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Dallas County reports 82 coronavirus cases — the most in a single day; 2 DART employees test positive

Dallas County on Tuesday announced its highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day — 82 — as well as two additional deaths related to the disease.

So far during the pandemic, the county has reported 631 cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths.

The patients who died were a Rowlett man in his 50s and a Dallas man in his 90s, the county said. Both had underlying health conditions.

Health officials also noted that 26 cases of COVID-19 involving Dallas News long-term care facilities, including two deaths, have been reported in the last week. The number of people hospitalized in ICUs in the last week because of the illness exceeded the number of ICU hospitalizations during the peak of the 2019-20 flu season, they said.

“We are at the beginning of what will be a difficult time for Texas, especially here,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement. “We need each one of you to #StayInTheFight! To do that, I need you to practice self-care, have faith in science, and #StaySafebyStayingHome.”

The county also released updated demographic breakdowns of all its coronavirus cases Tuesday.

Seven of the total number of coronavirus cases — about 1% — are under the age of 18. Patients 18-40 and patients 41-60 each account for 36% of the cases, while 27% of cases are among patients older than 60. Forty-four percent of the patients are women, and 56% are men.

Nearly 400 of the county’s cases, or 62%, are among Dallas residents. Seventeen cases have been reported among inmates.

About 30% of the county’s coronavirus cases have required hospitalization at some point. Of those, about three-quarters were older than 60 or had a high-risk health condition. Diabetes was the most common such condition, present in 28% of hospitalized patients.

Tarrant County announced 20 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but the total number of cases in the county grew further because of a change in how they’re being reported.

Officials began reporting provisional cases this week — cases that are confirmed by lab reports “but are pending on investigational data,” according to public health director Vinny Taneja.

Combined, that brings the total number of cases in Tarrant County to 273.

“Until now, we have only been reporting confirmed cases, but Press Release Distribution Services In Dallas as the numbers in Tarrant County continue to increase, we want to provide the public with as much information as possible about the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” Taneja said Monday in a written statement.

In Dallas County, health officials made a similar change in reporting March 19, saying at the time that local laboratories’ “presumptive positive” tests would be considered positive COVID-19 cases without the need to send the samples to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing.

Tarrant County has reported one coronavirus-related death, and eight patients have recovered. More than half the cases are the result of community spread of the disease.

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