COVID-19 Live Updates: Dallas County Reports 906 New Cases
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 1.2 million cases and more than 22,500 deaths have been reported. That means over 1 million Texans have recovered from the disease.
- In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 130,830; Tarrant County: 105,675; Collin County: 27,553 (As of Dec. 1); Denton County: 25,094. There have been at least 2,501 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.
Friday, Dec. 3
Dallas County Reports 906 New Cases
Another 906 cases were reported today, 649 of which were confirmed and 257 were probable cases. There have been 131,479 total cases in the area. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said “now is the time for patriotism.” He urged residents to make sacrifices that will keep the community safe from the virus:
“Some of the many ways that we can be just a little bit safer include curbside or grocery delivery, forgoing trips to the gym, staying out of restaurants and bars, doing your holiday shopping online or calling ahead to the store, selecting your items and having them bring them out curbside.
When we all do those incremental changes in our individual behavior, it can have a big impact on public health, our economy, and the strength of our community and country."
Nine deaths were reported today:
- A Mesquite woman in her 30s.
- A Dallas woman in her 60s.
- A Dallas man in his 60s.
- Two Dallas men in their 70s.
- A Dallas woman in her 70s
- A Dallas woman in her 80s.
- A Dallas woman in her 80s
COVID Housing Opening Soon In North Dallas
The nonprofit Catholic Housing Initiative this week finalized its purchase of a hotel where people without permanent housing can stay if they need to quarantine due to COVID-19. Catholic Charities Dallas will operate the project and aims to welcome residents starting Dec. 14.
The site is in North Dallas near the intersection of Interstate 635 and Central Expressway.
Dallas County contributed $10 million toward the purchase and operation of the building using federal coronavirus relief money. The City of Dallas has contributed $2 million.
“This project will be a very good neighbor,” said County Commissioner Theresa Daniel, whose district includes the site.
Collaborators include the City of Dallas and other nonprofits. After the pandemic, the site will be for permanent and transitional housing for people experiencing long term homelessness.
“North Dallas I think is really stepping up on this one,” said Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman, who represents the area. “It’s not one of these where we’re trying to put it in a part of town that’s already been oversaturated with this kind of a thing. Hopefully it’ll be part of the solution.”
This item was updated to clarify the amount of money Dallas County and the City of Dallas contributed to the project.
Food Distribution Event In Dallas This Afternoon
Dallas Council member Carolyn King Arnold and Harold Edwards of the Church of the Living God are hosting a food distribution event today from 2 – 4 p.m. at Beckley Saner Recreation Center in Dallas.
Food will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and masks must be worn at all times. Recipients are asked to remain in their vehicles and volunteers will place food packages in their trunks.
Thursday, Dec. 3
Dallas County Has 2nd Highest Daily Case Total, Region Passes Governor's Hospitalization Threshold
Dallas County is reporting 2,122 additional positive cases today, the second largest daily case number in the county thus far.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the region's hospitalization rate has now reached the threshold set by Gov. Abbott that requires all non essential business occupancy limits to drop from 75% to 50%.
"It’s a strong reminder that now is the time for shared sacrifice and patriotism in forgoing the few things that doctors tell us are not safe, and instead, focusing on thankfulness for all the things we still can do in this time of increased spread while looking forward to getting back to our pre-COVID activities after the vaccine has been broadly distributed in the next few months," Jenkins said in a statement.
Today is the 7th day our region has been above the 15% of all available beds occupied by COVID19 patients threshold. Pursuant to @GovAbbott GA-32, once today’s numbers are updated on the @TexasDSHS website (tonight) our region will be subject immediately to a decrease....— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) December 3, 2020
Of today's cases, 1,637 are confirmed and 485 are probable cases. This brings the cumulative case total to 130,830 cases, including 1,224 confirmed deaths.
Three additional deaths are being reported today — men from Dallas, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. All three had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Tarrant County Testing Sites Seeing Increased Demand
Tarrant County has seen a significant uptick in the number of people seeking COVID-19 tests.
According to the County, 17,911 people received a test at one of its sites during the week that ended on Monday, Nov. 30. That’s up from 9,062 during the week that ended on October 26th and 2,858 during the week ending on Sept. 21.
“That’s just on the governmental sites. You know?” Tarrant County Administrator G.K. Maenius said in an interview. “Think about Walgreens, the CVS, and private physicians that are giving tests also.”
Tarrant County is reporting 2,894 new COVID-19 cases today and 10 additional deaths.
