COVID-19 Bulletin (08/26/20)

217 new cases on Tuesday. American Airlines is furloughing 17,500 workers in October.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 217 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, along with 24 deaths. None of the backlogged cases were included in today’s total, he said. One of the deaths included a woman in her 30s with no underlying conditions.

Because of the pandemic’s impact on travel, American Airlines plans to furlough 17,500 workers in October. This is after 1,500 administrative employees lost their job and 23,000 took an early retirement or voluntary leave earlier this year. Its fourth quarter flights have been cut by 50 percent, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Tarrant County reported 411 new cases on Tuesday, KERA reports. But the county’s public health director says that despite Tuesday’s higher numbers, the overall trend is downward. “Today we don’t see any trouble spots in Tarrant county,” he said.

New COVID-19 cases have already begun to pile up at Texas universities as classes began this week for many, ranging from none at Dallas Baptist University to 111 at Texas Christian University. Some events at SMU have already moved to fully virtual because of COVID-19 cases. The Dallas Morning News has more.


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