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» COVID-19 totals:
In Texas: More than 24,100 cases and 638 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.
Texas Tops 24,000 Cases, 630 Deaths
As of Sunday morning, there have been over 24,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, and at least 638 people in the state with the virus have died. More than 6,100 of Texas’ cases and at least 169 deaths are in North Texas.
There have been almost 940,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and nearly 54,000 deaths related to the disease.
Rockwall County Reports 1st Death
Officials say a resident of a long-term care facility in Rockwall County has died, becoming the county’s first reported death related to the coronavirus.
According to local NBC affiliate KXAS, the individual was a resident of Broadmoor Medical Lodge, where six residents and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.
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.
Read More: A Timeline Of COVID-19’s Spread In North Texas