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People wait in line at a free COVID-19 testing site provided by United Memorial Medical Center, Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Mexican Consulate, in Houston.
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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. 

Person submitting swab at coronavirus testing facility.
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to surge in North Texas. “Today we have our highest number of reported cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County," said Judge Clay Jenkins. "This weekend for the first time, our weekend reporting numbers went up.

Texas State Capitol
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On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered bars that receive 50% of their income from alcohol sales to close. This move comes after Abbott stopped the state’s reopening  and suspended elective surgeries in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties amid surging COVID-19 cases. 

Amid COVID-19 concerns, a fast food worker wears a mask and Easter bunny ears as he works at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Dallas.
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As the Texas economy reopens and restrictions are lifted, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Dallas County is increasing. The COVID-19 forecasting model predicts a steady rise in Dallas County cases past the end of June.

Registered nurse Patrick LaFontaine poses for a photo after helping set up a COVID-19 testing station for pre-screened pediatric patients outside a Children's Health PM Urgent Care facility in Richardson, Texas.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

As Texas moves forward with a new phase of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan for reopening businesses, the daily number of confirmed coronavirus casesand hospitalizations is on a steady, upward trend. 

The Confederate War Memorial in Pioneer Park has been fenced off in light of recent protests.
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The city of Dallas' request to immediately remove the Confederate War Memorial from Pioneer Park has been granted by the 5th Court of Appeals. But just when that will happen is unknown.

Saleswoman checks out a woman customer at a local store.
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Gov. Greg Abbott announced the third phase Texas’ reopening plan Wednesday. Effective immediately, almost all businesses in the state can operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Plus, Dallas County saw a week of record high daily new COVID-19 cases.

Ahead of the July 14 runoff election, Democrats MJ Hegar and Texas State Sen. Royce West debated in Austin Saturday evening.

A group gathered outside Dallas City Hall while Gov. Greg Abbott met with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
Bret Jaspers / KERA News

Tuesday afternoon, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson expanded the area of the city that will be under curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The curfew includes downtown, the Farmers Markets and the neighborhoods of Deep Ellum, Cedars, Uptown, Victory Park, Trinity Groves and the West Village. 

Artist Theo Ponchaveli works on a mural of George Floyd in Dallas on Friday.
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Listen to KERA News Monday at 7 p.m. for a two-hour, national conversation about racism and the election.

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Several North Texas community and religious leaders gathered Saturday for a virtual conversation in light of protests across the country following the killings of black Americans by police officers.

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Gov. Greg Abbott says he believes Texas schools will be ready to repoen in August. But in this era of COVID-19, education leaders are already worried state funding for education may fall, after drastic drops in revenue.

A woman battles with her umbrella during a heavy storm in Arlington in June 2015.
Associated Press

Thunderstorms across North Texas are expected to build into a near-continuous line of storms, producing flooding, hail and damaging wind gusts, especially west of Interstate 35.

Kim Finch
Dylan Hollingsworth / For KERA News

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced his next wave of reopenings designed to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, saying child care facilities can reopen immediately, bars can open Friday with limited capacity and sporting events can return without fans at the end of the month.

The Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth
Bill Janscha / Associated Press

Tarrant County reported a large jump in new COVID-19 cases at the beginning of the week. Officials confirmed that 423 of those cases were among male inmates at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth.

Federal Medical Center Fort Worth
Bureau of Prisons

Tarrant County reported 485 new COVID-19 cases Sunday. Officials have confirmed that 423 of those cases are among male inmates at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting Texas -- from concerns about a rise in child abuse to people who are trying to find health insurance after losing a job.

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Big parts of North Texas got a show today. And to see it, all you had to do was look up.

three men at patio table
Allison V. Smith / For KERA News

Per Gov. Greg Abbott's plan retailers and restaurants began reopening Friday, May 1.

El Fenix employee Carolina Lopez looks out the front door for customers.
Allison V. Smith / For KERA

Texas began reopening Friday with restaurant patrons gravitating toward patios and sparsely filled shopping malls. Photographer Allison V. Smith and KERA News reporter Bill Zeeble spent the day documenting how North Texans are getting out and about.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, located in the Texas Panhandle
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Most state parks reopened Monday — 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.

LM Otero / Associated Press

Dallas County’s stay-at-home order has been extended until May 15.

Dallas County Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday. Judge Clay Jenkins and commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia voted in favor. Commissioners J.J. Koch and John Wiley Price voted against.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is joined by state and city officials as he gives an update on the coronavirus outbreak on March 16.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday issued a series of Executive Orders to gradually reopen the state’s economy. 

The first of his orders creates the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, which will include officials and medical professionals who will provide recommendations to Abbott. 

LM Otero / Associated Press

This week, Dallas ISD announced it's unlikely schools will reopen this spring, and Texas State Troopers began screening travelers from Louisiana. 

Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting Texas from life inside a federal prison to janitors concerned about their working conditions.

LM Otero / Associated Press

This week, Dallas and Tarrant Counties extended their Stay-At-Home emergency orders through April 30. Here's a timeline of how the coronarvirus has been affecting North Texas this week.

LM Otero / Associated Press

The coronavirus outbreak is having a growing impact on Texas, from local hospitals preparing for more cases to concerns about COVID-19 spreading in jails and prisons.


KERA, the public media service for North Texas, has revamped its weekday television schedule to serve pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students who are learning at home during the COVID-19 crisis.


The coronavirus outbreak is affecting Texas: from efforts to help refugees in Dallas to postponed immigration court cases for asylum seekers. And Texas companies are changing their operations to make hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment.

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The latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting Texas: from potential help for Dallas businesses to North Texas athletes to funerals.