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COVID-19 updates: Dallas County sees 'slight uptick' in case numbers

The latest victim to die was a man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas.

This story is from May 28. To read the latest updates from May 29, click here. 

Dallas County saw a "slight uptick" in COVID-19 case numbers Thursday compared to the day before. 

Wednesday afternoon, the county reported 197 more cases. On Thursday, officials confirmed 202 cases and 1 new death. 

"There’s a slight uptick today in the number of positive cases but that’s only one day and too small of an uptick to start any sort of a trend," Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted. 

The latest victim to die was a man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas. Officials say he was ill at a local hospital and had underlying health conditions. 

Of the 222 total deaths reported to date, over a third have been associated with long-term care facilities, according to health officials. 

There have been 9,587 positive cases in the county since testing began in March. 

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Rental/mortgage assistance program available for Garland residents

Garland residents may apply for mortgage/rent relief beginning June 1, the city said Thursday.

The city received federal funds to assist residents who face economic hardship due to COVID-19. The funds will be available June 1.

To qualify, you must be a Garland resident, meet income qualifications, be behind on rent/mortgage payments due to COVID-19 and meet other conditions.

Go here for additional details from the city of Garland.

Tarrant County reports 104 new cases

Tarrant County health officials announced 104 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 more deaths Thursday. 

There have been 5,294 cases and 2,040 recoveries since testing began in March. 

RELATED: MAP: These are the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Drive-thru food banks and food distributions set for Saturday

There will be multiple food distribution locations on Saturday throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

All locations are first-come, first-serve. No ID or ZIP code will be required. Volunteers at the locations will check-in people and place boxes in vehicles.

In Redbird, residents can get fresh produce, face masks and other items from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Redbird Community Food Distribution at Redbird Mall at 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road.

The "We Care Food Giveaway" food distribution will take place at the Potter's House locations of Dallas, Fort Worth and North Dallas from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Boxes that will be given out include fruits, vegetables, protein (chicken, fish) and milk.

The St. Paul UMC & Community Friends Giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ignite Middle School at J.W. Ray 2210 Caddo St. in Dallas.

2 teen girls are Ellis County's latest cases of COVID-19

The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported 15 new cases and 1 additional death in Ellis County. 

Of the latest 15 cases, two cases were a 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old girl who lived in the same residence.

A total of 327 cases have been confirmed in the county since testing began in March and 273 people have recovered.

RELATED: Here are the confirmed coronavirus cases in Ellis County

Collin County reports 19 additional cases

Collin County health officials reported 19 new positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the county total to 1,236 since tracking began in March.

There have been 33 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the county and 892 recoveries.

RELATED: Here are the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Collin County

Denton County reports 33 new cases

Denton County health officials reported 33 new positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total to 1,318 cases since tracking began in March.

There have been 30 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the county and 667 recoveries.

RELATED: Here are the confirmed coronavirus cases in Denton County

Daily hospital capacity numbers

The city of Dallas released the following numbers as reported by the 25 hospitals Wednesday: 

  • Total beds: 6,049
    • Beds occupied: 3,900
  • Total ICU beds: 925
    • ICU beds occupied: 584
  • Total ventilators: 972
    • Ventilators in use: 348

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