Dallas County reports 90 new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths

Dallas County reported 90 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total to 921.

The county’s death toll remained at 17, officials said.

“We are beginning to see some rays of hope that we are benefiting from the Safer at Home order I implemented on March 22,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a news release. “The next two weeks are critical to #FlattenTheCurve. Please stay home and save lives.”

Earlier on Friday, the county extended its stay-at-home order until May 20.

Of cases requiring hospitalization, about 71% have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition, officials said. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in more than 28% of all hospitalized patients with the virus.

In addition, the numbers of intensive care unit hospitalizations from COVID-19 from this past week have exceeded the peak week of ICU hospitalizations resulting from the 2019-20 flu season in Dallas County, officials said.

Just after 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said that the county’s two drive-through testing sites would be closed for the rest of the day due to high winds that could potentially spread the virus.

6th Dallas police officer diagnosed

A sixth Dallas police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

The traffic officer’s last day in the office was March 18, and he began feeling ill the next day, police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell said.

The officer made an appointment with a doctor and was told to rest at home, but he showed no signs of recovery, Mitchell said.

He was then tested for the virus and received a positive diagnosis, Mitchell said.

The officer is home and under quarantine for the next 14 days. The department’s medical team will determine if others who worked near the officer should be isolated, Mitchell said.

Additionally, the spouse of a narcotics officer tested positive for COVID-19. The narcotics officer is now under quarantine for 14 days but has shown no signs of the virus, Mitchell said.

Co-workers are aware and will consult with medical officials to determine if quarantine is necessary, Mitchell said.

The specific areas where the both officers worked have been sprayed and sanitized, Mitchell said.

Six Dallas firefighters have tested positive

Six firefighters from Dallas-Fire Rescue have tested positive for coronavirus since the department began keeping track of the virus, spokesman Jason Evans said.

Jim McDade, president of the Dallas Fire Fighters Association, said five of those cases are still active and about 32 firefighters are currently in isolation for precautionary reasons.

Dallas-Fire Rescue personnel are spread out across 58 city fire stations.

Tarrant County

The most recent death was an adult male from Fort Worth with underlying health conditions, Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said.

No other information was provided.

Tarrant County reported 383 current positive cases, with 23 recoveries. Of the total number, 138 come from Fort Worth and 64 from Arlington.

The largest number of cases, 39%, fall in the 45-to-64 age category.