So far, 365 Richardson residents have been diagnosed with the virus, and 13 have died, according to Dallas and Collin counties.
The death comes on the heels of Dallas County’s record-shattering 601 new cases confirmed overnight, according to the news release.
“We’ve surpassed 600 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time, having surpassed 300 cases only 20 days ago,” County Judge Clay Jenkins said in the release.
June 30 also marks the county’s highest daily death toll, with 20 additional patients reported to have died from the virus, according to the release.
Hospitalizations are also at an all-time high, Jenkins said. Over the past 30 days, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased by about 109% from 296 to 619.
Jenkins once again called on Gov. Greg Abbott to institute a statewide masking order.
“Goldman Sachs estimates that a national masking order would save the economy a trillion dollars,” Jenkins said in the release. “When you divide that by the population of Texas, we can save $87 billion dollars to our economy and countless lives by all wearing a mask.”
The medical community is recommending that restaurants scale back to takeout only and that movie theaters, gyms, pools and other social venues be closed, Jenkins said.
“These are small prices to pay to save lives and keep our economy going,” he said.
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