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Posted on: March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020/Dallas County Reports 24 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

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DALLAS -- As of 10:00 am March 23, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 24 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 155.

The third and fourth deaths from COVID-19 are being reported:

 A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. This individual had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have other high-risk chronic health conditions.

 Another man in his 60’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. This individual had also been critically ill in an area hospital, and had high-risk chronic health conditions.

New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays. Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two Dallas County residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 since yesterday’s posting. The “Stay Home Stay Safe” order will save lives but it takes all of us. We are working to answer the many questions from business we have received this morning and will get you answers as soon as possible. Most of your questions can be found by carefully reading the order and I encourage people to do that before they contact us,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The case count at the following link will only include county residents:

https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Most employees who work within the City of Dallas have a right to paid sick leave. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

 Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care

 Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

 CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

 DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

CONTACT:

Clay Lewis Jenkins, Dallas County Judge/ Clay.Jenkins@dallascounty.org

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