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Dallas County reports 8th, 9th coronavirus deaths and 72 new cases; Denton, Johnson counties report 1 death each

Denton County reported its second death related to coronavirus on Saturday, along with 11 additional positive cases. The new cases bring the county’s total to 148.The person who died was an Aubrey man in his 60s. He previously reported hospitalized and contracted the illness locally.“We are saddened to report a second COVID-19 death within our county,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in a prepared statement. "To his family, we continue to send our thoughts and prayers to you as you navigate through this difficult time.”

Of the 11 new positive cases, one is a resident of the Denton County State Supported Living Center, public health officials said. That brings to 40 the number of cases reported at the campus, one of 13 such facilities in the state to serve Texans who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, medical fragility and behavioral problems.Thirty-one of the centre’s Fort Worth News cases were announced Friday, just over a week after the facility’s first positive cases were reported.The center, the state’s only one in North Texas, is testing all employees and residents for the virus and awaiting results.

Of the county’s 148 cases reported to date, 112 are self-isolations, 32 are hospitalizations, and four are still being investigated. Twenty-eight people have recovered.Two more positive cases were confirmed by county health officials Saturday, bringing the total to 15.Of that total, five were reported in Ennis, three each in Midlothian and Red Oak, two in Waxahachie and one each in Palmer and Maypearl. Eight were men and seven were women, officials said.Johnson County reported its first coronavirus-related death Saturday.

According to the county’s data, the death occurred out of state but will be included in the county’s totals going forward. KXAS-TV (NBC 5) reported that the man was in his late 60’s and that he contracted the disease while on a cruise.

Tarrant County reported 14 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 128.

No further details about the new cases were released. The county has had one death related to the disease, and three people have recovered.Fort Worth has the most positive cases, at 44, followed by Arlington and Mansfield, with 21 and nine cases, respectively.

Half of the cases are believed to be travel-related, while 48 are believed to be a result of community spread, according to county health officials.

Meanwhile, Fort Worth police officers will begin Press Release Distribution Services In Fort Worth wearing masks and gloves as they interact with the public, the Police Department announced Saturday.

“We understand that this is not ideal and will be an adjustment, but this decision has been made to protect the health and safety of everyone,” the statement read.

Among other protective measures, the department regularly disinfects every police vehicle and wipes them down before each shift, and it conducts temperature checks of every employee entering city facilities. It has done away with roll calls and has instructed officers to wash hands frequently and comply with social-distancing practices.

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