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Two new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Dallas County on Saturday, according to health officials.
The cases still need to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Both cases are reported among men, one in his 30s and one in his 40s. One of the cases is connected to international travel and the second is connected to cruise travel, according to Dallas County health officials.
Health officials said both men are isolated in their homes.
Before Saturday's announcement, there were nine presumptive positive cases in Dallas County, including one case due to "community spread."
Dallas County releases COVID-19 test numbers
Saturday evening, Dallas County Health and Human Services said, to date, 59 people have been tested for COVID-19, including the eight patients who are quarantined in their homes. Also, of those numbers five tests are pending.
Health officials say a private lab reported seven tests that all came back negative.
4th COVID-19 case reported in Tarrant County
Saturday evening, Tarrant County Public Health confirmed a fourth positive case of COVID-19.
Health officials said the patient is a resident of Tarrant County and was in close contact with an American Airlines pilot, who reportedly tested positive earlier this week.
“The fourth COVID-19 case was isolated at home and then developed symptoms. No one at DFW Airport came in contact with the fourth patient since symptoms developed," Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said.
First Dallas County patient leaves hospital
Saturday afternoon, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted that the county's first patient who tested positive for COVID-19, a 77-year-old man, was leaving the hospital in "great shape".
Jenkins also said the man's wife also tested positive, but she was "never sick enough to need admission."
First two cases in Plano
The City of Plano has reported its first two cases of COVID-19. One is a resident who tested presumptive positive for the illness. The 47-year-old woman is currently self-isolated in her home, according to city officials.
The second is a 56-year-old man who tested presumptive positive.
Both test results have not yet been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Both individuals have no underlying health conditions and is not connected to any confirmed cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, city officials said.
There are currently seven cases of COVID-19 in Collin County, and there are 63 people who are being monitored countywide.
Dallas County has reported 11 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, and there are three cases in Tarrant County.
Of the cases in Dallas County, one has been attributed to "community spread," according to county officials.
Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties have each issued disaster declarations in response to the global pandemic.
UT-Arlington student confirmed to have COVID-19
A University of Texas at Arlington student is confirmed to have COVID-19, university President Vistasp M. Karbhari announced Saturday morning.
"The University is working closely with Tarrant County health officials and assisting in identifying individuals who may have had contact with the individual," Karbhari said in a written statement.
It's unclear whether the student is among the cases already publicly confirmed by Tarrant County health officials.
Dallas Municipal Court reschedules jury trials
There will be no trials or jury duty between March 16 and April 3 at the Dallas Municipal Court. All cases scheduled during that time will be pushed back.
The court will remain open for walk-in court and other hearings.
Civil and Justice of the Peace trials in Dallas County have been canceled until April 13.
Jury duty for criminal trials in Dallas County will continue, but county officials say they have plans to reduce the number of people in a room during jury selection.
Requests to cancel STAAR test
Some Dallas-Fort Worth elected officials are requesting the Texas Education Agency eliminate STAAR testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year due to coronavirus concerns.
State Rep. Jeff Leach, State Sen. Beverly Powell and State Rep. Rafael Anchia are among the legislators who have requested the TEA cancel the STAAR test this year.
The move comes a day after Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in Texas.
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