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 277,000 cases and more than 3,300 deaths have been reported. More than 142,000 Texans have recovered.
- In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 35,914; Tarrant County: 19,014; Collin County: 4,800; Denton County: 4,316. There have been at least 851 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.
Dallas County Reports 1,000 New Cases, Record-Tying 20 Deaths
An additional 1,000 cases raises the countywide total to 35,914.
“We unfortunately are reporting the deaths of 20 more of our county residents today, and with another day of 1,000 cases, we continue to see significant spread in Dallas County," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. "Our hospitals and health care heroes are feeling the strain as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high. Please continue to wear a mask when around others outside your home and maintain six foot distancing.”
Twenty deaths were reported today.
Three of them had no underlying high-risk health conditions, and had been critically ill in a hospital:
- A Duncanville man in his 50s.
- A Dallas man in his 70s.
- A Dallas man in his 80s.
Seventeen had underlying high-risk health conditions, and had been hospitalized:
- A Grand Prairie man in his 40s.
- A Dallas man in his 40s.
- A Dallas man in his 50s.
- Two Dallas men in their 60s.
- A Cedar Hill woman in her 70s.
- Three Dallas woman in their 70s.
- Two Dallas men in their 70s.
- A Duncanville man in his 70s.
- Two Dallas men in their 80s.
- And two women and a man from Dallas who were in their 80s and 90s, living in long-term care facilities.
531 New Cases In Tarrant County
Tarrant's 531 new cases brough the countywide total to 19,014. There have been 272 people who have died and 9,031 who have recovered from the virus.
Denton Man With COVID-19 Dies; County Reports 154 New Cases
A Denton man over 80 with COVID-19 has died, bringing the total number of deaths related to the disease in Denton County to 41.
County health officials also reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 today. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 4,316 confirmed cases.
Collin County Reports 115 New Cases
Another 115 cases brings the countywide total to 4,800. There have been 61 people who have died from the virus.
Texas A&M System Will Have Free Testing
Free COVID-19 testing will now be available for students, faculty and staff at all 11 Texas A&M System universities.
Campuses will receive roughly 15,000 test kits a month, which will be administered at central testing locations on each campus. Testing may start as early as the end of this week, according to a press release.
“Ensuring the health and safety of our students is our top priority,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “Facilitating increased accessibility and availability of COVID-19 testing will help us mitigate the spread and help to protect each other by taking preventative and proactive measures.”
California-based Curative Inc., a national testing company, has an agreement with Chancellor Sharp for testing. The company will ensure testing results will be available within 30 hours from when a sample arrives at the lab.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get tested if they experience COVID-19 symptoms or suspect they were exposed to someone who had the virus.
Online registration will be available at each campus and those who want to be tested must sign up online. The mouth swabbing will be self-administered, but monitored by a trained professional.
Testing will not be available for the general public.
Texas GOP Will Hold Virtual Convention
The Texas Republican Party has decided to hold a virtual convention after all.
That decision last night followed the Texas Supreme Court's earlier refusal to force Houston to allow an in-person event.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner last week directed city lawyers to terminate the contract with the Texas GOP because he believed an in-person convention could not be held safely.
The convention — scheduled to begin Thursday — typically draws thousands of attendees.
Fort Worth-Based American Airlines Warns Unions Of Layoffs And Furloughs
American Airlines is warning unions layoff and furlough notices will be sent to workers soon.
The Dallas Morning News reports the Fort Worth-based carrier's overstaffed by as many as 20,000 workers. The airline has already begun laying off 5,000 corporate administrative and support staff employees.
American's passenger traffic is expected to drop 30% in the fall because of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Southwest Airlines says the Dallas-based company needs to triple the number of passengers it has by the end of the year or face the possibility of laying off or furloughing workers.
Dallas County Reports 1,114 New Cases
There are 1,114 new cases in the area, bringing the total to 34,914. As the virus continues to spread in North Texas, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said daily case numbers continue to be over 1,000. He urged residents to stay vigilant as they go outside by social distancing and wearing masks:
“We continue to see over 1,000 new positive COVID-19 cases each day and we know there is still rampant community spread of this virus. It has been just over four months since we reported our first case in Dallas County and I know everyone is ready to find some sense of normalcy, even if that means our ‘new normal.’ However, you are much more likely now to come into contact with someone who has the virus than you were a few months ago during the Safer at Home orders. Whenever you leave your house, please take your mask, and wear it whenever you go in a store or business and whenever you are within six feet of someone outside your home.”
Six deaths being reported today include:
- 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 any underlying high risk health conditions.
- A man in his 60s 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 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 any underlying high risk health conditions.
- A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of DeSoto. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have any 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 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. She passed away in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
322 New Cases In Tarrant County
Another 322 cases brings the countywide total to 18,483. There have been 272 deaths and 8,735 people who have recovered from the virus in the area.
Denton County Reports 113 New Cases
An additional 113 cases raises the total to 4,162. There have been 128 newly recovered patients, bringing the countywide recovery total to 1,730.
152 New Cases In Collin County
There are 152 additional cases, bringing the countywide total to 4,685. In the area, 58 people have died from the virus.
Denton ISD Delays School Reopenings
The Denton school board has pushed the first day of school to Wednesday, August 26.
Superintendent Jamie Wilson said the delay allows staff more time to practice safety protocols.
Recent surveys indicated more than 70% of respondents want in-person instruction with new safety and wellness protocols as recommended by the Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Denton ISD Parents have until mid-August to choose in-person or remote learning for their kids. Superintendent Wilson said Friday he expects more parents will choose remote learning.
New Study To Test For The Prevalence Of COVID-19
UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources will recruit 30,000 people, along with 14,000 volunteers found through local businesses for a new study of COVID-19.
UT Southwestern Dr. Amit Singal is the principal investigator for the study. He explained what he's looking for.
“First, how many residents are currently infected with COVID-19 or have antibodies?,” he said. “Second, what is the rate of infection among non-medical, essential occupations in which social distancing is difficult?”
A number of study participants will get tested after a year to review the effectiveness of social distancing guidelines — and to look for antibodies that could illuminate the risks of re-infection.
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74 New Cases In Collin County
The 74 additional cases in Collin County bring its accumulative total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,533, as of 3:30 p.m. today. The county's death total stands at 56.
Tarant County Adds 404 New Cases
Tarrant County's additional 404 cases today bring its countywide accumulative total to 18,161. The county's total death count as of today is 272.
Dallas County: 1,174 Additional Cases, 2 New Deaths
Dallas County reports 1,174 new cases as of 11 a.m. today, bringing its total case count to 33,800. Dallas County Health and Human Services has also reported two deaths:
- A Dallas man in his 60s
- A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas
That brings Dallas County's death total to 51.
On Saturday, Dallas County finished the week with an average of 1,121 cases per day and 54 total deaths, making the past week the county's deadliest and the one with the highest daily case average.
112 New Cases in Denton County
Denton County Public Health reported 112 new cases today, bringing the county's cumulative total — current, recovered and deaths — to 4,049. The death count remains at 40.
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