Dallas County reported 261 new coronavirus cases and zero deaths Monday.
It was first day in two weeks, and only the third in nearly three months, that the county didn’t report additional deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
The county said 177 of the newly reported cases came from the state’s reporting system: 35 from August and 142 from September. The rest were reported directly to the county health department.
The new figures bring the county’s total confirmed cases to 73,961.
Although a news release from the county indicated that 946 residents have died from COVID-19 — one more than on Saturday — a county representative confirmed that the toll remains at 945.
The county also has reported 3,184 probable cases and 10 probable COVID-19 deaths. While other North Texas counties provide estimates for how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries, saying it’s not a measurement used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement that he hoped residents celebrated the holiday weekend responsibly to ensure that there would not be a spike in cases. He also said the next challenge would be the reopening of schools, and he encouraged the continued use of masks and social distancing.
“If we all continue to work together for the good of the community, we’ll see less sickness and death, more businesses and jobs thrive, and more kids in school,” he said.
Across Texas, 2,057 new cases and 20 deaths were reported Monday — a day of the week when the numbers are generally lower because of lags in weekend reporting. A total of 13,492 Texans have died from the virus, and there have been 640,370 confirmed cases in the state.
There are 3,537 coronavirus patients in Texas hospitals, including 677 in North Texas. The seven-day average of positive tests for the state is 7.2%, the lowest that number has been since mid-June.
Because of the Labor Day holiday, Tarrant County will next release new coronavirus data Tuesday, according to a note on the county’s dashboard.
As of Saturday, the county had reported a total of 42,798 coronavirus cases — 2,576 of which were considered “probable.” Its death toll stood at 576.
There are 231 coronavirus patients in Tarrant County hospitals, and 37,402 people have recovered from the virus.
Collin County reported 53 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county’s total to 11,534 confirmed cases.
The county’s number of COVID-19 deaths remained at 118.
According to the county, 68 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus and 10,836 have recovered from it.
The county has posted a notice on its online coronavirus dashboard saying that local officials lack confidence in the data that are being provided by the state.
Denton County reported 51 new coronavirus cases and no additional deaths Monday.
The new cases bring the county’s total to 10,639 confirmed cases. There have been 101 deaths from the virus in Denton County.
According to the county’s data, 33 patients remain hospitalized and 8,898 have recovered.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has taken over reporting for other North Texas counties. Some of those counties may not report updates each day.
The latest numbers are:
- Rockwall County: 1,411 cases, 22 deaths
- Kaufman County: 2,845 cases, 42 deaths
- Ellis County: 3,888 cases, 60 deaths
- Johnson County: 2,587 cases, 46 deaths
Staff writer Dana Branham contributed to this report.