COVID-19 cases increasing in Dallas County, across Texas

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Texas reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases since September 30 Tuesday, confirming 5,210 additional cases. The additional cases bring the total reported across the state to 800,415. The Department of State Health Services says 16,622 people have died as a result of the virus.

The positivity rate remains below 10% at 7.4%.

In Dallas County, 606 cases were confirmed Tuesday, including nine from previous months. One additional death was reported.

“Today we see a large increase in the number of new COVID-19 positive cases. Remember that we are looking for weekly trends and not one day spikes; however, we saw the release of CDC week 40 in the Dallas County Health and Human Services summary report which was yet another increase in the number of positive cases," Judge Clay Jenkins wrote in a statement. "Our hospitalizations and ED visits are continuing to go up in the region and her in Dallas County and we are seeing a CDC week 40 climb in the number of children ages 5-17 who are contracting COVID-19 as well."

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 283 probable cases of COVID-19 among kids age 5-17 for the week ending October 3, the most recent week with stats available, up from 255 the previous week.

"Overall our schools are doing a good job with infection prevention, and many of our families are making good choices, but it’s up to all of us to make a choice to wear our mask when around people outside our home, maintain six-foot distance, wash our hands frequently, and avoid crowds. We want the numbers to flatten and begin to go down with this pleasant weather and as we enter the holiday season. Unfortunately, we are currently going in the wrong direction but I know together we can turn it around and get to a better place for the fall," Jenkins says.

Monday, Dallas County Health and Human Services said 385 people went to the emergency room with symptoms of COVID-19, representing 17% of all ER visits in the county.

Across Texas, 4,053 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. Hospitals in North Texas had 1,120 COVID-19 patients. Tuesday, hospitals across the area had 1,942 available beds, 262 available ICU beds and 1,798 available ventilators.