Those who died are described as:
- a Fort Worth man in his 80s
- An Arlington woman from Arlington in her 80s
- Two men from Arlington in their 70s
- A man and a woman from Fort Worth in their 70s
- A man and three women from Fort Worth in their 50s. Seven of the individuals had underlying health conditions.
The county's now had 105,675 cumulative cases, including 864 confirmed deaths.
Government testing sites in Tarrant County require an appointment. The county’s screening system asks if you have experienced symptoms, been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have chronic medical conditions, among other things.
471 New Cases & 4 More Deaths In Denton County
There are 471 new cases of COVID-19 in Denton County, of which 335 are active cases. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 25,094 cases, including 152 deaths.
Four more deaths were reported in Denton County today, they're described as:
- A Denton man over 80
- A woman over 80 who was a resident of Longmeadow Healthcare Center in Justin
- A Corinth man in his 50s
- A man in his 60s who was a resident of Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation in Pilot Point
Lubbock Hospitals Out Of Beds As Virus Surges In West Texas
West Texas, including Lubbock, continues to see a surge in new COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Doctor Ron Cook, Lubbock’s Public Health Authority, said hospitals there are also full.
"Last night, we had 19 patients that didn't have a bed, that needed a bed in the hospital. They were being roomed or housed in the emergency room," Cook said. "And, I do expect an increase here in another week or so."
Still, there is some good news out of Lubbock. UMC Health System President and CEO Mark Funderburk says 25% of the 80 people who received antibody therapy drugs last week said they felt “dramatically better.” About 30% said they felt slightly better.
6 Areas Have Surpassed The Governor's Hospitalization Threshold, And North Texas Is Coming Close
Of the 22 trauma service areas (TSA) in Texas, six have surpassed a COVID-19 hospitalization threshold put in place by Gov. Greg Abbott.
A North Texas TSA is poised to join the list.
Under executive order GA-32, businesses must reduce their capacity if coronavirus patients account for more than 15% of a trauma service area's hospitalizations for seven consecutive days.
The hospital region that includes Dallas and Fort Worth is nearing the tipping point that will trigger rollbacks. As of Wednesday, COVID-19 patients have hovered above 15% for six days in a row. If it reaches seven days today, restaurants, retail stores and other businesses will need to reduce capacity from 75% to 50%.
The areas that have surpassed that threshold are Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Waco and Laredo.
The Trauma Service Area that covers 25 counties in the Texas Panhandle now leads the state with the highest percentage of coronavirus patients.
They account for more than 37% of all hospitalizations in the region. Medical officials in Amarillo are confronting this trend firsthand.
Doctor Brian Weis is the Chief Medical Officer for Northwest Texas Hospital.
"We had 70 deaths from COVID-19 in November at Northwest. That's compared to 20 in October. We had 3.5 times the number of deaths in November from COVID," Weis said. "That's unacceptable. That's a tragic number and we have got to do better."
In the Amarillo area, COVID-19 patients have exceeded 15% of all hospitalizations for more than a month now. Statewide, there are more than 9,000 coronavirus patients.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
492 Cases Reported In Denton County
The 492 cases is the highest single-day number reported in the county. The previous high was 489 cases, reported on Tuesday. The countywide total is now 24,623 cases. There were also 192 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing that total to 18,281 for the county.
Dallas County Reports Three Deaths
The county also reported 1,640 new positive cases, bringing the cumulative total to 129,193. The three deaths are: a woman in her 40s from Lancaster, a woman in her 60s from Duncanville, and a woman in her 70s from Dallas. There have been a total of 1,221 deaths in Dallas County.
Five Deaths In Tarrant County
The deaths include a woman from Hurst in her 80s, a woman from North Richland Hills in her 70s, a man from Bedford in his 60s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 40s, and a man from Fort Worth in his 20s.
Tarrant County now has 854 confirmed deaths, and 73,232 people have recovered.
The county also announced that it has partnered with Kroger and Albertsons/Tom Thumb pharmacies to administer free flu vaccinations to uninsured residents until Dec. 30. Tarrant County will be billed $25 per vaccination under the program. To see a list of participating locations, check the county website.
15 Deaths In Collin County
Collin County reported 563 new cases and 15 deaths. The county now has a total of 27,553 cases and 261 deaths.
