New Coronavirus cases reported in Dallas, Plano; officials urge community to avoid public gatherings

The Dallas County Health and Human Services division says there are two new Coronavirus cases in their city. One is a man in his 30’s and the other is a man in his 40’s. One of the cases is related to international travel and the other is related to cruise travel.

These new cases in Dallas County bring the total count to 9 presumptive positive cases. The cases will be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

“The number of cases will continue to rise,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “The rate at which they rise will depend on the extent to which we all act responsibly to prevent community spread.”

Earlier today, the city of Plano says they have also received a presumptive positive case of Coronavirus in their city. She is a 47-year-old woman not connected to any other cases in North Texas. She is self-isolating at her home. This brings the total number of presumptive positive cases in Collin County to 6.

There are 50 confirmed cases in the state of Texas. Statewide and local disasters have been declared as officials urge the public to avoid public gatherings. The declarations prohibit or strongly discourage gatherings of 250+ in an open setting, public or private.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories