UPDATE 8/4/20 9:40 AM: Estimated Dallas County recoveries was inaccurately reported as being at 51,108. That is the number of contractions of the virus reported. The correct number of recoveries is 39,952—the second highest of all counties in Texas.

An estimated 297,422 have recovered from the Chinese coronavirus statewide—a 29 percent increase from last week— while 7,016 have died from the virus among Texas’ population of over 29 million. Texas’ Health and Human Services Department estimates Dallas County has the second-highest recoveries statewide.

As of Monday, recoveries continue rising, and deaths are low in Texas’ urban counties.

Data from Bexar, Denton, Tarrant, and Travis counties continue to confirm Tarrant Public Health Director Dr. Vinny Taneja’s report that those over 65 are at “high risk” from the virus. He added those with underlying conditions as well, which Tarrant’s data continues to support.

Statewide, it’s estimated 297,422 recovered from the virus, compared with 7,016 deaths.

Dallas County doesn’t track recoveries. “We’re not going back and contacting everyone to see if they have recovered. But … if we know they have passed away, then the other ones probably have recovered,” said Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director.

Texas Department of Health and Human Services is estimating recoveries based on some of Huang’s metrics. As of numbers posted today, they estimate 39,952 recoveries in Dallas County—the second highest of all counties in Texas according to their data—compared with Sunday’s report of 688 deaths among their population of over 2.6 million.

Texas Scorecard has sent these numbers to all of the commissioners, requesting corrections if they’re inaccurate. Commissioner John Wiley Price—who has opposed the county’s mask mandates and shelter-in-place policies—replied to last week’s press inquiry and indicated that our estimate of recoveries then was correct.

“The fact is that most of the people who get COVID-19 will recover,” Richard Hill of Tarrant County Public Health previously told Texas Scorecard.

Despite these incredibly encouraging numbers, Texas is under a statewide mask mandate, families are also banned from being with their special-needs children who are in state-supported living centers, and families are having difficulty seeing their loved ones in hospitals.

Voters concerned about the mask mandate policy or another shutdown may contact their elected state representative, state senator, and Gov. Abbott.

This article has been updated since publication. 

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.