COVID-19 Live Updates: Texas Reopens Most State Parks

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 19,410 cases and 500 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.

Arlington ISD Closes Meal Pick-Up Location After Worker Contracts COVID-19

The Arlington school district has closed one of its 24 meal distribution centers after a food service worker contracted COVID-19.

A district release said the employee prepared meals at Swift Elementary School, but did not make direct contact with families picking up meals curbside.

The district said the closure won’t cause interruptions to other meal distribution centers.

Those who picked up meals at Swift Elementary School are advised to visit another location.

Texas Reopens Most State Parks Monday

Most state parks reopen today – but with changes.

Day trips only – no overnight camping is allowed. You also can’t pay fees at the parks. All reservations have to be made in advance and purchased online.

Face coverings are now required at state parks, and groups larger than five can’t gather.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo yesterday said two popular state parks in the El Paso area won’t open today when others do.

El Paso’s exceptions hint that future openings of government services and businesses will be fraught with stipulations based on local conditions.

While the parks were closed, staffers were working on landscaping, deep cleaning, painting and inventory.

Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies Coming This Weekend

Amid COVID-19 limits on bricks and mortar shopping, there’s a sales tax holiday weekend coming.

Saturday, April 25 through Monday, April 27, Texans can save money on emergency supplies such as household batteries, flashlights, first aid kits and fuel containers that cost less than $75.

The Texas Comptroller’s website says the measure is intended to help Texans prepare for events like hurricanes and turbulent spring storms.

The department also has a full list of eligible items.

Tarrant County Reports 39th Death

North Texas’ four largest counties now have more than 4,700 cases of COVID-19.

Tarrant County on Sunday reported its 39th death related to COVID-19. The resident, a Fort Worth woman in her 50s, had underlying health conditions, officials said. The county also reported 13 new cases, bringing the countywide total to 1,242.

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 104 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 2,428.

Collin County reported five new cases for a countywide total of 527.

Denton County on Sunday announced one new case for a countywide total of 593.

“The low number of cases DCPH is reporting this Saturday and Sunday are likely due to a database update slowing our receipt of new cases, along with little backlog of cases for DCPH to report,” Dr. Matt Richardson, director of Denton County Public Health, said in a statement.  “We anticipate any positive cases not provided to us from Saturday through early this next week will be promptly added after the update, which may result in higher numbers later this week.”

Across Texas, there were more than 19,000 cases and 490 deaths as of Sunday night.

Report: Neiman Marcus Prepares To Declare Bankruptcy

Neiman Marcus Group, one of Texas’ iconic retail brands, is preparing to declare bankruptcy due to economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, sources told Reuters.

Its flagship company, Dallas-based Neiman Marcus, would be the first major U.S. department store to suffer an economic blow of this magnitude during the pandemic. The move comes after NMG was forced to temporarily close all 43 Neiman Marcus locations, about two dozen Last Call stores and its two Bergdorf Goodman stores in New York. It had already furloughed some of its 14,000 employees. –Texas Tribune

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

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