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Dallas County reports 8th, 9th coronavirus deaths and 72 new cases;

Two more positive cases were confirmed by county health officials Saturday, bringing the total to 15.

Of that total, five were reported in Ennis, three each in Midlothian and Dallas News Red Oak, two in Waxahachie and one each in Palmer and Maypearl. Eight were men and seven were women, officials said.

Eight of the 15 cases fall between the ages of 30 and 49, officials said.

Johnson County
Johnson County reported its first coronavirus-related death Saturday.

According to the county’s data, the death occurred out of state but will be included in the county’s totals going forward. KXAS-TV (NBC 5) reported that the man was in his late 60’s and that he contracted the disease while on a cruise.

There are six other positive cases in the county, according to the county’s Friday report.

Tarrant County
Tarrant County reported 14 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 128.

No further details about the new cases were released. The county  Press Release Distribution Services In Dallas has had one death related to the disease, and three people have recovered.

Fort Worth has the most positive cases, at 44, followed by Arlington and Mansfield, with 21 and nine cases, respectively.

Half of the cases are believed to be travel-related, while 48 are believed to be a result of community spread, according to county health officials.

Meanwhile, Fort Worth police officers will begin wearing masks and gloves as they interact with the public, the Police Department announced Saturday.

“We understand that this is not ideal and will be an adjustment, but this decision has been made to protect the health and safety of everyone,” the statement read.

Among other protective measures, the department regularly disinfects every police vehicle and wipes them down before each shift, and it conducts temperature checks of every employee entering city facilities. It has done away with roll calls and has instructed officers to wash hands frequently and comply with social-distancing practices.

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