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Tracking COVID-19: New cases continue to drop as Dallas County death toll surpasses 3,000



PLANO, TX – The number of new coronavirus cases in Dallas County dropped again over the last week, but officials confirmed March 2 that the county had surpassed 3,000 deaths related to COVID-19.

New cases of the virus totaled 781 on March 4. The seven-day average now sits at 230, which is a rate of 8.7 new daily cases per 100,000 residents, according to a county news release. The seven-day average at this time last week was 657, which is a rate of 24.9 new daily cases per 100,000 residents.

“The COVID[-19] virus is still in our community, and we must continue to take precautions to protect ourselves, our family, friends, neighbor and co-workers,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. “We should follow the advice of doctors and public health experts and continue wearing our mask, washing our hands, avoiding crowds and forgoing get-togethers at this time.”

There have been 247,026 cases and 3,071 deaths in Dallas County since officials began data collection in March 2020. About 22% of deaths countywide have been associated with long-term care facilities.

Hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and emergency room visits are among the key indicators health experts use to determine the severity of the virus’s spread, according to the county. The week ending March 3 saw 381 COVID-19 patients in acute care and 335 patients reporting to the ER with COVID-19-like symptoms. This number represents about 14% of the total emergency room visits in the county during that time period, according to information reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.