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More than 1,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and health officials have reported at least 28 deaths from COVID-19.
The first local case was announced on March 9 in Collin County.
Below is a list of cases, which will be continuously updated as new information is provided by officials.
Number of cases: 731 positive cases among Dallas County residents; 15 deaths
Dallas County health officials reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 on April 1, bringing the total case count to 731. In addition to the new cases, two more people have died. This brings the total death count to 15 in the county, officials say. The two patients who died were a Mesquite man in his 50s and Garland woman in her 80s. County officials say both patients had been critically ill in area hospitals.
Number of cases: 325 positive cases; 6 deaths, 23 recoveries
Health officials announced on April 2 that three more people in the county had died from the disease, bring the death count to six people. Two of those who died were residents of Forest Hill and one was a Fort Worth resident, according to officials. All three were elderly and had underlying health conditions. The county also reported 37 new cases Thursday, bringing its total to 325. 23 people have recovered so far from the disease.
Number of cases: 227 positive cases; 1 death, 70 recoveries
Health officials reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 in the county on April 2, bringing the total to 207. 156 of those are active cases, 70 people have recovered and one person has died since the outbreak began in the county. 26 of those with active cases are hospitalized while the other 114 are isolating themselves at their homes, according to officials.
Number of cases: 231 positive cases, 4 deaths
Denton County officials reported 25 new cases of the disease on April 1, bringing the total to 231. None of those cases were for Denton State Supported Living Center residents or staff.
Number of cases: 27 positive cases, 1 death
- On April 2, Ellis County health officials confirmed two more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total amount of cases to 27.
- On April 1, health officials confirmed there are a total of 25 active cases in Ellis County, and one death.
- On March 30, Ellis County health officials confirmed the county had its first death related to COVID-19. In addition, the county reported one additional case.
- On March 28, Ellis County health officials confirmed two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 15.
- On March 27, Ellis County health officials confirmed three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 13.
- Ellis County Local Health Authorities identified five more cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to 10.
- On March 26, On March 22, Ellis County Local Health Authorities identified two more cases of COVID-19 in the county. According to officials, these cases are a Midlothian man in hospital isolation after community spread and a woman outside Ennis in home isolation after community spread.
- On March 21, Ellis County Local Health Authorities identified the third case of COVID-19 in the county. This case is a Waxahachie man who is now in home isolation after community spread.
- On March 20, the Ellis County Local Health Authority confirmed a Palmer man had tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently isolating at home after getting the virus through community spread
- On March 17, authorities identified the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in the county, a Maypearl woman isolating at home after getting the virus through community spread.
Number of cases: 7
- On March 30, Rockwall County Emergency Management confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to seven cases.
- On March 28, Rockwall County Emergency Management confirmed the county's fourth positive case of COVID-19 was a resident from the City of Fate.
- On March 26, Rockwall County health officials reported one more case of COVID-19 and provided more updates on the existing cases. All three cases are residents who live in the city of Rockwall. Their ages are 50, 42, and 82.
- On March 25, Rockwall County health officials reported two cases of COVID-19.
Number of cases: 13, 1 death
- On April 1, county officials reported five new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 13 cases. There are seven positive cases in Burleson, two in Cleburne, one in Mansfield and three in unincoporated Johnson County, a tweet from Johnson County Emergency Management officials said.
- On March 30, Johnson County Emergency Management announced two more cases, bringing the county's total to eight.
- On March 27, Johnson County Emergency Management announced there were four new positive cases of COVID-19. Emergency management also reported that a Johnson County resident who contracted COVID-19 during a cruise, had passed away at an out-of-state hospital. The resident was a man in his upper 60s with an underlying health issue.
- On March 19, a second positive case was confirmed, this one a resident of Burleson. No other information was released.
- On March 18, health officials identified the first positive COVID-19 result in Johnson County: A man in his 40s. Health officials did not say whether the case is linked to travel or another confirmed case of COVID-19.
Number of cases: 2
- On March 24, officials confirmed there are two cased of COVID-19 in Kaufman County.
Number of cases: 2
- On March 27, Hunt County officials said a second person had tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is a man between 50 and 64 years old, and lives in the 75402 zip code south of Greenville.
- On March 24, officials announced the first resident tested positive for COVID-19 in Hunt County. The woman is between 50 and 64 years old and lives in the southwest corner of the county.
Number of cases: 2
- On March 25, The Parker County Office of Emergency Management and the Parker County Local Health Authority received confirmation on the county's second confirmed COVID-19 patient. Due to health confidentiality laws, the county did not provide any new information.
- On March 22, County Judge Pat Deen announced that Parker County had confirmed its first case of the disease with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Deen said no further information on the patient would be released, citing health confidentiality laws.
Number of cases: 1
- On March 18, Fannin County officials confirmed a Bonham resident tested positive for COVID-19. Citing HIPPA, officials did not release any more information on the patient.
Number of cases: 8 cases, 1 death
- On April 2, Hood County health officials reported the county's first death from COVID-19. This patient was a man in his 60s who had underlying health conditions. No other information was released by the county.
- On March 31, Hood County officials reported two more positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of eight cases.
- On March 29, Hood County officials reported three more positive COVID-19 tests for a total of six in the county. All of the patients had family or close work contacts who previously tested positive, and they appear to have contracted the virus from those contacts. "All of the patients and their close contacts remain isolated at home in accordance with public health guidelines, none have required hospitalization at this time," the county said.
- On March 27, Hood County officials reported two more positive cases of CVId-19. The third case is a transportation industry worker in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, officials said.
- On March 25, Hood County officials reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county. The person, who is in their 50s, was tested Monday and Lakeside Physicians received the positive test result Wednesday morning, officials said. The patient had recently returned from an overseas cruise where another person tested positive, officials said. The Hood Coutypatient is now at home in self-isolation.
Number of cases: 1
- On March 26, Navarro County reported its first case of COVID-19. The patient is currently hospitalized and is being treated at an out-of-county medical facility, according to officials.
Number of cases: 2
- On March 27, Grayson County confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19. The county reports since March, at least 145 residents have been tested and there are 39 pending tests between state and private labs.
Number of cases: 1
- On March 28, Wise County health officials confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the county. No other information was given about the patient.
Symptoms of coronavirus
At this time there is no vaccine for COVID-19, according to the CDC.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. The virus is spread person-to-person.
According to the CDC, spread is happening mainly between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) of each other via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The droplets land on the noses and mouths of other people, who then inhale them.
The CDC says it may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus and then a person touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main method of spread.
As the virus was discovered just a few months ago, more research is required to learn more about the spread pattern of the virus.
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
WFAA digital producers Jozelyn Escobedo, Jennifer Prohov and Jake Harris contributed to this report.
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