Latest in Richardson: Dallas County announces 105 new cases, 3 new deaths

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins presents possible coronavirus case trends March 22. (Screenshot from WFAA-TV)
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins presents possible coronavirus case trends March 22. (Screenshot from WFAA-TV)

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins presents possible coronavirus case trends March 22. (Screenshot from WFAA-TV)

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Members of Richardson ISD staff are handing off meals to parents on a daily basis. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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County health officials are urging residents to stay home in attempt to flatten the curve. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic. (Screenshot courtesy FOX 4 News)
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This dashboard provides a snapshot of coronavirus cases in Collin County. (Community Impact staff)
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Collin County Judge Chris Hill announced a stay-at-home order March 24 to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Cases of the new coronavirus in Dallas County now number more than 1,000. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Participants can donate masks, eye protection goggles, gloves, medical gowns and other personal protective equipment for local health care workers. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Editor's note: A new post has been created for the week of April 13. Read those updates here.

Updated at 4:34 p.m. April 10

Dallas County is reporting 105 additional cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said during an April 10 press conference.

The patients who died included a woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility and two Dallas men in their 80s. All three had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

Jenkins also announced testing will soon be available at a handful of Walgreens locations in the county. More information will be available Monday or Tuesday, he said.

Shortages at area food banks are increasing in severity, Jenkins said. About 70% of people visiting food banks have never visited one before, he said. As a result, the county is now working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to truck in $35 million worth of food.

Updated at 4:38 p.m. April 9

Dallas County commissioners have approved close to $893,410 in contracts for the popup COVID-19 hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Funds will pay for wraparound services, including managing the sourcing of supplies and the management of services.

The contractors for the service are AECOM Technical Services and The Olson Group.

Commissioners unanimously approved the contracts at an April 9 meeting.

Updated at 1:14 p.m. April 9

Dallas County is reporting 108 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the countywide total to 1,432.

As of April 7, 25 of those patients were from the part of Richardson within Dallas County.

Two more residents have died, according to a press release. The first was a man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility and was in hospice. The second was a DeSoto man in his 70s who had been hospitalized.

“COVID-19 is imposing on us in so many painful ways, but it will not break the spirit of North Texas," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in the release. "For instance, this year’s Passover is different but no less special. The story of Passover is one of families safe in their homes as the angel bringing death passes over them. I find comfort in this story and in my gratitude to all who are sacrificing to keep us safe."

Dallas County's daily case count reports can be found at this link.

Updated at 4:42 p.m. April 8

Federal funding for Dallas County's drive-thru test sites has been extended through May 30, Judge Clay Jenkins said during an April 8 press conference.

New nasal self-swabs that are less invasive and less painful will be available at drive-thru testing sites starting this week, Jenkins said. The self-swabs will reduce the county's need for personal protective equipment by limiting interaction between health care workers and patients, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted to Jenkins' Twitter.

The county's testing sites are located in Dallas at the American Airlines Center and the Ellis David Field House.

According to new data, the number of coronavirus cases in Dallas County is expected to peak in late April or early May, according to Dr. Philip Huang, the director of the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department.

"All the interventions ... are making a difference," he said. "It is flattening the curve, but we need to be diligent to make sure everyone adheres to [the interventions]."

Dallas County's daily case count reports can be found at this link.

Updated at 1:05 p.m. April 8

Richardson ISD is changing its meal pickup service to only three days a week. As of now, the district drops off meals five days a week.

Effective April 20, meals can be picked from designated sites on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, according to the district’s website. The district will continue to provide enough food for lunch and breakfast Mon.-Fri.

RISD is making this change to ensure the safety of staff as well as parents and students picking up meals, according to its website.

A map of designated meal pickup sites can be found here.

Updated at 1:05 p.m. April 8

Dallas County is reporting 63 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the countywide total to 1,324 as of 10 a.m. April 8.

Additionally, a Rowlett man in his 60s has died. This is the county's 20th coronavirus-related death, according to a press release. The patient had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Dallas County's daily case count reports can be found at this link.

Updated at 12:21 p.m. April 8

An 80-year-old McKinney woman died April 8 after testing positive for COVID-19.

This is the county’s fifth death of a person who previously tested positive for the virus; however, the woman’s official cause of death was attributed to a serious underlying medical condition, according to Collin County health officials.

Updated at 8:40 a.m. April 8

Collin County health officials announced 37 more confirmed cases of new coronavirus April 7. The county’s total is now 343 cases of COVID-19.

There have been 1,042 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County, and 435 people are currently under monitoring, the release said.

Collin County data on the breakdown of cases is available on this dashboard.

Updated at 12:02 p.m. April 7

Dallas County is reporting a surge in the number of new patients with coronavirus after seeing a significant downturn in new cases on Monday.

At today's Commissioners Court meeting, Dr. Philip Huang, the county's health and human services director, reported 106 new positive cases, bringing the countywide total to 1,261.

A 19th death from the virus has also been confirmed, Huang said. The patient was a Garland man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.

Dallas County's daily case count reports can be found at this link.

Updated at 9:06 p.m. April 6

Collin County commissioners voted to extend the county’s third executive order for another week at an April 6 meeting.

County Judge Chris Hill rescinded his second executive order that deemed all businesses essential in order to comply with Abbott's March 31 executive order, which supersedes all other orders in the state.

Hill’s third order also declared some subsets of employees to be critical and mandatory during the disaster declaration, including health care providers and emergency responders.

Updated 9:06 p.m. April 6

A 93-year-old McKinney woman became the county's fourth death connected to COVID-19, according an April 6 announcement by health officials.

The woman’s official cause of death was not COVID-19, the release said, but she had tested positive for the virus.

There have been 287 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Collin County as of the April 5 health report, and 102 have recovered, according to the release.

Updated at 12:02 April 6

Dallas County is reporting 43 new cases of the novel coronavirus since April 5, bringing the countywide case tally to 1,155. This increase is significantly lower than those of last week, when new case counts hovered between 90-100 most days.

"While today’s positive case count is encouraging, I caution about reading too much into this number, as several private labs were closed on Sunday," Jenkins said in a press release. "Having said that, the hospital systems are seeing evidence that the Dallas County Safer at Home executive order enacted on March 22 is working to #FlattenTheCurve."

Jenkins also urged residents to wear a cloth face mask in public settings, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. This comes in the wake of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggests masks could prevent transmission of the virus by carriers who are asymptomatic.

For more on CDC mask guidance, visit this link.

Updated at 11:33 a.m. April 6

Collin County health officials confirmed 19 additional cases of coronavirus April 5. That brings the county's total to 287 confirmed cases, with 102 having recovered.

Collin County data on the breakdown of cases is available on this dashboard.

Coronavirus updates from the week of March 30 can be found at this link.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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