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Dallas County reports 79 new coronavirus cases

The disaster declaration is separate from Abbott’s executive order that went into place April 2, which says Texans must adhere to social distancing guidelines and requires all but “essential services” to close across the state. That order is in place through April 30.

Across the state, more than 13,000 people have tested positive for the Dallas News virus and 271 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The four people who died had been critically ill in local hospitals and had underlying health problems, officials said.

Three of them lived in long-term care facilities: a woman in her 60s who lived in Garland, a man in his 90s who lived in Richardson and a man in his 80s who lived in Dallas. Officials did not specify which long-term care facilities the individuals lived in.

The four deaths, which bring the county’s total to 31, are the most reported in a single day in Dallas County.

The new cases bring the county’s total count to 1,723. That number Press Release Distribution Service In Dallas doesn’t include people who were treated or tested in Dallas County but reside elsewhere.

“Our hearts go out to all who are suffering during this Passover, Easter and as many look forward to Ramadan,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement. “This year, these holidays are experienced differently but that doesn’t mean they need to be less special.”

Health officials reported Sunday that the last week of intensive care hospitalizations from COVID-19 exceeded the peak week from the 2019-20 flu season in Dallas County.

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