Nine West Texans Die Over Thanksgiving Holiday
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, nine West Texas residents died due to COVID-19. All of the patients were all being treated at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Medical Center Hospital, the largest healthcare facility in Odessa, said in a written statement that nine patients died between Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 29.
The ages of those who passed away range from a patient in their 40s to a 94-year-old man. The majority were from the Odessa area, but two patients were from Fort Stockton and Seminole. This announcement marks the continued spike in coronavirus cases plaguing the Permian Basin and the greater West Texas region.
Since March, over 12,585 people in the Midland-Odessa area have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and at least 279 people have died due to COVID-19 complications.
‘This Is Really Bad’, Says Local Healthy Authority About Rise Of Cases In Presidio County
One of the counties with the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in Texas is Presidio County in the Big Bend region, according to a New York Times analysis. Dr. John Paul Schwartz, the local health authority, says the situation is dire.
"We are in bad shape right now out here,” he said. “Nobody is saying that but I'm going to stick my neck out and say it. This is really bad.”
Meanwhile, the Presidio County Judge, cited the New York Times in a statement Monday urging people to stay home as much as possible.
State Reports New Single-Day Record Of Cases Over 15,000
Texas has set a new single-day record for new cases of coronavirus.
State health officials reported more than 15,000 yesterday. They attributed at least some of the spike to a lag in reporting over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Nearly 1,200 of those new cases were in Dallas County.
Also, there have been eight additional deaths in Dallas, Grand Prairie, DeSoto and Irving. All but one had underlying health problems.
However, Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang told county commissioners yesterday that there's been a slight downturn in the number of COVID-related emergency hospital visits in the last week.
"Y'know one of the hospital systems the prior week had said they projected that they'd reach their record numbers in a week, then the following week they said another week, so it delayed it a little bit,” he said. “But that is by no means any message to relax, and this was before the Thanksgiving holidays."
Yesterday marked the fifth straight day the hospital region has reported hospitalizations above the Governor's 15% threshold.
After seven straight days, Gov. Abbott's order calls for closing bars and cutting back retail establishments and restaurants from the current 75% capacity allowed to 50%.
A Dozen People Contract COVID-19 After Family Gathering
At least 12 people tested positive for COVID-19 after family members from Plano and other areas of the nation traveled to Missouri for a family gathering.
Larry Goldsticker of Plano recently told KDFW-TV his symptoms began soon after returning from his father's birthday celebration in St. Louis last month.
Goldsticker said the family took precautions -- including quarantine and testing -- but still contracted the virus. He believes one of the family members likely became infected while traveling. He said some flew and others drove to St. Louis.
Goldsticker said everyone has recovered, but he adds that travel and large gatherings aren’t worth the risk.
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Cases On The Rise In Dallas County
Another 1,179 positive cases were reported, bringing the total number to 127,786 cases countywide. Seven deaths were also reported, including:
- A man in his 60s from Grand Prairie.
- A woman in her 60s from Irving.
- A woman in her 70s from Grand Prairie.
- A woman in her 70s from Dallas.
- A man in his 70s from DeSoto.
- A man in his 70s from Dallas.
- A man in his 80s from DeSoto.
There have been 1,218 deaths total in Dallas County.
In addition to the rise in overall positive cases, case counts are rising in school-aged children (ages 5 to 17) and from those who live and work in long-term care facilities.
A provisional total of 1,282 COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in school-aged children in the week ending on Nov. 14, a three-fold increase from five weeks earlier. There are also 95 active long-term facility outbreaks currently, and a total of 798 COVID-19 cases (309 in staff members) have been reported in these facilities in the past 30 days. This is the highest number of outbreaks in long-term facilities since the start of the pandemic.
Six Deaths In Tarrant County
The deaths include two men from Fort Worth in their 70s, a woman from Bedford in her 70s, a woman from Fort Worth in her 60s, a woman from Kennedale in her 60s and a man from Fort Worth in his 50s.
Tarrant County now has 849 deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 72,017 people have recovered.
498 New Cases In Denton County
The new cases bring the countywide cumulative total to 24,133. The county also reported 210 newly recovered cases, bringing the recovery total to 18,089.
Two Deaths In Collin County
Collin County now has 246 deaths total. There are 26,990 positive cases overall in the county.
State Legislators Prepare To Hammer Out New Two-Year Budget
Texas lawmakers are preparing for the 20-21 legislative session, when they'll have to iron out a new two-year state budget in the wake of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar had previously predicted there would be a 4.6 billion-dollar shortfall for the current budget. But on Monday, he told the Legislative Budget Board conditions are improving.
