COVID-19 Live Updates: Fort Worth Inmate Dies After Giving Birth While On A Ventilator

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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 26,350 cases and 719 deaths have been reported across the state. In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 3,240; Tarrant County: 2,088; Collin County: 692; Denton County: 738. There have been at least 190 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.

Fort Worth Inmate Who Had C-Section While On Ventilator Dies

An inmate at the Federal Medical Center Carswell prison in Fort Worth died Tuesday, a month after she was hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms and delivered a baby by cesarean section while on a ventilator.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said Andrea Circle Bear, 30, was from the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She'd pleaded guilty to a federal methamphetamine charge, and was transferred from a local prison to the Fort Worth medical center on March 20.

She's the 29th inmate to die in Bureau of Prisons custody since late March. More than 1,700 federal inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

Tarrant County Officials Say Facility-Related Deaths Are Up

County officials say they've seen a spike in facility-related COVID-19 cases. 

County Commissioner Roy Brooks said the word "facilities" includes jails and prisons, nursing homes, rehab centers and any other long-term living spaces.

"All of these are places where people have limited to no choice about being there,” Brooks said. “These are places where social distancing is very difficult to achieve.” 

Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to re-open the Texas economy lays out specific steps for slowing the spread in these places.

Those include increased testing, isolating individuals with the virus and limiting staff from traveling between different facilities.

6th Texas Execution Delayed; Attorneys Cite Pandemic

The state criminal appeals court has delayed a sixth execution in Texas.

Edward Lee Busby was scheduled to receive a lethal injection May 6th. That's now on hold for 60 days.

The appeals court order didn't give a reason, but Busby’s attorneys argued for delaying the execution because of the dangers from the pandemic. 

Busby went to death row for the killing of a retired 77-year-old college professor abducted in Fort Worth.

Most Dallas Movie Theaters Staying Closed — For Now

Many large movie theater chains are saying they won't reopen on Friday, despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan allowing movie theaters and other businesses to reopen with limited occupancy.

The Dallas Morning News reports Cinemark, Studio Movie Grill and Alamo Drafthouse locations will remain closed until further notice.

The theater chains are citing health concerns for both customers and staff.

AMC and Cinemark theaters say they're preparing for a midsummer opening. 

Read the full story from The Dallas Morning News.

Dallas County Ties Deadliest Day; County Judge Responds To Reopening Plan

Dallas County tied its deadliest day yet in the coronavirus crisis: 10 people died, including a 17-year old girl from Lancaster.

In an afternoon press conference, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said that based on the numbers, the county might not see its peak in cases until next week.

The milestone came a day after Gov. Abbott unveiled plans to reopen Texas starting Friday. 

Jenkins said it's up to residents to take the necessary precautions when visiting movie theaters, restaurants and other businesses.

“It's up to all of you — both business owners and individuals — to make really good personal responsibility choices," he said. "The governor's orders have changed yesterday but the underlying science has not."

Jenkins said there are no plans to enforce fines or health inspections of business that don't follow Abbott's guidelines of social distancing and temperature checks.

Dallas Meat Processing Plant Shuts Down After 2 Workers Die Of COVID-19

With President Trump poised to order meat processing plants to stay open, a plant in West Dallas is shut down after two of its workers died of COVID-19 in the last few days.

On Tuesday, family members of one of the victims blamed Quality Sausage Company for not closing earlier, as soon as there were signs of infection among employees.

“It’s very hard for us and I think this is unfair,” said Blanca Parra Gonzalez, the longtime partner of Hugo Dominguez, who died Saturday. “This COVID-19 is the worst thing that’s happened in this world. It’s not fair that my kids no longer have their dad.”

Read the full story from KERA's Stella M. Chávez.

Dallas County Reports 135 More Cases, 10 Deaths

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 135 additional positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the county total to 3,240.

