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What should I know about coronavirus? Get information from the CDC. What’s been happening locally, statewide and nationally? Check out special coverage from NPR, PBS and the public radio stations in The Texas Newsroom: KERA for North Texas (including quick daily updates below); KUT in Austin; Houston Public Media; Texas Public Radio in San Antonio; and Marfa Public Radio. How’s coronavirus affecting North Texans on the financial edge? Take an in-depth look at our new series, “One Crisis Away: Coronavirus And Life On The Financial Edge.” In Texas: More than 53,500 cases and 1,470 deaths have been reported. More than 31,200 Texans have recovered. In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 8,649; Tarrant County: 4,951; Collin County: 1,136; Denton County: 1,212. There have been at least 416 reported deaths in the region’s four largest counties. Counties across Texas: Use The Texas Newsroom’s interactive maps. Global: See Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 dashboard.
3 More Deaths, 172 New Cases In Dallas County
Dallas County is reporting three additional deaths and 172 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total case count in Dallas County to 8,649, including 210 deaths.
The additional three deaths reported today are described as:
-A Richardson man in his 70s who lived at a long-term care facility, had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.
-A Seagoville woman in her 80s who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have any known underlying high risk health conditions.
-A Mesquite man in his 80s who lived in a long-term care facility and had underlying high risk health conditions.
Officials say of cases requiring hospitalization, two-thirds have been among people under 65 years of age, and about half do not have high-risk chronic health conditions.
Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19, and of the 210 total deaths reported to date, over a third have been associated with long-term care facilities.
Tarrant County Reports 52 New Cases
Tarrant County health officials are reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the total number countywide to 4,951, including 143 deaths.
According to data from health officials, 1,832 county residents have recovered from the disease.
7 New Cases In Denton County
Denton County Public Health is reporting seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.
This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 1,212 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 30 deaths. County health data says 616 people have recovered from the disease.
Collin County Reports 4 New Cases
There are four new cases of COVID-19 in Collin County today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases countywide to 1,136, including 33 deaths.
County officials say 803 residents have successfully recovered from the disease and 21 remain hospitalized.
Texas Unemployment Hits All-Time High
Texas’ unemployment rate for April is the worst on the state’s record. In March, it was at 4.7%, and in April it soared to over 12%.
“The Texas unemployment rate for April 2020 is 12.8% due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cisco Gamez with the Texas Workforce Commission. “12.8% is lower than the national average of 14.7%.”
According to the TWC, all major industries in Texas experienced job losses over the last month.
Still, Gamez says Texas is hiring, with more than 525,000 jobs available on the agency’s website.
Study Projects 1 Million Texans Will Lose Health Insurance
A new study shows that 1 million Texans are projected to lose their health insurance because of the economic recession in the U.S. caused by COVID-19.
Layoffs and furloughs across the country have caused millions to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage.
Dallas Morning News business columnist Mitchell Schnurman told public radio’s Texas Standard that in Texas, there aren’t many other alternatives for coverage.
“The question is how many have somewhere else to go,” Schnurman said. “Across the U.S. 7 in 10 will get coverage elsewhere, in Texas it’s just 1 in 2…”
Schnurman says that Texas is also among the states that did not expand Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act became law. So the only people eligible for health coverage through that program are groups like pregnant women and children or those with disabilities, who also have low incomes.
Texas Beaches Brace For Busy Weekend
Texas beaches, which the governor ordered open on May 1, could see an influx of visitors over Memorial Day Weekend.
Peter Davis is chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. He says despite the possibility of a little rain, they’re anticipating large crowds based on the patterns over the last month.
“I think people are still pretty stir crazy and even though they have a few more options now of other things do besides go to the beach, so that takes a little pressure off us, it’s still a really easy cheap way to get out and have some fun they’ve been cooped up for a long time,” Davis said.
Davis reminds people to maintain social distancing while at the beach.
UT-Dallas Creates COVID-19 Dashboard
Researchers from four departments at the University of Texas at Dallas have collaborated on a COVID-19 dashboard. The tool tracks current virus data and creates epidemiological models.
The information is open to the public, as well as government entities, including the City of Dallas, where officials say they will use the new tool to help make decisions regarding reopening facilities and informing first responders of hotspots.
