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- What should I know about coronavirus? Get information from the CDC.
- What's been happening locally, statewide and nationally? Check out special coverage from NPR, PBS and the public radio stations in The Texas Newsroom: KERA for North Texas (including quick daily updates below); KUT in Austin; Houston Public Media; Texas Public Radio in San Antonio; and Marfa Public Radio.
- How's coronavirus affecting North Texans on the financial edge? Take an in-depth look at our new series, "One Crisis Away: Coronavirus And Life On The Financial Edge."
- In Texas: More than 38,450 cases and 1,093 deaths have been reported. More than 20,000 Texans have recovered.
- In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 6,123; Tarrant County: 3,745; Collin County: 939; Denton County: 946. There have been at least 297 reported deaths in the region's four largest counties.
- Counties across Texas: Use The Texas Newsroom's interactive maps.
- Global: See Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 dashboard.
Early Runoff Voting Extended
The Governor has doubled the length of the early voting period for the upcoming July 14 primary runoff elections.
Abbott yesterday ordered early voting to begin June 29 instead of July 6. He said the usual early voting window typical for runoff elections “would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the COVID-19 disaster.”
The Texas Tribune reports Abbott previously used his emergency powers under his statewide disaster declaration to delay the primary runoffs from their original date in May.
Dozens of runoffs are ongoing for party nominations to congressional and local offices. The most prominent is the contest between Dallas State Senator Royce West and former Air Force helicopter pilot M.J. Hegar for the Democratic bid to take on Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
Arlington GM Plant Preparing To Restart Production
General Motors is preparing for production to begin May 18 as the company implements safety protocols to protect its workers, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Arlington GM workers have already been working on a volunteer basis. New safety standards dictate that workers maintain six feet of distance, wash and sanitize hands frequently and sanitize their workspaces.
GM said it is eliminating touch points and improving ventilation to prevent air stagnation.
Grand Prairie ISD To Hold Graduations At Globe Life Field
The Grand Prairie ISD Board of Trustees has announced that the district's graduation ceremony will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The ballpark, the district says, will allow guests and graduates to gather under the guidelines set forth by the governor and the Texas Education Agency. More information can be found on the district website.
Dallas County Reports 253 More Cases, 2 Deaths
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 253 additional cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths. This brings the county's total number of cases to 6,123 with 145 deaths.
Tarrant County Reports 50 New Cases, 1 Death
Tarrant County Public Heath is reporting 50 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 death. The deceased is a Keller man in his 90s with underlying health conditions.
This brings the countywide total number of cases to 3,745.
Collin County Reports 21 New Cases, 1 Death
Collin County Public Health is reporting 21 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 death — a Plano woman in her 70s who has underlying health conditions.
This brings the countywide total number of cases to 939.
Denton County Reports 24 New Cases
Denton County Public Health is reporting 24 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the countywide total number of cases to 946.
Fort Worth ISD Planning Virtual, Outdoor Celebrations For Graduates
Fort Worth ISD's virtual graduation ceremonies will take place June 20 for nearly 5,000 seniors. The district is also planning in-person outdoor celebrations that follow guidelines recently issued by the Texas Education Agency.
The outdoor celebrations will take place at either Farrington Field or Clark Stadium and will depend on public health conditions. The events will take place June 23-26.
The online graduations will be an streaming event that will highlight each individual graduate. Technology will allow students to share photos of themselves in cap and gown, as well a personalized video message as they "move the tassel" to indicate their status as new graduates. More information can be found through the Fort Worth ISD.
Dallas Meat Processing Company Reopening After 2-Week Break
Quality Sausage says it's reopening in phases. According to a statement, that started the evening of May 8.
This follows a 14-day pause in production after two employees died of COVID-19 and others tested positive.
During that time, the company says it reviewed its operations and guidance on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Organization. It also says workers were paid while operations were paused.
The company's statement says a medical doctor designed a testing system for employees and advised on safety procedure. A toxicologist and certified industrial hygienist provided additional guidance.
