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COVID-19 updates: Dallas County adds 638 cases, 1 death

The countywide total now stands at 87,381 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including 1,057 deaths.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 5, 210 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, and additional 64 deaths. 

Since tracking began in March, the state has reported 800,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 16,622 deaths and 708,349 recoveries. 

In Dallas County, health officials announced 638 cases, confirming 629 of them were new. 

Officials also announced a Dallas man in his 50s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions and had been critically ill in a local hospital, died. 

The countywide total now stands at 87,381 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including 1,057 deaths.

Denton County commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell is quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19, county officials announced Tuesday.

As a result of close contact, Judge Andy Eads was notified Monday of potential exposure and will also quarantine for two weeks, officials said. 

"By going into an immediate quarantine, we are ensuring the health and safety of our employees as well as the general public," Eads said in a written statement. 

Anyone else who was potentially exposed to Mitchell will be notified by the Denton County Health Department and will also be asked to quarantine. 

The Denton County Commissioners Court held its meeting Tuesday morning via Zoom out of an abundance of caution.

Tuesday, county health officials reported 126 newly confirmed cases and three additional deaths. 

The deaths include: 

  • A woman over 80 who was a resident of Denton
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of Unincorporated Denton County
  • A man over 80 who was a resident of Denton

Health officials said of the newly confirmed cases, at least 99 are currently active. The new cases bring the countywide total to 14,472, including 12,296 recovering since tracking began in March. 

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Nearly 700 total confirmed deaths in Tarrant County

There have been nearly 700 total confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Tarrant County since tracking began in March. County health officials reported one more death Tuesday, bringing the total to 694. 

The latest victim to die was a Fort Worth man in his 60s with underlying health conditions, officials said. 

Hospitalizations are up 106% since Sept. 20. The latest data on the county's public dashboard shows there are 419 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19. 

During a Tarrant County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday morning, Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said all school districts should prepare for strictly virtual learning.