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COVID-19 updates: Collin County COVID dashboard going away at end of month, officials say

The Collin County coronavirus dashboard website will no longer update at the end of October and will redirect to the state's coronavirus website, officials said.

The Collin County coronavirus dashboard website will no longer update at the end of October and will redirect to the state's coronavirus website due to "continued inaccuracies" on the Collin County site, officials said in an update today. 

"Department of State Health Services (DSHS) officials have acknowledged that the active case count for Collin County is significantly overstated. We advise residents that Collin County lacks confidence in the data currently being provided to us," the statement reads."Due to continued inaccuracies, Collin County will remove and redirect to the state site located at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus on October 30, 2020."

WFAA has reached out for comment.

Collin County is also reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death, bringing the total number of cases to 16,588 since tracking began in March and bringing the number of deaths to 168.

Lewisville polling site closed after worker tests positive

A Lewisville polling site will be temporarily closed after a worker tested positive for COVID-19, according to Denton County elections officials. The site closed at 1 p.m. Thursday. 

The Fred P. Herring Recreation Center will be closed Thursday to be "thoroughly sanitized," officials said. Officials said it is not believed that any voters came into close contact with the worker.

The worker tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. A Denton County official said that all poll workers at that location were wearing PPE.

The polling site will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday. 

Poll workers and voters are not required to wear masks. 

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Dallas County reports 537 confirmed new cases

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 537 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, 324 of which came through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) system. Eight cases are from older months:

  • 2 older cases from May
  • 3 older cases from June
  • 3 older cases from September

One person died from the disease: a Dallas man in his 70s who was critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

That brings the total number of confirmed new positive cases of COVID-19 to 88,372 and the number of deaths to 1,059.

The county also reported 52 more probable cases (antigen tests), bringing the total of probable cases to 4,476 and 13 probable deaths.

State reports 95 new COVID-19 deaths

State of Texas health officials reported 95 new deaths and 4,615 newly reported cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 16,812 deaths and 809,808 confirmed coronavirus cases since tracking began in March. Those numbers are up from Wednesday. There are currently 4,263 Texas residents hospitalized due to coronavirus.

Denton County reports 143 cases, no new deaths

Denton County health officials reported 143 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 14,797 since tracking began in March. The county reported no new deaths Thursday. So far, health officials said 116 Denton County residents have died from the disease since tracking began in March.

Alvarado High School band members quarantine after positive cases

All Alvarado High School band members will quarantine until Oct. 24 after three cases of coronavirus were confirmed. 

School officials said the decision to quarantine was made out of "an abundance of caution." 

"This decision was made with the safety and health of all students in mind and wanting to keep the cases and any potential exposure isolated," school officials said. 

Tarrant County reports 2 additional coronavirus deaths 

Tarrant County health officials reported Thursday the deaths of two more people from the novel coronavirus. 

One was a man in his 90s who lived in Arlington. The other was a woman in her 60s who lived in Fort Worth. 

County health officials also reported 655 new cases of COVID-19. 

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