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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 72,500 cases and 1,811 deaths have been reported. More than 47,800 Texans have recovered. In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 11,541; Tarrant County: 5,985; Collin County: 1,430; Denton County: 1,467. There have been at least 501 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.
Dallas County Has Another Record Day Of New Cases — 298
Dallas County is reporting another record day of new COVID-19 cases with 298 additional cases and 10 more deaths. This brings the total case count in Dallas County to 11,541, including 260 deaths.
“Today’s numbers continue a trend of a significant increase in the number of new cases and deaths from the week before,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. “However, the hospitalizations, ICU admissions for COVID-19 and ER visits for COVID-19 still remain flat.”
Jenkins continues to encourage residents to maintain social distancing when outside the home and wear face coverings.
The additional 10 deaths reported today are described as:
A Dallas woman in her 20s who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas woman in her 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. An Irvin man in his 70s who lived at a long-term care facility. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Carrollton man in his 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas man in his 80s who lived at a long-term care facility. He had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions. An Irving man in his 80s who lived at a long-term care facility. He had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas woman in her 90s who lived at a long-term care facility where she died. She did not have underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas man in his 90s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions. A Dallas woman in her 90s who lived at a long-term care facility where she died. A Dallas woman who was over 100 years old. She lived at a long-term care facility where she died.
Tarrant County Reports 122 New Cases
Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 122 new cases of COVID-19, along with one death. This brings the countywide total number of cases to 5,985. The deceased was a Fort Worth man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.
Denton County Reports 13 New Cases
Denton County Public Health is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19, along with one death. This brings the countywide total number of cases to 1,467. The death reported today was a previously reported hospitalized male in his 60s who was a resident of Prosper.
Dallas County Reports 285 New Cases, A New Daily Record
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 285 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of new cases on record. This brings the countywide total to 11,243.
.@DCHHS reports 285 cases and 1 death. Today we saw the highest number of new cases on record for COVID-19. We’ve seen a significant increase this week for the average number of daily cases from last week and it’s up to all of us #FlattenTheCurve. pic.twitter.com/vvyTdSnrBc
— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) June 4, 2020
One additional death is reported — a DeSoto man in his 60s who had been critically ill in an area hospital.
Tarrant County Reports 172 New Cases
There are 172 new cases of COVID-19 today in Tarrant County, according to data released by county health officials. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 5,863, including 173 deaths.
19 New Cases In Denton County
Denton County is reporting 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 1,454 confirmed cases, including 32.
According to data from county health officials, 702 residents have recovered from the disease.
Six Flags And Hurricane Harbor Set To Reopen This Month
Six Flags over Texas will welcome back members and season pass holders on June 19. The park will open to the general public on June 22. Six Flags’ water park Hurricane Harbor will reopen to all visitors June 18.
Visitors must make a reservation in advance online, and the park will use those reservations to stagger arrival times to minimize proximity exposure. They’ll also do temperature screenings on all guests and employees, strictly impose social distancing and sanitize more often throughout the park.
Read more on Art&Seek.
Texans Still Face Obstacles To Collecting Unemployment Benefits Months Into The Coronavirus Pandemic's Economic Crisis
Inundated by millions of Texans trying to file claims for unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission has added four external call centers and hired staff to have more than 1,000 workers answering phone calls. The agency has also increased its server capacity from five servers to 20.
But months into the coronavirus pandemic, an unknown number of Texans are still living in the dark about when — or if — payments are coming as they face busy signals, confusing communication or no word at all. Meanwhile, they are staring down mounting bills coming due.
More than 2.3 million Texans have filed unemployment claims since mid-March as the economy is being battered by limited statewide commerce during the pandemic and a downturn in the state’s massive energy industry. Last week, another 106,821 Texans filed for unemployment. Already, the agency has processed more than four typical years' worth of unemployment claims since mid-March. Nationwide, another 1.9 million Americans filed for unemployment last week.
Read the full story at The Texas Tribune.
Sports Venues Can Open To 50% Capacity. What Does That Mean For Texas Teams, Events?
Texas college sports programs appear to a major beneficiary from Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision Wednesday to expand capacity for sports venues, including indoor arenas, to 50 percent capacity.
The mandate, part of the third phase of the governor’s task force’s plan to reopen the state, also applies to professional sports leagues, whose seasons are either on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic or are in the offseason.
Sports leagues must first approve a safety plan to the state for approval to hold events, and players and fans must follow state guidelines.
While this would appear to give the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros an avenue to allowing fans should there be a 2020 MLB season, the league and players association do not plan to initially allow fans to their games.
The Dallas Stars will also resume their season without fans, according to the NHL’s return-to-play plan, and the Dallas Mavericks will be among the NBA teams that resume their season in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., without fans.
This story was provided by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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