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» COVID-19 totals:
In Texas: More than 18,317 cases and 462 deaths have been reported across the state. In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 2,428; Tarrant County: 1,242; Collin County: 527; Denton County: 593. There have been over 117 reported deaths 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 104 More Cases
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 104 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 2,428.
Tarrant County Reports 13 New Cases, 1 Death
Tarrant County Public Health is reporting another death from COVID-19. The woman was in her 50s from Fort Worth. The county is also reporting 13 new cases, bringing the total to 1,242.
Denton County Announces 1 Additional Death, 7 New Cases
Denton County Public Health announced one more death, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 16. The county also announced seven new cases of COVID-19, raising the total to 592.
The patient who died was a male resident of Carrollton in his 70s. He was previously reported hospitalized and was a case of local transmission.
McKinney Woman With COVID-19 Dies
An 82-year-old McKinney woman with underlying health conditions and COVID-19 died in her home early this morning, according to public health care authorities.
Records from Collin County Health Care Services show the woman was found positive on Friday. She was the 13th person to die from the virus in the county.
CCHCS has reported 521 cases of COVID-19 among county residents.
Dallas County Reports Highest Number Of New Daily Cases, Weekly Fatalities To Date
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced today’s number of new cases, 134, is the most the county has ever reported. The county also announced that the 33 fatalities this week are the highest on record so far.
“Today’s five deaths bring our weekly fatalities to 33, which is the deadliest week so far and 55% of all COVID19 deaths in Dallas County,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “Today’s number of new cases is the most we have ever reported. The second highest number of new cases reported was yesterday.”
The county’s five additional deaths include:
A man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie and had been critically ill in an area hospital. A woman in her 90s who was a resident of the City of University Park and had been critically ill in an area hospital. A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been critically ill in an area hospital. A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been hospitalized in an area hospital. A woman in her 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
Tarrant County Reports 3 More Deaths
Tarrant County Public Health announced three more county residents have died due to COVID-19.
One patient was in her 70s from Mansfield, one was in her 60s from Fort Worth and the other was in her 70s from Keller. Two of the women had underlying health conditions.
Tarrant County now has 38 deaths from COVID-19.
Texas Tops 18,000 Cases, Over 400 Deaths
As of Saturday morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas topped 18,000. At least 459 people in the state have died from the virus.
Over 4,400 cases of the disease have been confirmed in North Texas’ four biggest counties and at least 115 people in the area have died from the disease.
There have been over 700,500 cases reported across the U.S. and over 37,000 deaths.
Judge: Texas Prison Must Provide Sanitizer, Masks For Older Prisoners
A federal judge is ordering Texas officials to provide hand sanitizer, masks, and more information on COVID-19 to inmates at a geriatric prison.
The order stems from a lawsuit two prisoners at the Pack Unit, near College Station, filed against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) over its response to the pandemic.
The Texas Tribune reports that TDCJ appealed the ruling. A judge on Friday granted a five-day stay, which puts the ruling into effect on Wednesday.
Texas Tourist Destinations Struggle During Pandemic
Texas towns that typically attract scores of tourists this time of year have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Port Aransas on the Texas Gulf Coast gets about 5 million visitors each year.
Charles Bujan is the mayor of Port Aransas. The city’s struggling with business closures and job losses caused by the pandemic — that’s on top of recovery efforts still underway after Hurricane Harvey. Bujan talked with public radio’s Texas Standard.
“As a town we were about 90-95% destroyed,” Bujan said. “We’ve come a long way since then, but we still have a long way to go.”
Tourism in Texas is typically a $69 billion industry, according to the state’s Commission on the Arts.
Dallas County Reports 124 New Cases, 5 Additional Deaths
Dallas County Health and Human Services is announcing 124 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-18 cases in the county is 2,190.
“Today’s numbers illustrate the importance of continuing to make good personal responsibility choices to #FlattenTheCurve,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “Remember each trip to an essential business carries with it some risk, so plan ahead and make a list of what you need.”
Five additional deaths are reported. Two of the patients were women in their 60s: one lived in Dallas and the other lived in a long-term care facility in Dallas. Two of the patients were men in their 70s: one resided in Farmers Branch and the other lived in Dallas. A man in his 80s, who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas, also died.
