Dallas County Reports Largest Single-Day Increase In Coronavirus​ Cases

Alan Scaia
March 26, 2020 - 6:49 am
downtown Dallas

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas County has reported 78 additional cases of COVID-19. That was the largest single-day increase in Dallas County since the outbreak began, and the county has now confirmed a total of 247 cases.

"Let me just not sugarcoat things," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said at a briefing Wednesday night. "We saw a big rise in the number of positive tests."

Dallas County has confirmed more cases of COVID-19 than any other county in Texas. Jenkins says the numbers reported through Wednesday do not include results from the two drive-thru testing centers.

Dallas County reported its sixth death from coronavirus Wednesday as well. The county says the patient was a woman in her 80s who lived in Garland. She did not have any chronic health conditions.

Philip Huang, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says the increase in new cases Wednesday shows the virus has not reached its peak in North Texas.

"Our number today was the largest we've had, so definitely no indication of a peak yet," he says. "It's really important for everyone to implement 'stay at home, stay safe' practices."

Jenkins says commercial labs are helping Dallas County's two labs with testing, but he says the facilities are "overrun" and tests are scarce.

Elsewhere in North Texas, Tarrant and Denton County both reported 19 additional cases Wednesday. A total of 90 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tarrant County and 70 in Denton County. Collin County reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total there to 66.