COVID-19 Bulletin (07/30/20)

Dallas County reports a record number of deaths on Wednesday, and 704 new cases. 70 percent of a nearby federal prison is infected.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported a record 36 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, adding 704 new cases. “Today’s 36 deaths is a new single day reporting record and is a somber reminder of the seriousness of this outbreak. We must continue the spirit of sacrifice for the community good that has led people to forgo unnecessary trips,” he wrote via Twitter.

At UT Arlington, the North Texas Genome Project has been transformed into a COVID-19 testing facility, a feat engineered by renowned scientist Dr. Florence Haseltine, who used her connections to make the transformation happen. The Dallas Morning News has more.

The federal prison in Seagoville southeast of Dallas has 1,200 positive COVID-19 cases, about 70 percent of inmates there. The prison has more than any other federal prison in the country, WFAA reports. Inmates are fearing for their health.

Tyler, Texas Congressman and mask skeptic Louie Gohmert was denied access to Air Force One after testing positive for COVID-19 and was unable to accompany President Trump’s visit to West Texas today, KERA reports.


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