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Dallas County logs 14 new coronavirus infections, 5th death; both mobile test sites reach daily limit

Dallas County reported 14 more infections with the new coronavirus Tuesday, bringing its total to 169. It was the fewest new cases in six days.

The county also reported its fifth death from COVID-19, a Dallas woman in her 70s who had high-risk chronic health conditions.

Of the cases reported so far, 36% are among people 18 to 40 years old, 36% among people 41 to 60, and 28% among people 61 and older. One patient is a teenager. About 63% of Dallas County patients are male and 37% are female.

The city of Dallas has 103 cases — 61% of the county’s total. Irving, with 11 cases, is the only other city with more than 10.

Nearly two-thirds of the Dallas County patients have not been hospitalized. Dallas Latest News Of the 61 patients who have been, about two-thirds are older than 60 or have a high-risk chronic health condition, officials said.

The county is now under a shelter-in-place order, which requires residents to stay at home unless they are working essential jobs or running certain errands.




Dallas County has ramped up its ability to test for the virus with two drive-through testing sites, at the American Airlines Center near downtown Dallas and the Ellis Davis Field House in the Red Bird area. They opened over the weekend and can process a total of several thousand tests per week.

Although the sites were initially for the elderly, first responders, health care workers and DART bus drivers, those restrictions have been lifted. Anyone — not only Dallas County residents — can be tested if they have three specific symptoms: a cough, shortness of breath and a fever of 99.6 degrees or higher.

Both sites closed early after reaching their testing limit for the day Tuesday — American Airlines Center shortly before 3 p.m. and Ellis Davis Field House about 6 p.m. Both sites will reopen Wednesday morning.

The city of Dallas said the limit is 250 tests per site per day, and County Judge Clay Jenkins said at a news conference Tuesday evening that federal authorities had continued to reduce the number of tests allotted to the sites in large part because of the government’s limited capacity to process the tests.

Tuesday evening, Dallas city officials announced they would close city dog parks and all park amenities such as restrooms, open-play tennis courts, Press Release Distribution News soccer fields, basketball courts and water fountains in an aim to maintain social distancing.

“Unfortunately, we cannot allow the risk of further transmission,” said John D. Jenkins, interim director of the city’s parks and recreation department. “These recreational activities allow for individuals to gather and involve close contact and touching of a surface that may be a source of contamination. This is the last measure we can take to implement additional social distancing requirements."

Trails and parks will remain open, officials said, but only nonrestricted turf and greenspace areas will be available for use.

While recognizing the mental and physical value of outdoor exercise and fresh air, officials urge city residents to stay home and to practice social-distancing requirements of six feet between people while at the parks. Park rangers will monitor areas to ensure compliance.

Tarrant County

One person has died, and three have recovered.

About one-third of the cases are in Fort Worth, and 20% are in Arlington. The most common source of transmission has been travel, officials say.

Two employees and two residents of the Texas Masonic Retirement Center have tested positive for the virus in the days since the March 15 death of resident Patrick James, who had COVID-19, the center said Monday evening.

Gov. Greg Abbott said everyone who lives and works at the senior-living home would be tested, and the center said 210 people had tested negative.

Collin County
Officials in Collin County reported eight new cases on Tuesday night.

The new cases a 54-year-old man, 61-year-old woman and 63-year-old woman from Allen; a 41-year-old Frisco man; a 27-year-old McKinney man; a 35-year-old woman and 42-year-old man from Melissa; and a 77-year-old Richardson woman.

None of the new patients has required hospitalization, county officials said.

The county’s 53 coronavirus cases include one death and eight patients who have recovered.

Denton County

Denton County announced 15 new positive coronavirus tests Tuesday.

The county has now 51 confirmed COVID-19 patients, 15 of whom have required hospitalization. Ten of the cases are in people in their 20s, and six are in people in their 30s.

Two new cases were reported among residents at the Denton State Supported Living Center, which had reported four cases Saturday. The center — the only such state facility in North Texas — serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities who have behavioral problems or are medically fragile.

TSA screener’s test
The TSA said Tuesday afternoon that it had inaccurately reported that a screening officer at DFW International Airport had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Earlier in the day, the worker was included on the agency’s list of employees who had a positive COVID-19 test result. But an agency spokeswoman said that the screener’s test was still pending and that the list had been updated incorrectly.



The TSA says 26 screening employees and seven other workers who have limited public interaction have tested positive nationwide in the last two weeks.



“TSA is working with the CDC and state and local health departments to monitor local situations as well as the health and safety of our employees and the traveling public,” the agency said in a written statement.

Inmate tests positive
A man who is serving time in a state jail has tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in a Texas inmate.

The 37-year-old, who is incarcerated at a facility in Harris County, has been hospitalized since he complained of a cough and shortness of breath Saturday, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was in good condition Tuesday.

Inmates and staff members who had contact with the man were “being medically restricted per disease protocol," the department said in a news release.

Staff writers Kyle Arnold and Nic Garcia contributed to this report.

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