"The outlook for the current two year budget is not nearly as dire as we feared in July," he said.
Hegar said one reason for the improvement is the state can now collect taxes from online sales from remote sellers outside of Texas.
He added Texas has collected more than $1.25 billion from remote sellers and marketplace providers, such as Amazon, in the last 12 months.
Texas Manufacturing Grows, But At A Slower Pace
Texas factory activity increased for the sixth consecutive month in November, but the monthly manufacturing survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas found the sector grew at a slower pace.
One sign growth is losing steam in Texas is the tumbling production index, which is a key measure of manufacturing conditions. It fell more than 18 points this month to 7.2. New orders also dropped compared to October.
Dallas Fed senior business economist Emily Kerr said companies highlighted a couple of factors behind the slowdown.
"A lot of them point to rising COVID cases, election uncertainty, there just continues to be a lot of uncertainty out there on both those fronts and that is driving some of this pullback, it seems," Kerr said.
More than 100 Texas manufacturers participated in the survey.
State Faces Huge Backlog In Court Cases
Texas is projected to have a backlog of more than 10,000 jury trial cases next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. David Slayton is the administrative director of the courts for the State of Texas. He said even though virtual jury trials are allowed, there have been very few.
"In a typical year, last year, we would have tried 5,500 cases between March and the end of September," Slayton said. "This year we tried 50 during that same period of time."
While there have been a limited number of virtual jury trials in Texas since late March, there have been over 760,000 remote court hearings with more than 2.3 million participants.
Justice and Municipal Courts are barred from holding in-person jury trials until February 1st.
Lighted Christmas Parade Canceled In Cleburne
The parade, scheduled for Friday, was cancelled amid health concerns. Other events that were planned for the same evening at Hulen Park in Cleburne, such as train rides, food and gift vendors, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, will still take place beginning at 6 p.m.
McLennan County Closes Bars
McLennan County has closed its bars after area hospitalizations for COVID-19 exceeded the state mandated limit of 15% for seven consecutive days.
County Judge Scott Felton also reduced capacity to 50% at stores, restaurants, and other businesses.
Meanwhile, in Houston, officials say they are having problems with some bars that have been allowed to reopen as restaurants but are not enforcing COVID-19 regulations.
Mayor Sylvester Turner plans to start visiting those bar-restaurants to ensure they're following rules related to occupancy limits and social distancing.
Monday, Nov. 30
Fort Worth Mayor Ready To Return To Work
Betsy Price, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 two weeks ago, said in a social media post that she and her husband Tom, who also tested positive for the virus, have recovered.
"Thank you for your calls, texts, emails, all of your messages for Tom and I," she said in a Twitter video. "Your support meant the world to us. Let's all wear our masks, social distance. Let's think about our hospital workers and first responders and what you can do to help them."
“I am pleased to announce both Tom and I are doing well and have recovered from COVID-19. Those who know me, know I am thrilled to return to working hard on behalf of Fort Worth. We appreciate everyone’s kind messages and prayers.— Betsy Price (@MayorBetsyPrice) November 30, 2020
Before being diagnosed with COVID-19, Price had to quarantine three separate times previously after being exposed to the virus.
702 New Cases In Dallas County
The new cases bring the countywide total to 126,690. Five deaths were also reported: a man in his 60s from Dallas, two men in their 70s from Richardson, a man in his 80s from Carrollton, and a woman in her 80s from Mesquite.
The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases rose to 1,405 for the week ending Nov. 14, a rate of 53.3 daily new cases per 100,000 residents. That's the highest case rate in Dallas County since the start of the pandemic.
Tarrant County Passes 100,000-Case Mark
There were 3,356 new cases reported in Tarrant County on Monday, many of which were reports received over the holiday weekend. The new cases put the county at 100,640 cases. There have been 71,114 recoveries reported.
368 Cases In Denton County
The new cases increase the cumulative, countywide total to 23,644. The county also reported 274 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 17,879.
Denton County Public Health is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Friday at North Central Texas College’s Exchange Parking Garage at 319 E Sycamore St in Denton.
More Mobile Hotspots Will Soon Be Available Through The Dallas Public Library
More than 2,000 hotspots should arrive at the library later this week and should ready for check out by the middle of December. This infusion of 2,100 mobile hotspots is in addition to 900 that were funded by the city council in the previous budget year.