Additional safety protocols will include:
- Educating employees on minimizing transmission of COVID-19
- Adding Plexiglas barriers and 6-foot social distancing markers on the floor
- Ongoing deep cleaning
- Daily screening of all employees and additional testing for COVID-19.
The company hasn't determined when it will resume full operations. It also hasn't released the number of employees who've returned to work — or tested positive for COVID-19.
North Texas Home Sales Hit Hard By Pandemic
North Texas home sales were down 17% from a year ago, the biggest decline in nine years, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Home sales were up 9% in the first three months of the year, but April's decline wiped out most of those gains.
Mobile COVID-19 Testing Coming To Tyler
Free mobile coronavirus testing will be available Tuesday and Wednesday at the East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Historic Oil Bust Delivers A Gut Punch To 1 Texas County
In the endless boom and bust cycle of the oil business, there has never been anything like 2020. The oil patch is reeling from historic low prices. Futures for West Texas Intermediate crude closed at $25 a barrel on Friday, down from more than $60 a barrel at the beginning of the year.
On a normal day in Andrews County, look in any direction and you'll see, stretching to the horizon, the bobbing horseheads of pump jacks sucking up oil from deep in the earth. But these are anything but normal days.
"Right now it's scary, honestly," said Lendon Partain, a well technician in Andrews. He's standing next to an idled pump jack in the mesquite scrubland that overlays what experts consider "a monster oilfield."
Over 400 Inmates At Fort Worth Federal Prison Test Positive
Tarrant County is reporting 485 New COVID-19 cases today. Officials have confirmed that 423 of those cases are among male inmates at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, 619 inmates and one staff member at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth have tested positive for the disease. Four inmates have died. As of today, the facility has the third highest COVID-19 case count of any federal prison.
The prison houses about 1,500 male inmates who need medical or mental health treatment. Visitation has been suspended until further notice.
The Bureau of Prisons says it's now testing inmates who don't show symptoms of COVID-19 to try and slow transmission, and that increased testing is reflected in this spike in positive cases.
A total of 3,695 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Tarrant County, 103 people with the disease have died. Two new deaths were reported today: a Kennedale woman in her 80s and a Bedford man in his 50s. Officials say both had underlying health conditions.
Dallas County Reports 251 Ne Cases; Most Hospitalized Patients Under 65
Dallas County is reporting 251 additional positive cases of COVID-19, and no new deaths. This brings the total case count in Dallas County to 5,870, including 143 deaths.
Older adults and people with severe underlying health conditions seem to be at a higher risk for developing complications from COVID-19, but new numbers from Dallas County show most patients who have needed hospitalization fall into younger age groups.
Two-thirds of Dallas County's hospitalized COVID-19 patients have been under the age of 65, and about half did not have any chronic health conditions. That's according to the latest analysis from Dallas County Health and Human Services, which looks at cases reported through this past Friday.
Among hospitalized patients who reported their employment, about 80% work in some type of critical infrastructure role — from healthcare to transportation to food and agriculture.
Close contact and community transmission continue to be the leading risk factors for COVID-19 across Dallas County. They're tied to more than 80% of cases.
Collin County Reports Death Of McKinney Woman
A 90-year-old McKinney woman with COVID-19 and underlying health conditions died last night at a memory care facility in McKinney, according to county health officials.
Her death marks the 28th death from the disease in Collin County.
There have ben 918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. According to county health officials, 587 people have recovered.
8 New COVID-19 Cases In Denton County
Denton County health officials are reporting 8 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, increasing the cumulative, countywide total to 922 confirmed cases. There have been 25 deaths in the county related to the disease, and officials report 440 people have recovered.
Pandemic Has Created Unprecedented Economic Declines For Texas, According To Fed
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented economic declines for Texas.
Laila Assanie, a senior business economist with the Dallas Fed, says mass layoffs and record unemployment is an obvious indicator of this decline.
“A record 1.6 million Texans filed for unemployment insurance from mid-March through late April, amounting to 11.5 percent of the workforce,” Assanie says.
She notes that layoffs have been widespread across multiple sectors; and that consumer confidence in Texas plunged in April to its lowest level in seven years.
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