Live COVID-19 updates: Hunt County confirms first death, at least 85 reported across North Texas

Hunt County health officials have reported the first death from COVID-19, a woman between 31 and 49 with “underlying medical issues.” 

Officials said the woman was the 18th positive case of the coronavirus in Hunt County. 

She had been hospitalized in critical care at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville when she died, health officials said. 

At least 85 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have died from the disease. 

Officials in Dallas County on Sunday announced four more people had died from COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 31 deaths since the outbreak began. The county by far leads North Texas in the number of confirmed cases, with 1,723 reported. 

But while Tarrant County has seen about half as many cases at 806, it’s also had a high number of deaths from the disease: at least 25 of its residents have died after testing positive for the new coronavirus. 

RELATED: MAP: These are the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has reported almost 4,000 cases of the coronavirus.

Top updates for Monday, April 13:

AT&T offers 3 months free to nurses and doctors

Nurses and physicians can now get three months free on AT&T’s FirstNet Mobile– Responder plan, company officials announced Sunday. 

Those already on the plan will automatically receive a 3-month service credit for their service line. 

Those who are not currently members of the plan are also now eligible for the plan, which gives them priority access to the network. They can also get a $200 activation credit when getting a new smartphone on a new plan, company officials said. 

“The COVID-19 health crisis illustrates precisely why public safety fought for the creation of FirstNet, the only nationwide high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders,” a news release said. 

For more information or to sign up, click here.

Fort Worth ISD moving to twice-weekly meal distribution

Fort Worth ISD will move from daily meal distributions to twice weekly for families picking up meals for their children while the schools remain closed. 

Pickups will be on Mondays and Thursday and each child will receive six meals at a time, with district officials saying it will help them better practice social distancing and better maximize everyone’s time. 

Students will be on holiday on Monday, April 13, so the first pickup will be on Tuesday, April 14 before the district moves to every Monday and Thursday. 

Gov. Abbott to announce ‘small business initiative’

The governor is expected to announce a new initiative for Texas businesses on Monday at 11:30 a.m. 

Janie Barrera, the president and CEO of LiftFund, and John Waldron, the president and COO of Goldman Sachs, will join him via Zoom to make the announcement. 

Officials have not offered further clarity, other than that it is regarding a small business initiative in the state. 

WFAA will live stream the announcement here at 11:30 a.m. 

Health experts recommend taking the following actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Practice “social distancing” and stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid large public gatheringsAvoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the U.S.

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