Dallas County health officials on Sunday reported 592 additional COVID-19 cases and three coronavirus-related deaths.
People who died after contracting COVID-19 included a Garland woman in her thirties who died on a domestic flight, a Glenn Heights woman in her fifties who had been seriously ill at a local hospital, and a Dallas man in her fifties who had been critically ill in a hospital, according to the county. All three had high-risk underlying health conditions.
Dallas County reported a total of 1,085 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said the woman in her thirties was on a flight departing from Arizona and arriving in Texas on July 25, when it became difficult for her to breathe.
The county recently learned that his death was due to COVID-1
Of the 592 cases added on Saturday, 554 were confirmed cases and 390 arrived through the Texas Department of State Health Services e-reporting system. Thirty-eight of these 390 are considered older cases.
In addition to confirmed cases, DCHSS also reported 38 probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday. The county has reported 89,987 confirmed and 4,580 probable cases of COVID-19 since March.
Jenkins expressed frustration that Governor Greg Abbott eased state-level restrictions just as new cases begin to ebb.
“What happens is that people hear it, they might not go to a bar but they think it’s safe now to have friends watching the Cowboys game or do something else they want to do,” he said. “We continue to jump arms and this brings us back to a situation that damages public health, businesses and schools.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported an estimated number of recoveries on its site and lists 80,491 for Dallas County as of Saturday, October 17. Using data provided by the state, there are approximately 7,748 active COVID-19 cases in the county.
Of all confirmed coronavirus cases requiring hospitalization, more than two-thirds are under the age of 65, Dallas County Health and Human Services said. Diabetes was an underlying health condition in approximately one third of all hospitalized patients, while 24% of COVID-19-related deaths were associated with long-term care facilities.
Coronavirus cases in Texas
The locations on the map are approximate locations of the county and are not intended to identify where infected people live.
Case data was pulled from a variety of sources including county health departments, Texas State Department Health Services, KXAN-TV in Austin, and KPRC-TV in Houston.