Dallas County Reports Record Number Of COVID-19 Cases, More Hospitalizations

Alan Scaia
July 07, 2020 - 7:12 am

    Dallas County has now reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 each of the past four days and reported a record 1,214 cases Monday.

    Dallas County has now confirmed more than 27,000 cases of COVID-19; more than 200,000 cases have been confirmed across Texas.

    "Hopefullly, our public can see that it is time for us to, essentially, limit all of our public activities to absolute necessities," says Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

    Jenkins says hospitalizations also increased 16% Monday alone, with 105 additional patients in Dallas County.

    "Even if we do everything we should be doing, in all likelihood, we will reach maximum normal capacity for our hospitals sometime in the middle of this month," he says.

    Jenkins wants Governor Greg Abbott to shut down gyms, movie theaters and amusement parks. He also wants restaurants to be limited to carry-out or drive-thru.

    Abbott's office says he is "listening to the advice of doctors and following data which is why he closed bars. He will continue to make his decisions based on the data."

    The testing "positivity rate" in Texas has now stayed above 13 percent for the past ten days, reaching a high of 14.31% June 27 and remaining at 13.5% Monday.

    Abbott has said a positivity rate above ten percent is a "red flag" that would require additional closures. When the positivity rate first hit ten percent, Abbott ordered bars to be closed and restaurants to reduce capacity from 75 to 50%.