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More than 2,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and health officials have reported at least 43 deaths from COVID-19.
The first local case was announced on March 9 in Collin County.
Below is a list of cases, which will be continuously updated as new information is provided by officials.
Number of cases: 1,155 positive cases among Dallas County residents; 18 deaths
Dallas County health officials announced on April 6 there had been 43 new cases, around a 55% drop in new cases from the previous day's numbers.
For the past few days, numbers had been hovering around 90 to 100 new cases each day.
The total case count is now at 1,155 in the county.
“While today’s positive case count is encouraging, I caution about reading too much into this number as several private labs were closed on Sunday," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. "Having said that, the hospital systems are seeing evidence that the Dallas County Safer at Home executive order enacted on March 22 is working to Flatten The Curve. Please continue adherence to the Safer at Home order to help save lives."
Number of cases: 418 positive cases; 11 deaths, 23 recoveries
Tarrant County reported 14 new cases and two new deaths on April 5, for a total of 418 total cases and 11 deaths. One of those who died was an elderly woman who had been a resident of the Heartis Arlington senior living center. She had been hospitalized since she became ill, health officials said.
An elderly Fort Worth man was the other victim of the disease, officials said. He had had underlying health conditions, according to officials. He died in a local hospital.
Health officials believe both patients contracted the virus through community transmission.
Number of cases: 268 positive cases; 3 deaths, 100 recoveries
Health officials confirmed on April 4 a Frisco woman died due to the novel coronavirus. Officials say the woman was 67 years old and had an underlying health condition. She is the third person in the county to die from COVID-19.
Number of cases: 304 positive cases, 7 deaths
A man in his 90s who was a resident of a Lewisville nursing home died from COVID-19, county officials said on April 5. He had been hospitalized due to the illness.
Sixteen additional cases were also reported in the county, bringing the total to 304 confirmed cases since the outbreak began.
Fourteen more staff members of the Denton State Supported Living Center have also tested positive. Eight of them live within Denton County, while six do not. The total number of staff infected with the disease is now 39, while the number residents at the facility who've tested positive remains at 50.
Number of cases: 32 positive cases, 2 deaths, 2 recoveries
On April 4, Ellis County health officials confirmed the county's second COVID-19 related death. The patient was an 88-year-old Ennis woman. Officials said there are currently 28 active cases of COVID-19.
Number of cases: 11 positive cases
- On April 3, Rockwall County Emergency Management confirmed the county has 11 active positive cases of COVID-19. The newest patient was a resident in the City of Rockwall.
- On March 30, Rockwall County Emergency Management confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to seven cases.
- On March 28, Rockwall County Emergency Management confirmed the county's fourth positive case of COVID-19 was a resident from the City of Fate.
- On March 26, Rockwall County health officials reported one more case of COVID-19 and provided more updates on the existing cases. All three cases are residents who live in the city of Rockwall. Their ages are 50, 42, and 82.
- On March 25, Rockwall County health officials reported two cases of COVID-19.
Number of cases: 13 positive cases, 1 death
- On April 1, county officials reported five new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 13 cases. There are seven positive cases in Burleson, two in Cleburne, one in Mansfield and three in unincoporated Johnson County, a tweet from Johnson County Emergency Management officials said.
- On March 30, Johnson County Emergency Management announced two more cases, bringing the county's total to eight.
- On March 27, Johnson County Emergency Management announced there were four new positive cases of COVID-19. Emergency management also reported that a Johnson County resident who contracted COVID-19 during a cruise, had passed away at an out-of-state hospital. The resident was a man in his upper 60s with an underlying health issue.
- On March 19, a second positive case was confirmed, this one a resident of Burleson. No other information was released.
- On March 18, health officials identified the first positive COVID-19 result in Johnson County: A man in his 40s. Health officials did not say whether the case is linked to travel or another confirmed case of COVID-19.
Number of cases: 2 positive cases
- On March 24, officials confirmed there are two cased of COVID-19 in Kaufman County.