Every Dallas public library, with the exception of the branch at NorthPark Center, will have at least 85 hotspots to lend. The branches that are located in neighborhoods with fewer internet-connected families will get priority — which means more hotspots initially.
Library staffers will closely monitor demand and can make adjustments if some libraries have a surplus or a shortfall.
Healthcare Professionals Are Concerned About Thanksgiving Being A Superspreader Event
Healthcare professionals across the country are raising concerns that Thanksgiving weekend was a superspreader event for coronavirus infections. Texas is one of those states, where, even before the weekend, coronavirus cases were trending up in almost every major city.
The day before Thanksgiving, Texas set a record for new cases with almost 15,000. Fewer new cases were reported over the weekend, likely due to the holiday. But hospitalizations have continued to climb. More than half the state's hospital regions have now surpassed a threshold the governor identified to trigger rolling back capacity for some businesses like bars and restaurants.
Before the Thanksgiving holiday, public officials across the state asked Texans to cancel gatherings or limit them to only members living in the same household. El Paso and San Antonio even issued partial curfews for the holiday weekend.
Dr. Joseph Varon, Chief of Staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston told ABC News that he's worried about the coming weeks.
"I'm concerned about the next six weeks because of what I have seen the last few days, because we have seen people gathering for Thanksgiving in large groups, because we have seen people going out shopping," Varon said.
Texas health officials are telling anyone who did travel for the holiday to get tested as soon as possible.
Dallas Mayor Announces Task Force To Examine How City Can Attract Entrepreneurs
Mayor Eric Johnson today will announce a new task force to examine how to make Dallas a top city for entrepreneurs.
The Dallas Morning News reports two significant figures in the Dallas-Fort Worth startup scene will lead the task force.
Trey Bowles heads the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. Mandy Price co-founded Kanarys — a platform allowing employees to anonymously review companies on issues like diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.
A statement from Mayor Johnson said as the economy changes and recovery from COVID-19 begins, there's a need to ensure small businesses can flourish in Dallas.
The task force has to recommend a course of action by April 30th.
J.C. Penney Officially Moves Out Of Plano Headquarters
The Dallas Morning News reports the retailer over the weekend filed a notice with a bankruptcy court to officially reject the lease for its headquarters. This comes after the retailer quietly moved out of the campus earlier this month.
Penney occupied 1.2 million square feet of the headquarters at Legacy Drive in Plano.
The retailer is expected to exit bankruptcy operating more than 650 stores — after it was purchased by its two largest landlords and primary lenders.
Dallas Street Choir Holds Concerts To Try To Keep Track Of Its Members
It's been more than eight months since members of the Dallas Street Choir could get together and sing.
When COVID-19 shut everything down, director Jonathan Palant knew it would be hard to keep in touch with members who were homeless, so he decided to bring professional musicians into the Bridge homeless shelter for concerts.
That helped Palant keep track of some choir members, but not all.
"Those who are staying in encampments, other shelters," Palant said. "I know of several folks who have left town. I don't know where a lot of our folks are. And I know that when we are able to resume rehearsals, it will be like starting again."
About 80 men and women regularly attended practice when the Dallas Street Choir last met.
Sunday, Nov. 29
3,303 New Cases, 6 More Deaths In Dallas County
Dallas County now has a cumulative total of 126,006 confirmed cases, including 1,209 deaths.
“Today we report 3,303 new cases and six deaths but keep in mind this is all COVID-19 positive cases reported Thursday, Friday, and Saturday," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. "When you spread that out over the three days, it’s actually a lower number than we’ve been averaging for the last week and probably indicates less people getting tested as most testing facilities were closed Thursday and Friday."
Jenkins said he expects to see more accurate numbers Tuesday and Wednesday, and to begin seeing effects from Thanksgiving by next Friday.
The additional deaths being reported today are described as:
- A Dallas woman in her 40s
- A Dallas man in his 50s and one in his 60s
- A Dallas man in his 80s and one in his 90s
- A Mesquite man in his 50s
All had underlying high-risk health conditions.
Tarrant County Reports 1,305 Cases, 5 More Deaths
There have now been a cumulative total of 97,294 cases in Tarrant County. The five deaths being reported today are described as:
- A Fort Worth man in his 90s and one in his 70s
- An Arlington woman in her 80s
- An Arlington man in his 70s
- A man in his 60s whose address is unknown
All had underlying health conditions. Tarrant County now has 843 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus and 68,950 people have recovered.
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