20 new cases of Coronavirus reported in Dallas County, including DPD officer; one death also confirmed

The Dallas County Health and Human Services confirms a total of 20 new cases of the Coronavirus in Dallas County, bringing the total number of resident cases to 55.

Dallas PD also stated one of their officers was exposed to the virus while on the job. “An officer working out of the Northeast Patrol tested positive for the virus on Thursday. The individual has been isolated and is doing well.” Some coworkers have been quarantined due to their close contact with the officer. Dallas PD says they have issued 3,200 bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer as well as 6,000 boxes of gloves.

County officials have also confirmed the first death related to the virus. The only information reported is that the victim is a Dallas County resident.

“Residents are asked to help prevent spread of the virus by practicing non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as social distancing (avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick), covering coughs and sneezes, and hand hygiene. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you are sick, stay home.”