Updated 6:40 p.m.: Revised to include Collin County cases.
Dallas County reported two more COVID-19 deaths Saturday, along with 107 new positive cases.
A Garland man in his 60s and a Grand Prairie man in his 70s died. Both had underlying health conditions and were hospitalized, county health officials said.
The county has now recorded 27 deaths and 1,644 positive cases of COVID-19.
The county released an updated demographic report of its positive cases on Friday. Of all hospitalizations, 69% have been people who were either over 60 or had at least one known underlying chronic health condition. Diabetes has been an underlying health condition in about one-third of all hospitalized patients.
“This Easter will be different but need not be less special,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement Saturday. “Easter commemorates the resurrection after a dark and hopeless Friday. Our Sunday is coming North Texas. Just as Americans overcame the pandemic flu of 1918 and WWII, we will come through this and will emerge stronger together.”
Denton County health officials reported Saturday that three people living at the Denton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center who previously tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
The deaths include a man over 80, a woman over 80 and a woman in her 60s, officials said. The county said one staff member of the nursing facility also tested positive and is self-isolating at home.
“The loss of these three lives is almost beyond words as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in our county,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in a written statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with each of their families as they cope with the deaths of their loved ones.”
The county said it has been working closely with the center since the coronavirus was first confirmed at the facility. Officials didn’t say when the cases were identified or if others there had tested positive.
“DCPH is taking the unprecedented step of announcing the name of the facility to ensure transparency for the public in light of today’s deaths,” Dr. Matt Richardson, the county’s public health director, said in a written statement. “We have been communicating with the more than 100 facilities across Denton County to ensure they have the necessary resources for the safety of their residents and staff.”
Eads said the county is working with state partners to coordinate testing and get personal protective equipment for employees caring for people at long-term care facilities.
Denton County has now had 13 deaths related to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the county also reported 20 new cases Saturday, bringing its total to 474.
Tarrant County reported four more coronavirus deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 25.
The county said three of the victims were Fort Worth residents — a woman in her late 40s, a man in his 60s and a man in his 70s. The fourth was a man in his 80s who lived in Sansom Park.
All four people had underlying health conditions, the county said.
“This is a stressful time for all of us, but we will get through it and bend the COVID-19 curve if we all follow the guidelines,” Vinny Taneja, the county’s public health director, said in a written statement.
The county also reported 82 more positive cases on Saturday, bringing its total to 787. A total of 90 people in the county have recovered.
Collin County reported 18 new positive cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing its total to 441. The county’s death toll stands at seven.
The county has reported 24 confirmed cases since it began keeping track of COVID-19, but county Judge Hal Richards has said no further information will be coming.
That isn’t sitting well with at least one elected official.
County Commissioner Ken Cates has called for an emergency meeting Monday over Richards’ decision not to release more case-specific information.
“Geographic spread data is necessary for operational decisions related to employee work assignments, supplemental resource planning and, most importantly, for citizens and business owners to make informed decisions about where they might shop or travel for essential services,” Cates said, according to inForney.com, an online news outlet.
Richards said the county is small enough that providing more information, such as ZIP codes and city names, could make it easier to identify patients who have tested positive, inForney.com reported.