Five More Presumptive Positive Coronavirus Cases, Dallas County Says

Dallas County health officials reported five more presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus on March 16, bringing the county total to 19 presumptive positive cases reported.

All five cases are self-isolating and are not in any area hospital, Dallas County Health and Human Services reported. Three are from Dallas, one is a Farmers Branch resident, and one lives out-of-state. Four cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel, and one is a possible case of local community spread, officials say.

The five cases include one man in his 40s, one man in his 50s, one woman in her 50s, one man in his 60s, and one man in his 70s, according to the county.

“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread among the five cases we are reporting today,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “I am in consultation with the mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners.”

Both Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson indicated that there will likely be additional preventative guidance coming soon.

“We will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” Jenkins said Monday.

“We are aware of the new CDC guidance, and we are discussing further restrictions on community gatherings and considering other measures,” Johnson tweeted Sunday night, adding that the public should expect another announcement Monday.

“Until then, please practice social distancing.”

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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