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COVID-19 updates: Dallas County reports 7 deaths

Health officials said the positivity rate is at its highest since the beginning of the pandemic at 16.8%.

Monday afternoon, Dallas County health officials announced 541 cases of COVID-19, of which 521 are confirmed and 20 are probable. This brings the countywide total to 119,483 confirmed cases.

“Our numbers of new positive cases are much lower today and this is an accurate number that does not reflect of a lack of reporting by any group,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “While this is good news, it’s too early to call it a trend.”

Dallas County health officials also said seven more people have died, bringing the countywide total to 1,191 confirmed deaths.

The deaths include:

  • A Garland man in his 40s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Dallas woman in her 50s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Dallas man in his 60s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Lancaster woman in her 60s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Grand Prairie man in his 60s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Dallas woman in her 70s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions
  • A Dallas man in his 80s, who had underlying high-risk health conditions

Health officials said the positivity rate is at its highest since the beginning of the pandemic at 16.8%.

Denton County reports record 484 daily cases

Denton County health officials reported 484 COVID-19 cases Monday, setting a new daily record. 

County health officials also reported the coronavirus-related death of a Flower Mound woman in her 80s. 

“This tragic news is a direct reflection of the escalating growth of COVID-19 cases within our communities," said Denton County Judge Andy Eads in a written statement about the new record of daily cases. 

The county has reported a total of 21,937 coronavirus cases since tracking began in March. There have been 147 deaths from the disease. 

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Tarrant County reports 1,124 cases 

Tarrant County health officials reported 1,124 COVID-19 cases Monday, continuing a trend of more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases reported a day. 

The county's number of hospitalized coronavirus patients rose from 765 to 778. 

On Sunday, the county reported 1,537 new cases and six additional deaths. In Dallas County, there were 1,862 new COVID-19 cases and one death. 

According to state health data, Dallas County has the second most estimated active cases of the novel coronavirus in Texas with 18,502. El Paso County is first with 36,672.

Tarrant County ranks fourth in the state with 13,831 estimated active cases, state data show.

Judge Clay Jenkins outlines when Dallas County residents will get upcoming vaccine

Judge Clay Jenkins outlined who in Dallas County will first be getting the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine during a Facebook Live on Monday.

He said doctors and nurses in our area should have the vaccine by Dec. 11-12. Nursing home workers will get it by the end of December.

The next group will include seniors. Jenkins said that will take until the end of March 2021.

If things goes as planned up to that point, everyone else should be able to be vaccinated by the end of June 2021.

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DFW Airport expects more than 1.2 million passengers Thanksgiving week

Sunday was the busiest day for air travel since March nationwide, according to the Transportation Security Administration. 

More than one million people went through airport security checkpoints Sunday. 

Officials at DFW Airport expect more than 1.3 million passengers to pass through from Nov. 20–30. That's about 35% less than during last year's holiday. 

Increased travel is occurring despite recommendations against traveling from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“It’s all of the before and the after that goes with that travel that increases your exposure to people, and the more you’re exposed to people, the higher your risk gets,” said Dr. Diana Cervantes is an epidemiology professor at UNT Health Science Center. 

Health experts recommend limiting the number of people gathering and to only dine with people already in the household if possible. 

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