Undated (WBAP/KLIF) – According to a White House coronavirus task force member, the the US has reached a new phase in the virus transmission, now affecting rural areas as much as urban centers.
Dr. Deborah Birx, task force co-ordinator said on Sunday that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the US earlier this year.
“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,”
Meantime, coronavirus numbers in Dallas County continue to trend downward. On Sunday reported 518 new cases were reported, along with seven additional deaths.
Dallas hospitals are now over two-thirds of its 6000 bed capacity for COVID patients; nearly 680 of 900 available ICU beds, and 370 of the 960 available ventilators are in use.
Also in Dallas County, over 2,050 children have tested positive for the virus; 52 have been hospitalized.
Tarrant County reported 183 new cases and four deaths Sunday.
Denton and Collin counties reported a total of 94 new cases and no deaths.
Across North Texas there have been over 1300 fatalities and over 103-thousand positive cases reported.
Statewide, Texas did not report daily cases nor fatalities Sunday as health officials worked to upgrade the electronic system they use to process lab reports. The Texas department of State Health Services says the Sunday counts will be published today [Monday 8/3] after the upgrade is completed.
The department on Saturday reported over 95-hundred new COVID-19 cases and another 268 deaths.
The state total on Saturday was 430,485 confirmed cases and over 68-hundred fatalities.
Stats to the right represent total COVID tests, cases, deaths recoveries and active cases, according to theTexas Department of State Health and Human Services as of July 31, 2020.
Dr. Birx: "To everybody who lives in a rural area — you are not immune." pic.twitter.com/qP5GCMhurT
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