One part of the tool allows users to view the infection rate over a two-week period and per capita comparisons for individual counties, the state or dozens of U.S. metropolitan areas. Information on North Texas hospital capacity will also be available.
96 New Cases In Tarrant County
Tarrant County reports 96 new cases, bringing the total case count in the county to 4,899. There have been 141 deaths related to COVID-19 in the county. According to public health officials, 1,809 people have recovered from the disease.
Denton Reports 1 Death, 17 New Cases
Denton County Public Health announced one death and 17 new cases, bringing the total case count in the county to 1,205.
The 30th death was a patient who was a previously reported hospitalized female in her 60s and a Carrollton resident.
2 Additional Deaths, 14 New Cases In Collin County
Collin County Public Health announced 14 new cases, raising the total case count in the county to 1,132. There were also two additional deaths, bringing the total to 33.
The patients were two elderly women with underlying health conditions. One was a 98-year-old woman from Plano who died this morning at the Life Care Center of Plano and the other was an 82-year-old woman from Richardson who died May 3 at a hospital in Plano. The Richardson woman’s death was not reported to county officials until today.
Dallas County Reports 4 More Deaths, 204 Additional Cases
Dallas County is reporting four more deaths and 204 additional positive cases COVID-19. That brings the total case count in Dallas County to 8,477, including 207 deaths.
The additional four deaths are being described as:
-A Dallas man in his 50s who had been critically ill in an area hospital.
-A Dallas woman in her 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital.
-A Dallas man in his 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital.
-An Irving man in his 80s who lived in a long-term care facility.
“Today’s number follows a trend of this week having a lower number of positive cases than last week, and our hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and ICU admissions staying relatively flat,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. “Unfortunately, none of this leads to the 14 day decline that the doctors have talked about, so we are still at that red ‘stay home stay safe’ zone.”
New Lawsuit Seeks Release Of Medically Vulnerable In Dallas County Jail
A new lawsuit seeks the release of medically vulnerable people detained in the Dallas County jail. Several hundred inmates there have tested positive for COVID-19.
Henderson Hill is with the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups that filed the lawsuit today. He said yesterday social distancing is impossible within the facility.
”People are crammed in like so many canned sardines,” Hill said. “There’s no way to practice physical distancing in the Dallas County jail.”
Henderson says they’re asking Dallas County officials to ensure that the jail adopts health protocols, like regular testing, social distancing, and free access to soap and masks.
The Dallas Morning News reports the lawsuit was filed against County Sheriff Marion Brown on behalf of inmates David Daniels, Jodie Campbell and Keilie McCullar, who are detained in the jail.
Attorneys for the inmates are also representing at least nine inmates in a federal court case against the jail. U.S. District Judge Ada Brown denied their motion for temporary restraining order, which would have granted their release.
Pier 1 Going-Out-Of-Business Sales Starts Today
Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports begins going-out-of-business sales today.
That’s ahead of plans announced earlier this week to wind down operations after an unsuccessful bankruptcy reorganization.
The company had been struggling in recent years with more competition and was trying to reorganize around 450 stores or find a buyer, but the pandemic thwarted those prospects.
Collin County Holds Online Jury Trial
A court in Collin County this week held what’s believed to be the first American jury trial conducted over online video.
Monday’s non-binding, abbreviated lawsuit trial over a disputed insurance claim was an experiment in restarting parts of the justice system halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Potential jurors connected with the court over Zoom. Jury selection streamed live on YouTube.
Matthew Pearson served as the plaintiff’s attorney. He said the experience went better than he expected.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Tests Positive
Debra Lehrmann yesterday tweeted she and her husband tested positive after showing symptoms last week. She told The Dallas Morning News the couple have “strictly adhered” to stay-at-home orders since early March. They did get visits from family, including an infant grandchild.
Greg and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We began to exhibit symptoms last week, despite diligently complying with stay-at-home rules. Thankfully, this has not interfered with #SCOTX work, as the Court is working remotely. We are grateful for your thoughts & prayers. #SBOT
— Debra Lehrmann (@JusticeLehrmann) May 21, 2020
Lehrmann said her health has not interfered with her job, because the state Supreme Court is working remotely.
Lehrmann’s the highest-ranking state official known to have contracted COVID-19.
Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19’s Spread In North Texas
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