Editor’s note: This is the latest information reported by Dallas County, Richardson ISD and Plano ISD through their public dashboards.Dallas County Health and Human Services reported a four-day total of 4,877 new cases of coronavirus Sept. 8.

The seven-day average now sits at 1,159, which is a rate of 44 new daily cases per 100,000 residents, according to a county news release. The seven-day average at this time last week was 1,172, which is a rate of 44.5 new daily cases per 100,000 residents.

There have been 310,272 cases and 4,388 deaths in Dallas County since officials began data collection in March 2020. About 19% of deaths countywide have been associated with long-term care facilities.

“There is a new strain of COVID-19 that has been detected in Dallas County, the mu strain,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement Sept. 8. “While the mu strain is not believed to be more contagious or deadly than the delta strain, it has new sophisticated constellations on the end of its spike which is further indication that the virus is mutating into forms which will be much more difficult to combat with our present vaccines.”

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