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Statewide hospitalizations in Texas set daily record

Thursday also marked the deadliest day for the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This story will continuously be updated. 

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in Texas surpassed 10,000 for the first time Friday with 10,002 patients.

Of those hospitalizations, 1,872 are in the DFW hospital region.

Thursday marked the deadliest day for the state during the COVID-19 pandemic with 105 deaths. There were 95 deaths reported Friday.

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Earlier this week, the Texas Medical Board urged members to reach out to retirees, out-of-state health care providers to help in COVID-19 battle.

"What we're finding is bed capacity is not as much of an issue as staffing capacity is," said Texas Medical Board President Dr. Sherif Zaafran, a Houston anesthesiologist.

There are nearly 10,000 Texans hospitalized because of the novel coronavirus. 

For a daily roundup of the biggest coronavirus news from around North Texas and beyond, sign up for the WFAA COVID-19 email newsletter.   

Dallas County surpasses 1,000 cases for 8th day in a row

For the eighth straight day, Dallas County has surpassed 1,000 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Dallas County and Human Services reported 1,164 cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths, bringing the countywide total to 31,525, including 445 deaths.

The victims that died from COVID-19 include the following:

  • A Dallas man in his 40s, who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Garland man in his 50s, who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 50s, who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Garland woman in her 60s, who died in an area hospital ED, and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas man in his 70s, who died in an area hospital ED, and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A Dallas woman in her 70s, who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s, who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Irving and had been critically ill in an area hospital. He had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A Garland woman in her 90s, who had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 90s, who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been hospitalized. She had underlying high-risk health conditions.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins urged residents to only leave their home when needs, to social distance and to wear a mask. He also tweeted some advice on how to practice good mask etiquette.

Collin County sets record of daily cases reported with 204

State health officials reported there are 204 new cases in Collin County Thursday, setting a record for the highest cases reported in a day.

The county now has recorded 4,205 cases since tracking began in March. There were no new deaths.

There are 831 active cases. There have been 3,318 recoveries and 56 deaths.

Tarrant County reports 634 new cases

Tarrant County health officials reported 634 cases and three new deaths Friday. 

The victims include a woman in her 80s from Euless, and a woman in her 60s and a man in his 80s, both from Fort Worth.  

County officials say all of the victims had underlying health conditions. 

As of Friday afternoon, there are 635 patients in the hospital because of the novel coronavirus. 

There have been 7,730 recoveries and 262 deaths since tracking began in March. 


Gov. Abbott extends statewide COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Friday that extends a statewide COVID-19 Disaster Declaration.

The declaration was originally issued on March 13. According to a news release, the declaration provides the state resources for Texans amid the pandemic.

"Extending this Disaster Declaration helps ensure that Texas has the resources and flexibility needed to effectively respond to COVID-19," Abbott's office said in a written statement. 

"To further mitigate the spread of the virus and overcome this challenge, Texans should continue to do their part by wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home if possible."

Click here to read the full proclamation. 

Dallas County Tax Offices closed to the public for face-to-face transactions

Dallas County has closed all of its tax office locations to the public for face-to-face transactions until further notice due to safety concerns.

Residents are encouraged to process their vehicle registrations and property tax payments online.

There are also grocery partners that will process current vehicle registrations after a valid inspection, the county says.

The Dallas County Tax Office’s Customer Care Center is available to help with questions regarding property taxes, motor vehicle registrations, and title concerns. 

They can from reached at 214-653-7811 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dallas Love Field adds PPE vending machine inside airport

Dallas Love Field has added a vending machine with personal protective equipment near the TSA security checkpoint. 

The vending machine includes hand sanitizer and other PPE equipment for purchase. 

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