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COVID-19 updates: 700 new cases in Tarrant County, 670 new cases in Dallas County

Tarrant County has reported more than 60,000 cases of coronavirus since tracking began in March.

Updated at 6:26 p.m. with additional information.

Dallas County reported 670 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday, while Tarrant County reported at least 700 cases for the second day in a row.

Four new deaths were reported in Tarrant County and six additional deaths were reported in Dallas County.

Of the new cases in Dallas County, 288 were from October, as provided ed by the state health department.

There were 700 new cases reported in Tarrant County Friday, which followed 742 new confirmed cases announced on Thursday.

Total cumulative cases across the nation surpassed 9 million Friday as infections continue to rise in 47 states.

Friday's numbers in Dallas County were the highest new daily cases since Aug. 14, said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

"We know what to do, we just need to find the resolve to do it," Jenkins said. "If we do not turn these numbers around, we will be facing an all-time high numbers at Thanksgiving."

With Halloween this weekend and Thanksgiving less than a month away, North Texas health officials are urging people to follow recommended health guidelines.

"What we don't want is an empty seat at that Thanksgiving table in 2021," Casanova said. "The way we achieve that is getting it right in 2020," said Dr. Mark Casanova, president of the Dallas County Medical Society.

Hospitalizations in Tarrant County saw a slight decrease as there are currently 527 patients compared to 535 reported two days ago.

One month ago, on Sept. 29, there were 322 people in Tarrant County hospitals due to COVID-19.

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Denton County reports 143 additional positive cases, 2 more deaths at Saddle Brook Memory Care

Denton County health officials reported 143 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths Friday.

Both deaths were women over 80 years old who were residents at Saddle Brook Memory Care in Frisco, officials said.

On Thursday, officials reported two other deaths from residents at Saddle Brook Memory Care: a woman over 80 years old and a woman in her 70s.

Denton County Public Health is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at Bakersfield Park at 1201 Duncan Lane in Flower Mound.

Eligible community members must live in Denton County, pre-register by calling 940-349-2585 and have not previously tested positive for COVID-19. Pre-registration is required and appointments are available starting at 8 a.m.

There have been 16,861 cases, 13,735 recoveries and 132 deaths in the county since tracking began in March.

El Paso County halts non-essential activities

El Paso County officials have ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities after the area’s medical resources were overwhelmed by the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego announced the measure Thursday. 

Among the non-essential services ordered to be closed, effective at midnight Thursday, are tattoo, hair, and nail salons, as well as gyms and in-person dining. He also appealed to residents to avoid all non-essential activities. 

Grocery and drug stores, funeral homes, health care services, and government activities were among the activities deemed essential. 

All election-related activities, including campaigns and voting, also were deemed essential activities.

Collin County reports 115 new cases

Collin County has 115 new cases of COVID-19, according to the state health department.

There have been 181 deaths in the county, 18,362 cases and 17,215 recoveries since tracking began in March.

Most cases in the county have been in people in their 20s, followed by people in their 40s.

CDC lifts no-sail order for cruise lines

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the framework for cruise ships to resume U.S. trips amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cruise lines will be allowed to resume commercial operations only once companies prove to the CDC that adequate coronavirus mitigation protocols are in place.

Before cruises can welcome back any customers in the U.S., companies will need to implement COVID-19 safety measures, establish lab capacity to be able to test all crew members and future passengers, and participate in a mock voyage.

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Mayor Price's Halloween event delayed

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price had to self-isolate for the third time since the pandemic began. 

She tweeted Thursday afternoon that she was exposed to COVID-19, a few hours later she posted an update that her results came back negative. 

Her annual "Spooky Bike Ride" has been canceled. Price said the socially distanced bike ride will be rescheduled to a date in November. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.