Ten additional deaths are also being reported. They include:

A 17-year-old girl from Lancaster, who died at an area hospital ER A Dallas man in his 30s who died at an area hospital ER A Garland man in his 30s who had been critically ill in an area hospital A Carrollton man in his 40s who had been critically ill in an area hospital A Lancaster man in his 40s who had been critically ill in an area hospital A man in his 60s who was an inmate at a state correctional facility and had been hospitalized A Dallas man in his 70s who had been critically ill at an area hospital A Dallas woman in her 70s who was a resident of a long-term health care facility and had been critically ill in an area hospital A Dallas man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility A Dallas man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility and had been hospitalized

Tarrant County Reports 5 Deaths, 69 New Cases

Tarrant County Public Health is reporting five COVID-19 deaths. They include two Fort Worth men in their 60s, two Arlington women — one in her 90s and one in her 70s — and one Grapevine man in his 80s. These deaths bring the county's total to 58.

Tarrant County is also reporting 69 news cases, which brings the total to 2088.

Denton County Reports 14 New Cases

Denton County Public Health is reporting 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the number of countywide total cases to 738.

Federal Judge Denies Release Of Dallas County Inmates

A federal judge has said no to releasing inmates from the Dallas County Jail amid an outbreak of coronavirus — 153 inmates have tested positive so far.

Lawyers for the nine plaintiffs told The Dallas Morning News they hope a forthcoming explanation from U.S. District Judge Ada Brown will explain that decision.

The lawsuit said Dallas County inmates can't physically distance themselves from others and have little access to soap or face masks. Mostare being held on drug-related charges and have underlying health issues.

The sheriff last week in court argued new sanitation and isolation policies in the jail were working, and that granting the inmates’ requests to release inmates would harm public safety.

Read the full story from The Dallas Morning News.

Critical Care Decontamination System Coming To Fort Worth

Fort Worth will be home to a N95 filtration mask decontamination unit. It will be a regional hub serving Texans from East Texas to the Panhandle by inspecting and decontaminating up to 80,000 masks every 24 hours.

Battelle Memorial Institute, a private nonprofit science and technology development company, was approved by the FDA to clean N95 masks to help maintain inventory. Battelle is working in conjucntion with the Department of State Health Services, the North Central texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council and the city of Fort Worth.

McKinney Man, 90, Plano Man, 102, Die From COVID-19

A 90-year-old McKinney man with underlying health conditions and COVID-19 died this morning at an assisted living center. A Plano man, 102, died at the Life Care Center of Plano. He had underlying health conditions and COVID-19. As of Tuesday morning, Collin County Health Care Services is reporting 676 cases of COVID-19. Today's deaths brings the county's total to 18.

New Fund To Help Fort Worth Artists 'Heal Through Art'

A new $100,000 initiative will help cash-strapped Fort Worth-area artists by awarding grants to them to create visual artworks addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Called “The New Normal,” the fund is intended to help both Fort Worth’s creative economy and the city’s wider community by providing income for local artists and by culturally processing the current crisis. Ninety-five percent of American artists have lost income because of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic — while two-thirds of artists have lost their jobs, period.

The grants of $2000 or $5000 will be awarded by a panel of eight judges made up of directors and curators from such institutions as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The creators of The fund hope their model of "healing through art" will be adapted by other cities. 

Read the whole story at Art & Seek.

3rd Trinity Metro Bus Driver Tests Positive

A third bus driver for Trinity Metro in Fort Worth has tested positive for coronavirus.

The driver's been under self-quarantine since April 2.

The transit agency said in a statement the driver operated on Route 14 on April 5 and 6, April 10-12 and April 16-20.

Any passengers who rode Route 14 on these dates should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, contact their healthcare provider if any symptoms develop, and self-quarantine to avoid possibly exposing others.

A second Trinity Metro bus operator tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday.

The first driver began self-quarantining March 22. He's fully recovered and is back at work.

Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19's Spread In North Texas 

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