Clay Jenkins, a judge in Dallas County, reports Tuesday county a record 601 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths, and additional hospitalizations.
The number of new cases marks the first time the county has exceeded 600 cases per day, and is the fifth day in a row that the county has set a new record for new cases, exceeding the previous high of 572 cases on Monday . The 7-day average for new cases is now 513 cases per day. On June 1, the seven-day average for new cases was 209 new cases per day.
“Today we crossed 600 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time after crossing 300 cases just 20 days ago. It is also our deadliest day to date,” said Jenkins. “Twenty residents are now reported to be COVID-1
The increase in cases is due to the fact that the state’s positivity rank, the percentage of people who tested positive for the virus, reached almost 15% on Sunday, a high that has not been reached since mid-April. An increase in the rank of positivity indicates an increase in the spread of the virus, not an increase in the tests for the virus.
Instead of focusing on the raw case numbers, Jenkins has suggested focusing on the increasing number of hospitalizations in northern Texas and across the state. On Monday, the county reported an increase in hospital stays.
“Our number of hospitalizations continues to grow. Local COVID-19 hospitalizations reached an all-time high of 619 yesterday compared to 296 30 days ago,” said Jenkins on Tuesday.
Jenkins said last week and again on Monday that since June 1, more than half of the newly reported cases were young adults between the ages of 18 and 39.
Since the tests began in March, the county has collected 21,300 cases of the virus. In the county, 373 deaths were attributed to the virus, which, according to Dr. Philip Huang, director of health and human services in Dallas, is the third leading cause of death in the county after heart disease and cancer.
According to the Texas Department of Health, an estimated 12,713 people in the county (by Tuesday) have recovered from the virus, leaving an estimated 8,252 known patients fighting the infection.
Effective June 19, the Dallas County Commissioners Court ordered all customers and employees in companies within Dallas County to wear facewear. If people refuse, the business could face a fine.
“Everyone should wear a mask 100% of the time when they are with people outside their home. Avoid unnecessary trips. Ask yourself if the trip is a wish or a necessity. Make lists when you go to the grocery store, So you go shopping Avoid as little personal activities as possible, such as indoor eating and sports, where you or others are 100% mask-free, “said Jenkins on Monday. “We see significant growth in the number of COVID-19 cases across Texas and here in Northern Texas. If this trend does not reverse, it will have very serious and negative effects on public health and our economy.”
On Sunday, Jenkins sent a letter to Texas governor Greg Abbott (R) asking him to give local leaders more stringent measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
Judge Clay Jenkins is asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to allow local leaders to take stricter measures to control the spread of COVID-19 as Dallas County reported a record number of new coronavirus cases on Sunday for the third time in a row.
“We are now where we lose the battle,” said Jenkins on Sunday. “We have not been the state in the best position since May 1st because the early action by local leaders to the state is in the most likely position to get the worst future result with COVID-19.”
To date, over 80% of cases where hospitalization has been required and employment has been reported have been critical infrastructure workers with a wide range of professions affected, including healthcare, transport, nutrition and agriculture, public works, finance, communication, clergymen, first aid workers and other essential functions.
Of the cases where hospitalization is required, two thirds were under 65 years of age and about half do not suffer from high-risk chronic diseases. Diabetes is an underlying high-risk health condition that has been reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
The county has reported for several weeks that more than a third of COVID-19-related deaths have occurred in residents of long-term care facilities.