By Staff

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County on Thursday reported 781 new COVID-19 cases, along with 27 more deaths.

Thursday’s case count brought the total of confirmed cases to 247,026. Health officials said 382 of Thursday’s cases were considered probable.

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The county also added 27 more deaths, for a total of 3,071 since the pandemic began. The youngest patient from Thursday’s data was a Lancaster man in his 30s who was a resident of a long-term care facility, did not have underlying high risk health conditions and was hospitalized.

According to health officials, there are currently nine known cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in Dallas County.

“The COVID virus is still in our community and we must continue to take precautions to protect ourselves, our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “We should follow the advice of doctors and public health experts and continue wearing our mask, washing our hands, avoiding crowds and forgoing get-togethers at this time.”

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In Tarrant County, 506 new cases and 18 more deaths were added on Thursday. The totals in the county are now at 244,231 confirmed and probable cases and 2,930 deaths. Staff