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Dallas County reports 90 new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths

Dallas County reported 90 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing its 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.”

On Friday, the county extended its stay-at-home order until April 30.
Of cases requiring hospitalization, about 71% have Dallas News been patients older than 60 or suffering from at least one known high-risk chronic health condition, officials said. Diabetes has been an underlying 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 in the last 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 because of high winds that could potentially spread the virus. The sites, at American Airlines Center and Ellis Davis Field House, will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday.

#COVID19 testing sites at the AAC and Ellis Davis Field House are closed for the remainder of the day due to high wind gusts that could spread contamination, compromising the healthcare professionals conducting testing.

Testing sites will re-open at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 4.

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

The officer’s doctor told him to rest at home, but he Press Release Distribution Services In Dallas showed no signs of recovery, Mitchell said. He was then tested for the virus and received a positive diagnosis.

The officer is isolated at home for the next two weeks. The department’s medical team will determine whether others who worked near the officer should be quarantined, 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 illness, Mitchell said.

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