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COVID-19 updates: Dallas County reports 29 confirmed deaths

Dallas County health officials have reported more than 55,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since tracking began in March.

This story will be updated throughout the day as new information is released.

A man in his 30s who did not have any underlying health conditions is among the latest victims to die from COVID-19 in Dallas County.

Health officials reported 29 confirmed deaths and 1 probable death Tuesday afternoon. The victims range from a Dallas man in his 30s to Dallas woman in her 100s, according to officials.

The county also reported 298 new confirmed cases and 30 probable cases of the novel coronavirus.

Denton County reports 4 deaths, 122 new cases

Denton County Public Health announced four more people died from COVID-19 Tuesday, and 122 new cases have been confirmed.

The death reported include a Lewisville man in his 60s, a woman in her 80s who resided at Rambling Oaks Courtyard in Highland Village, a Highland Village man in his 40s, and a woman in her 70s who resided at Brookhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carrollton.

“The seriousness of COVID-19 cannot be more firmly stated Each of us has to do our part to keep this virus from spreading,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.

The newly confirmed cases bring the countywide total to 7,867, including 66 deaths and 4,848 recoveries.

DCPH plans to host a free drive-thru testing site at the University of North Texas’ Discovery Park at 3940 N. Elm Street on Friday, Aug. 14. The site will open at 8 a.m., and residents must call 940-349-2585 to pre-register.

Tarrant County reports 5 deaths

Tarrant County health officials reported five new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday afternoon. The victims include two men from Fort Worth, one in his 70s and one in his 60s, two women in their 80s from Fort Worth, and a man in his 80s from Arlington.

County health officials said all of the victims had underlying health conditions.

According to the officials, there has been a total of 427 confirmed deaths and 23,615 recoveries since tracking began in March.

Gov. Abbott meets with leaders in Southeast Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott visited Beaumont Tuesday to hold a briefing with local officials regarding the fight against COVID-19. 

During the briefing, Abbott and local leaders discussed strategies to continue reducing the number of positive cases and hospitalizations in Jefferson County. 

Abbott encouraged those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood and plasma to help with recovery efforts.   

According to the governor's office, leaders also discussed the upcoming school year and ways to reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus among students, teachers, and staff.

Abbott will hold another briefing Tuesday afternoon with officials in Victoria. A news conference is set to begin at 2:45 p.m. 

Last week during a visit to Dallas, Abbott urged Texans to "get a flu vaccine" as early as possible. 

He said it's critical to prepare for the convergence of the flu season and the continuing pandemic. 

RELATED: 'Get a flu vaccine': Gov. Abbott urges Texans to prepare for flu season amid COVID-19 pandemic

Abbott says virus tests may increase as schools reopen

Gov. Greg Abbott says coronavirus testing in Texas could increase as schools reopen amid a sharp drop-off in the number of tests in recent weeks. 

Texas has averaged more than 34,000 tests a day over the past week. That's down from a daily average of more than 60,000 in late July. 

New cases and hospitalizations have stabilized and decreased, and coronavirus deaths in Texas have reached nearly 8,500.

Hood County reports 35 new cases

Hood County health officials announced 35 new cases Tuesday morning since their last report on Aug 4. There have been 592 cases and 11 deaths since tracking began in March.

Health officials said nine of the deaths were COVID-related, the other two victims were COVID-positive at the time of death.

American Airlines extends travel waiver through the end of December

Fort Worth-based American Airlines announced Tuesday it has extended its offer to waive change fees for customers who purchase tickets by Sept. 30 for travel through Dec. 31, 2020. 

Officials said the change fee will be waived but customers may still owe any difference in ticket price when rebooking a trip. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.