Dallas County reports 21 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases; 40% believed to be community spread

Dallas County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and health officials believe that more than 40 percent of the new cases were community transmitted.

These new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in Dallas County to 95.

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County officials did not release details about ages, but said that nearly half of the new cases had no recent history of traveling outside of Texas or close contact with any other confirmed cases. This indicates that more than 40 percent of the new cases were locally trasmitted.

Tarrant County reported 13 new cases. That means there are now 42 COVID-19 cases in Tarrant County.

Denton County also reported four laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases at the Denton State Supported Living Center. Three of these cases are new. 

These cases include one person in their 50s and three in their 60s. All four are in hospital isolation.

There were then six new cases reported Saturday afternoon, bringing the total to 24 in Denton County. 

Collin County reported four new cases on Saturday, bringing the county's total to 31, while Ellis County reported its third case.

A second Dallas Police Department officer has also tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday, Dallas County opened a COVID-19 testing site outside the American Airlines Center.


Coronavirus health tips

While COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus, daily precautions recommended to prevent respiratory illnesses are the same:

•  Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you can't wash your hands.

•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•  Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.

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•  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•  Stay home when you are sick and keep children home when they are sick.

•  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

•  Get a flu shot. (Although the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is flu season.)


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