DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 182 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed case count in Dallas county to 69,086 including 857 confirmed deaths.

The total number of probable cases in Dallas County is  2,576, including 8 probable deaths from COVID-19.

No additional deaths were reported today.

“This is the first time we’ve been under 100 cases on any day since April 27,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “While this is great news, it is the result of much hard work on your part: wearing your mask, maintaining six-foot distancing, washing your hands regularly, forgoing unnecessary trips, and staying away from anyone outside you family or any indoor activity outside your family where people cannot wear a mask 100% of the time. We must continue to make these smart decisions for this trend to continue. That’s the best way for less people to get sick, more businesses to stay open and our children to get back to school sooner rather than later.”

Of the 182 new cases reported today, 84 came through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Electronic Laboratory Reporting System and are from the months of March, April and May.

From August 1 – 14, there were 531 school-aged children between 5 to 18 years of age diagnosed with COVID-19. About 50% of those cases were high school age. By zip code of residence, 302 (57%) of the children were projected to have been enrolled in Dallas ISD schools.

Of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds were under 65 years of age. Diabetes is an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-COV-2 is declining but remains high, with about 12.5% of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals testing positive in week 33.

Of the total confirmed deaths reported to date, about 26% were associated with long-term care facilities.

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php

Specific Guidance for the Public:

·         Dallas County COVID-19 Related Health Guidance for the Public

·         Dallas County Measures for Protecting An Institution’s Workforce from COVID-19 Infection: Employer/Employee Guidance

·         Dallas County Guidance for Individuals at High-Risk for Severe COVID-19

 

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

·         Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.

·         Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

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

·         Wash your hands often and 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 daily 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. Immediately wash your hands.

·         Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

 

Additional information is available at the following websites:

·         CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

·         CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

·         DSHS:  https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

·         DCHHS:  https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

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