DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) –  Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 78 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 247.

The sixth death from COVID-19 is of a woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the city of Garland. She was hospitalized and did not have other high-risk chronic health conditions. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (67%) were either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition.

“Today’s steep increase in cases is an urgent reminder that Governor Abbott should heed the pleas of doctors, nurses, and hospitals. We can’t wait any longer. I once again ask all North Texas counties to immediately move to the Dallas “Stay Home Stay Safe” model as some did yesterday. That’s our best chance to #Flattenthecurve,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The case count at this link will only include county residents:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

· Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care

· Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.

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