Get live updates throughout the day on how COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is affecting North Texas.
» COVID-19 totals:
In Texas: More than 12,715 cases and 264 deaths have been reported across the state. In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 1,644; Tarrant County: 787; Collin County: 425; Denton County: 454. There have been at least 68 deaths reported in the region’s four largest counties. Check all Texas counties: Use The Texas Newsroom’s interactive maps to see cases and deaths across the state. Global: See Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 dashboard for totals in the U.S. and around the world.
Dallas County Reports 107 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 More Deaths
Dallas County is reporting 107 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 1,644.
County officials are also reporting two additional deaths: a Garland man in his 60s and a Grand Prairie man in his 70s. Both had additional underlying health conditions, according to a statement. There have now been 27 deaths related to the disease in the county.
Officials say 69% of hospitalizations due to the disease have been for people who are either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all those hospitalized.
Tarrant County Reports 4 More COVID-19 Deaths
Four more people in Tarrant County have died from COVID-19, according to county health officials.
The deceased include three Fort Worth residents, a man in his 60s, a man in his 70s and a wom in her late 40s, and a Sansom Park man in his 80s. Officials say they all had underlying health conditions.
Tarrant County now has 25 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus. According to officials, 90 people have recovered. The total number of confirmed cases in the county is 787.
Gov. Abbott Eases Regulations On Physicians-In-Training
Gov. Greg Abbott is waiving some regulations related to restrictions on physicians-in-training permits, allowing staff to work in areas outside of their training program with proper oversight.
For example, under these temporary waivers, a person in a surgery residency program can assist in an Emergency Department if there’s a surge of patients.
Abbott said the waivers will increase the availability of medically trained individuals to help assist with the COVID-19 response.
“These temporary waivers will expand the staffing capacity of our hospitals and medical facilities, ensuring Texans will have access to the care needed during the response to COVID-19,” he said in a statement.
City Of Dallas Resident Resource Guide
The city of Dallas is making a number of resources available to residents and businesses impacted by the emergency regulations in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The guide, available in English and Spanish, includes information on:
Rental assistance Filing for unemployment Connecting displaced workers to jobs Food assistance Help paying utilities (though most utility disconnections have been halted during this time) Mental health resources Business loan information
More Than 13% Of Texas Nursing Homes Have At Least 1 Resident With Coronavirus
About 13% of nursing homes in Texas have at least one case. State officials are not naming the facilities.
The Texas Tribune reports that at least 320 residents and staff members at nursing facilities have tested positive.
Tribune reporter Edgar Walters told public radio’s Texas Standard that the number is likely an undercount — in part due to pushback from nursing homes across the state.
“The explanation that they give is that they don’t wanna reveal any confidential medical information,” Walters said. “As far as the decision not to name particular facilities, I think that’s a little bit more sensitive, I think they are listening perhaps to nursing home administrators who are worried about the consequences.”
In Texas, at least 38 nursing home residents and staff members have died of COVID-19.
Hospital Occupancy In City Of Dallas, Tarrant County Around 50%
More than half of the hospital beds within the city of Dallas are occupied – and about 60% of intensive care unit beds are occupied. About one-third of ventilators are currently in use. That’s based on data from hospitals submitted to the city.
Here are the hospitalization numbers Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s office released for Friday, as reported by the 24 hospitals:
Total beds: 5,329 | Beds occupied: 2,861 Total ICU beds: 781 | ICU beds occupied: 479 Total ventilators: 899 | Ventilators in use: 288
The numbers are similar in Tarrant County. About half of the hospital beds throughout Tarrant are occupied and about one-quarter of ventilators are in use.
Denton County Announces 28 New Cases, 10th Death
Denton County Public Health announced the 10th COVID-19 related death and 28 new cases in the county, bringing the total case count to 454. Another resident at the Denton State Supported Living Center and a Denton County Jail inmate both tested positive.
The patient who died was a Lewisville man in his 60s who was previously reported hospitalized and was a travel-related case.
