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 23,900 cases and 630 deaths have been reported across the state. In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 2,909; Tarrant County: 1,836; Collin County: 654; Denton County: 702. There have been at least 169 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.
1 Death And 22 New Cases In Denton County
One additional person in Denton County has died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county to 20. The woman who died was over 80 and a resident of Denton Rehabilitation Center.
County health officials reported 22 new cases of COVID-19 in Denton County today, including one additional case in a long-term care facility. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 702 confirmed cases.
The total number of COVID-19 cases among Denton State Supported Living Center residents remains 54. There have been 19 confirmed cases among long-term care facility residents in the county.
Dallas County Reports 4 More Deaths, 75 New Cases
Dallas County is reporting four additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 75 new cases today. The total case count in Dallas County is 2,909, including 81 deaths.
The 4 additional deaths being reported today include:
A Garland man in his 60s. A Carrollton man in his 70s. A Dallas man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility. A Dallas woman in her 90s who was also a resident of a long-term care facility.
Of the 81 total deaths reported in the county about 40% have been associated with long-term care facilities.
Tarrant County Reports 4 More COVID-19 Deaths, 130 New Cases
Tarrant County is reporting four more COVID-19 deaths. The deceased include a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s from Fort Worth, an Azle man in his 40s and a Grapevine woman in her 90s. Tarrant County now has 52 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19. According to county health officials, 283 people have recovered.
The county also reported 130 new cases of the disease bringing the total number of positive cases in the county to 1,836. There have been 52 deaths related to the disease in the county.
Nearly 24,000 Texans Have Tested Positive, Over 600 Have Died
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas is nearly 24,000, and at least 630 people in the state have died from the virus. More than 5,800 of Texas’ cases and at least 160 deaths are in North Texas.
There have been over 900,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and more than 52,000 deaths related to the disease.
Food To Be Given To Fort Worth Families Today
The Tarrant Area Food Bank will provide food today from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
It's a partnership with Fort Worth ISD and other local groups. The food will distributed at four sites:
The Leadership Academy at Como Elementary Western Hills Elementary Luella Merrett Elementary Leonard Middle School.
Families can get 25lb boxes of nonperishable food on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tarrant Area Food Bank says volunteers will take safety precautions as they distribute the food.
More distributions are planned for future Saturdays.
Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend For Emergency Supplies
Today marks the start of the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency supplies.
Kevin Lyons, with the Texas Comptroller’s Office, says it’s meant to help people prepare for hurricanes and other storms.
“We just want people to stay safe, and if you can order things online from the safety of your own home, that’d be great. If you have to go into a store to purchase things, please use strict social distancing,” Lyons said. “We want you to not only be able to take advantage of these tax free items, we want you to say safe when you do it as well.”
Tax-free items include household batteries and flashlights under $75 and portable generators under $3,000.
Lyons says masks and personal protective equipment are not eligible items.
Two New Testing Sites Open in Dallas & Fort Worth Walgreens Stores
Starting yesterday, a Walgreens store in Dallas and one in Fort Worth are providing free 15-minute drive-through COVID-19 testing to people who meet testing criteria.
The location in Dallas is at 2060 South Buckner Blvd.
In Fort Worth, testing will be conducted at 8600 Camp Bowie West Blvd.
Walgreens pharmacists will oversee patients as they self-administer the COVID-19 test.
Testing is available daily and by appointment only.
People can schedule an appointment by going to the Walgreens website and completing an online health assessment to see if they are eligible.
Other testing sites have been set up around Texas and the country.
Collin County Judge Lifts Office Restrictions
Collin County Judge Chris Hill issued an executive order Friday lifting restrictions on public access to county government offices.
Beginning May 1, county government offices will be open to the public for unscheduled, in-person visits. County employees will continue to take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus, including:
Face masks will be available for the public and county employees (and may be required in certain departments) Plexiglas sneeze guards will be installed in certain locations where face-to-face interactions are more common Departments will limit the number of individuals in the office at the same time to avoid gatherings and to allow for adequate spacing between guests Offices will undergo regular and more frequent cleaning and sanitizing
Texas Launches Interactive Test Collection Map
The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services have launched a new online COVID-19 test collection map. The interactive map searches for detailed information on public and private, walk-in and drive-through test collection sites based on the user's input information.
More than 340 test sites are on the map, and additional locations will be added as they are set up.
Tarrant County Reports 3 Deaths, 147 New Cases
Tarrant County Public Health is reporting the deaths of three Fort Worth men from COVID-19. Two men were in their 60s; one man was in his 80s. The county's website lists 147 new cases.
Dallas County Reports 71 More Cases, 5 More Deaths
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 71 additional cases of COVID-19. Five additional deaths are reported today as well. They are:
A Garland man in his 70s and had been critically ill in an area hospital. A Dallas woman in her 80s who was in a long-term care facility and had been critically ill in an area hospital. A Dallas man in his 80s who was in a long-term care facility and had been critically ill in an area hospital. A Dallas woman in her 90s who was in a long-term care facility and had been critically ill in an area hospital. Another Dallas woman in her 90s who was in a long-term care facility and had been hospitalized in an area hospital.
Collin County Reports 2 Nursing Home Deaths, 30 New Cases
Two elderly women with underlying conditions died in a McKinney nursing home from COVID-19. One woman, 85, died Thursday evening. A 95-year-old woman died Friday morning at the same facility.
Collin County Public Health is reporting 30 new cases of COVID-19.
Free Community COVID-19 Testing Sites To Open In Tarrant County
Free community testing sites are expected to open across Tarrant County, thanks to a partnership among the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
According to the city of Fort Worth's website, only one location so far in Fort Worth is open to the public for virtual screening and drive-through testing. Another location in Arlington is expected to open as well.
Beginning Sunday, April 26, specific locations and appointment information will be available on the city of Fort Worth's website.
Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19's Spread In North Texas