60+ positive cases of Coronavirus reported across North Texas; community spread a likely factor [Updated]

For our continual updates on the Coronavirus situation in the region, we will be monitoring cases from the following counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Johnson, Ellis, Rockwall, Parker, and Kaufman. Here is a quick breakdown based on information gathered at 12PM noon on Wednesday:

Updates posted after this story was published will be italicized.

Dallas County – 39 cases (four of those are out-of county); 11 new cases were confirmed today, five of whom have no recent travel history; at least one person is in critical condition.

Tarrant County – 8 cases; two new cases reported today; one related death in Arlington.

Denton County – Five cases; a man in his 30’s who lives outside of the county and a woman in her 50’s from Prosper. UPDATE – Three additional cases confirmed (reflected in total number).

Collin County – 9 cases; one case confirmed today, a woman in her 30’s from Plano; one death confirmed from Collin County judge.

Johnson County – One case; man in his 40’s from northeast portion of the county; unknown travel history. Disaster Declaration forthcoming.

Ellis County – One case; woman in her 70’s from Maypearl with pre-existing medical condition. Disaster Declaration issued.

Parker County – Zero cases.

Rockwall County – Zero cases.

Kaufman County – Zero cases. Disaster Declaration signed.

Regardless of where you live in North Texas, every official is highly recommending residents to avoid gatherings. As reported earlier this week, the CDC has requested gatherings of 50+ to be canceled or postponed for the next eight (8) weeks. Bars, gyms, and other leisure or business venues have been closed to prevent the community spread of the virus.

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

We will be publishing updated numbers as released by officials in the coming days and weeks. Stay healthy!