The county also announced one Denton County Jail inmate who tested positive for COVID-19. The press release said the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and Denton County Public Health are working to minimize exposure within the correctional facility, including placing the individual who tested positive in isolation.
“Sheriff Tracy Murphree and his team have implemented a thorough plan to address COVID-19 in the jail and I fully support the careful measures they have taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our jail facilities,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said.
The total number of residents who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Denton State Supported Living Center increased by one to 51.
“With over 100 long term care facilities in Denton County, DCPH continues to coordinate with facilities directly impacted by concerns of COVID-19,” said Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of DCPH. “Protecting and preserving the health of their residents and staff, through provision of guidance to facilities affected, remains a priority for DCPH.”
Collin County Reports 7th COVID-19 Death Of McKinney Man
A 90-year-old McKinney man with COVID-19 died this morning, according to Collin County Health Care Services. The man had underlying health conditions.
The county reported 19 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count to 425.
Dallas County Reports 105 New Cases, 3 Additional Deaths
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 105 additional cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 1,537.
Health officials also report that three additional people have died from the disease, including a woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas, and two men in their 80s who also lived in the city. Their deaths bring the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county to 25.
Dallas Community-Based Testing Sites Closed Sunday
The city of Dallas has announced that both community-based testing sites will be closed Sunday in observance of Easter. The two sites, located at American Airlines Center and Ellis Davis Field House, will be closed Sunday, April 12.
In a statement, city officials said testing will resume on Monday, April 13 at 8 a.m.
Tarrant County Reports 21st COVID-19 Death
Tarrant County Public Health is reporting that a Lakeside man in his 80s has died as a result of COVID-19. Officials say the man had underlying health conditions.
Tarrant County now has 21 confirmed deaths from COVID-19. A statement from the county says 90 people have recovered from the virus.
North Texas Food Bank Drive-Through Pantry To Return To UNT Dallas
North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is bringing its disaster relief food truck back to the UNT Dallas campus Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon.
The free, drive-through grocery service is available to all community members. NTFB says safety precautions have been established to limit any physical interaction with those handling and loading the boxes of food. The truck will be parked in Lot 2 (to the right of the main entrance).
Many Parks Across Texas Closed For Easter Weekend
Several cities and counties have decided to close parks this weekend to fend off Easter holiday overcrowding, including the city of Dallas. Texas is doing the same — closing all state parks and historical sites until further notice.
All parks in Dallas will close at 9 p.m. tonight for the weekend Several officials will monitor the parks, including park rangers, police, and code enforcement workers.
“We’ve already seen an increase in the use of our parks now that the weather’s gotten better, and that gyms are closed, and that our stay-at-home orders are in effect, and people are trying to find a place to go to get some exercise and some fresh air,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said at a press conference Thursday. “We figured that we’d see considerably more people in our parks this weekend.”
City officials say digital message boards at the parks will warn people about the closures. Trails remain open, though officials say people should follow social distancing guidelines. Parks will reopen Monday morning.
Fort Worth is closing vehicle access to many of its parks on Sunday. Texas did not give a date for when state parks will reopen.
Dallas County Inmates Sue Over Conditions
The Dallas Morning News reports nine Dallas County jail inmates plan to sue over alleged unsafe conditions at the facility because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The lawsuit seeks release of all inmates older than 50, as well as those with underlying health conditions that could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
The inmates also want to guarantee the jail ensures inmates can maintain social distancing, and that they have access to supplies, such as soap and face masks, to prevent spread of the virus.
There have been 29 inmates at the Dallas County Jail and two detention officers have tested positive for the virus.
Dallas Schools Change How Grades Are Calculated Due To Pandemic Closures
Because of the switch to online learning during the coronavirus outbreak, the Dallas school district’s changing how it will calculate grades for students this semester.
The Dallas Morning News reports the changes amount to a pass/fail system.
Grade averages and class rankings for high school students will be based on the first semester’s averages.
Dallas ISD will use numeric grades for the current semester but only to determine whether a student gets credit for a course or gets promoted to the next grade.
Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19’s Spread In North Texas