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Posted on: March 26, 2020

March 26: Dallas County Reports 56 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

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DALLAS -- As of 10:00 am March 26, 2020, DCHHS is reporting 56 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 303. The seventh death from COVID- 19 is being reported, of a woman in her 90’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas.  This individual had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have other high-risk chronic health conditions. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (67%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition.

New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

“One third of those requiring hospitalization are under age 60 with no underlying conditions. COVID-19 is a danger to anyone, not just high-risk groups. Know that my prayers, and the prayers of our team, are with all those families with loved ones affected and with all of you.  Stay safe.  Stay home.  And  when  you  exercise, maintain 6 feet of social distancing at ALL times,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The case count at the following link will only include county residents: 

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

Most employees who work within the City of  Dallas have a  right to paid sick leave.  Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

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.

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

CONTACT: Clay Lewis Jenkins, Dallas County Judge Clay.Jenkins@dallascounty.org

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