COVID-19 Bulletin (08/14/20)

Dallas County adds 641 new cases, and Texas' COVID-19 positive test rate has never been higher.

Dallas County has 641 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths related to the disease, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The number of a new cases is a significant jump from yesterday’s lower total, but the county is still trending down from the peak in July.

The rate of positive tests for COVID-19 has never been higher in the state of Texas, which has accompanied a reduction in the number of tests being given. Governor Greg Abbott says the state is investigating the trend and is hoping to increase testing, The Texas Tribune reports.

Read this Dallas Morning News story about visitation to Texas’ nursing homes and assisted living communities to learn how the state’s new regulations are impacting visitation, which is allowed of August 6.

The City of Dallas COVID-19 Czar, Dr. Kelvin Baggett, spoke with with KERA to discuss COVID-19 case number fluctuation, obstacles to getting care, and how funding will impact the future of fighting the virus. He also explains what COVID-19 Czar actually does.


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