All five who died had been critically ill in the hospital.
Tarrant County Reports 82 New Cases, 1 Additional Death
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Tarrant County reached 1,175 Friday afternoon after health officials announced 82 new cases.
County health officials are also reporting an additional COVID-19 related death, a Fort Worth man in his 80s. There have been 35 deaths related to the disease in the county.
Collin County Reports Death Of Fairview Man With COVID-19
A 73-year-old Fairview man with underlying health conditions and COVID-19 died in a local hospital this morning, according to Collin County Health Care Services. This marks the 12th death related to the disease in the county.
County health officials reported 16 new cases of the disease today bringing the countwide total to 521 confirmed cases. There have been 12 deaths in Collin County related to COVID-19.
Denton County Reports 21 New Cases
Denton County Public Health is reporting 21 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the countywide total to 585 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The number of cases at the Denton State Supported Living Center remains at 54.
Gov. Abbott Plans To Reopen Businesses, Shutters Schools For The Rest Of The School Year
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday issued a series of Executive Orders to gradually reopen the state’s economy.
The first of his orders creates the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, which will include officials and medical professionals who will provide recommendations to Abbott.
Another order allows retailers to reopen, as long as they sell products without having customers enter stores.
“Because we’ve seen that this model works, while also containing COVID-19, we believe that all stores in Texas should be able to operate retail-to-go, beginning next Friday,” he said.
Schools will also remain closed for the remainder of the current academic year.
Dallas County Reports 17 Cases At Local Homeless Shelter
There are 17 new cases of COVID-19 at a Dallas County homeless shelter. Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang updated county commissioners today at an emergency meeting.
Huang did not say which shelter was affected, but explained there are as many as 200 residents and staffers who could have come in contact with the virus.
“They weren’t all symptomatic, but when we did the testing there was quite widespread positives,” Huang said. “So much so that it almost indicates that we don’t even need to do any more testing. We will have to assume almost, you know, most everyone has been exposed.”
The city of Dallas has put aside more than $1 million for hotels to house first responders and the homeless until September. Huang says officials are working to get these people moved into individual rooms today.
Dallas County Commissioners Modify Order With A Mask Requirement
Dallas County Commissioners voted Friday morning to modify an order that requires people to wear face coverings while visiting essential businesses and riding public transportation.
The revised order will make it explicit that there will be no fine or punishment for people who do not wear coverings.
The original order was set to go into effect at midnight.
Commissioners also voted to reopen craft stores so that they can sell mask supplies.
Dallas County public health officials say 17 people at a homeless shelter have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Many weren’t showing symptoms when they were tested.
That’s according to Dr. Philip Huang, the county’s health and human services director. He told county commissioners this morning that as many as 200 others have been at the shelter, and many of them may have been exposed. Officials have not named the shelter.
Air National Guard Will Help The Tarrant Area Food Bank
The Tarrant Area Food Bank has asked the Air National Guard to assist with operating new, pop-up field distribution sites.
That’s to manage the large spike in demand for emergency food relief.
The food bank reports a 65% increase per week over normal distribution before the coronavirus outbreak. The non-profit’s currently serving a million meals a week.
The Air National Guard will pack produce bags, distribute emergency relief food boxes and also will assist with traffic control and personal safety at several drive-through locations beginning today.
Texas Hospitals Cut Back Staffing
The coronavirus outbreak is forcing various hospitals across Texas to cut back on staffing.
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare’s furloughing 3,400 employees. The move follows an earlier furlough of 500 corporate employees.
Shannon Najmabadi with the Texas Tribune told public radio’s Texas Standard hospitals have been seeing fewer patients in emergency rooms and surgeries. She said she thinks the decline is partly due to the gubernational order post-poning nonessential medical procedures.
“It’s also because people are heeding health warnings and just staying out of hospitals and doctors offices as much as possible, and y’know being home more in compliance with local orders, which basically means they’re getting in car accidents, and things like that, less…,” Najmabadi said.
In Northeast Texas, emergency room visits at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant have dropped from about 65 a day to about 25. And hospital revenue has declined more than 30%.
Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19’s Spread In North Texas