A record 20 people died on Tuesday due to COVID-19. Twenty days ago, Dallas County surpassed 300 new cases of COVID-19. On Tuesday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 601 new cases. “Lives depend on swift action, not only from our state leaders, but from all of you in making good, strong decisions. Please wear a mask whenever you are around others outside your home,” he tweeted.
While cases statewide surged, the contact tracing employees statewide could not keep up with the needs. Governor Abbott set of a goal of 4,000 contract employees months ago, but there are still only 2,800 workers after peaking at 3,200 employees earlier this year. Read The Texas Tribune for more.
Investor owned healthcare companies Tenet and Medical City Parent Company Healthcare Corporation of America face new revenue challenges as the Governor continues to ban elective procedures in Texas’ most populous counties, adding four counties to the list on Tuesday. Read more about the challenges with The Dallas Morning News.
Plano City Council will vote on a mask ordinance Tuesday night that would require businesses to mandate a mask when inside. Collin County has not joined Dallas County on a mask mandate, but cities such as McKinney have. Read more from NBC5.