UPDATE 7/28/20 8:11 AM: Regarding Dallas County recovery estimates—using metrics provided by the county’s Health and Human Services Director—Commissioner John Wiley Price replied to our press inquiry and indicated that our estimate of recoveries is correct. 

Price has been in opposition to the county’s mask mandates and shelter-in-place policies.

The latest data show recoveries from the Chinese coronavirus continue to soar statewide, while 5,038 of the state’s 29 million Texans have died from the virus. Using metrics from the county’s Health and Human Services Director, Texas Scorecard estimates Dallas County has the highest number of 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 and those with underlying conditions are at “high risk.”

Statewide, it is estimated that 229,107 Texans have recovered from the virus, compared with 5,038 deaths.

Dallas County reported that of their population of over 2.6 million, 607 have died of the 47,239 confirmed coronavirus cases. Dallas does not 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,” Dr. Philip Huang—Dallas County Health and Human Services Director—told Dallas County commissioners.

Huang told commissioners the virus has an incubation period of four days.

Four days ago, Dallas County reported 44,746 cases. Using Huang’s metrics, Texas Scorecard estimates 44,139 have recovered from the Chinese coronavirus in Dallas County.

These estimates were sent to Dallas Commissioners John Wiley Price, J.J. Koch, Dr. Theresa Daniel, and Elba Garcia. They were asked for corrections if the estimates—made using Huang’s metrics—were incorrect and to provide the correct recovery numbers. No immediate reply has yet been received.

“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, an order that has drawn sharp criticism from grassroots voters and elected Republicans across the state.

Families are also banned from being with their special-needs children who are in state-supported living centers.

Voters concerned about these mandates or another shutdown may contact their elected state representative, state senator, and Gov. Abbott.

Robert Montoya

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