Number of cases: 12 positive cases
- On April 5, four new cases of the disease were reported in the county. One was a girl between the ages of 0 and 17, one was a man between 31 and 49 years old and another was a man in the 50 to 64 age range. A third man, also in the 50 to 64 age range, also tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said. The total in the county is now 12 confirmed cases.
- On April 2, the seventh and eighth cases in the county were reported, according to officials. One of the COVID-19 patients was a woman over the age of 65 and another was a man between the ages of 31 and 49.
- On April 1, two more cases of COVID-19 were reported in Hunt County, officials said. One was a woman between the ages of 18 and 30 and another was a man between the ages of 50 and 64.
- On March 30, a Farmersville man who is older than 65 became the fourth confirmed COVID-19 case in Hunt County.
- On March 29, a third case of COVID-19 was reported in Hunt County, this time in a Quinlan man older than 65.
- On March 28, county officials said they had found another case of COVID-19, this time in a Commerce woman in the age range of 18 to 30. Her case brings the county's total to two cases.
- On March 27, Hunt County officials said a second person had tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is a man between 50 and 64 years old, and lives in the 75402 zip code south of Greenville. Officials later clarified he was not a resident of the county and therefore would not be included in the county case total.
- On March 24, officials announced the first resident tested positive for COVID-19 in Hunt County. The woman is between 50 and 64 years old and lives in the southwest corner of the county.
Number of cases: 2 positive cases
- On March 25, The Parker County Office of Emergency Management and the Parker County Local Health Authority received confirmation on the county's second confirmed COVID-19 patient. Due to health confidentiality laws, the county did not provide any new information.
- On March 22, County Judge Pat Deen announced that Parker County had confirmed its first case of the disease with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Deen said no further information on the patient would be released, citing health confidentiality laws.
Number of cases: 1 positive case
- On March 18, Fannin County officials confirmed a Bonham resident tested positive for COVID-19. Citing HIPPA, officials did not release any more information on the patient.
Number of cases: 9 positive cases, 1 death, 1 recovery
- On April 2, Hood County health officials reported the county's first death from COVID-19. This patient was a man in his 60s who had underlying health conditions. No other information was released by the county.
- On March 31, Hood County officials reported two more positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of eight cases.
- On March 29, Hood County officials reported three more positive COVID-19 tests for a total of six in the county. All of the patients had family or close work contacts who previously tested positive, and they appear to have contracted the virus from those contacts. "All of the patients and their close contacts remain isolated at home in accordance with public health guidelines, none have required hospitalization at this time," the county said.
- On March 27, Hood County officials reported two more positive cases of CVId-19. The third case is a transportation industry worker in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, officials said.
- On March 25, Hood County officials reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county. The person, who is in their 50s, was tested Monday and Lakeside Physicians received the positive test result Wednesday morning, officials said. The patient had recently returned from an overseas cruise where another person tested positive, officials said. The Hood Coutypatient is now at home in self-isolation.
Number of cases: 5 positive cases
- On April 2, the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management reported the county now has five cases of COVID-19 and one death. Two confirmed cases are in Corsicana, one in Dawson, one in Emhouse and one in Rice, officials say.
- On March 26, Navarro County reported its first case of COVID-19. The patient is currently hospitalized and is being treated at an out-of-county medical facility, according to officials.
Number of cases: 5 positive cases
- On March 27, Grayson County confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19. The county reports since March, at least 145 residents have been tested and there are 39 pending tests between state and private labs.
Number of cases: 1 positive case
- On March 28, Wise County health officials confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the county. No other information was given about the patient.
Symptoms of coronavirus
At this time there is no vaccine for COVID-19, according to the CDC.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. The virus is spread person-to-person.
According to the CDC, spread is happening mainly between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) of each other via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The droplets land on the noses and mouths of other people, who then inhale them.
The CDC says it may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus and then a person touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main method of spread.
As the virus was discovered just a few months ago, more research is required to learn more about the spread pattern of the virus.
Health experts recommend taking the following preventative actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US
WFAA digital producers Jozelyn Escobedo, Jennifer Prohov and Jake Harris contributed to this report.
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