the sale of fireworks within city limits.

STAAR Testing Set To Return Next School Year

Standardized testing for students in Texas will return in the upcoming school year.

Despite record numbers of daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Texas plans to reopen schools in August.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath said yesterday that includes the STAAR test; which was suspended when school was closed to combat COVID-19.

The Texas State Teachers Association disagrees with the move and says the tests should be put off at least another year as schools try to figure out how to return to the classroom. 

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

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