COVID-19 Bulletin (07/29/20)

Cases in nursing homes more than doubled in July, and the Rio Grande Valley is overwhelmed.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 789 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths on Tuesday, continuing the trend of lower numbers than a couple weeks ago. “If you continue to wear your mask around people outside your household, maintain six foot distancing from people outside your household, limit trips to necessities only and use good hygiene, we will see the numbers go down,” he tweeted.

In July, COVID-19 cases in Texas nursing homes more than doubled, The Texas Tribune reports. More than three quarters of all nursing homes in Texas have reported at least one case. One third of Texas’ 5,713 COVID-19 deaths have been in nursing homes.

NBC DFW spoke with the chaplain at Medical City Plano about how he provides hope during the pandemic. Because of the virus, he is forced to use tablets and smartphones to communicate and provide comfort.

In the Rio Grande Valley, hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID-19. KERA reports about hospital along the border where all 42 beds are full and are in need of ICU-level care, even though the hospital doesn’t have an ICU or negative pressure rooms that filters airborne organisms.


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