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COVID-19 Live Updates: Tarrant County Adds 444 Cases, A New One-Day Record

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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. 

Sunday, June 21

Tarrant County Reports 444 New Cases, A Single-Day Record

The county's 444 reported new cases brings its accumulative total to 8,955. It's the highest one-day total in Tarrant County since the pandemic began. 

Dallas County Adds 408 Additional Positive Cases

Dallas County added 408 additional cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number — recovered, active and deaths — to 16,845. One death, a woman in her 60s in the city of Dallas, was reported, bringing the death total to 314.

Dallas County Health and Human Services also announced that since June 1, almost half of all cases in the county have been young adults between the ages of 18 to 39. Other stats reported by the county include:

• Of cases requiring hospitalization, over 80% have been critical infrastructure workers.
• More than two-thirds of those cases have been under 65 years of age.
• About half have no high-risk chronic health conditions.
• The age-adjusted rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases in non-hospitalized patients have been highest among Latinos.

Denton County Adds 50 New Cases To Total

Denton County announced 50 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing its cumulative total to 2,163.

This Tuesday, June 23, Denton County Public Health will provide free drive-through testing. Details:

Location: University of North Texas' Union Circle Parking Garage, 350 S. Welch St., in Denton.
Time: 8 a.m. to noon.
Who's eligible: Those who've had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past seven days, essential employees, people 60 years and older or people who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

You must pre-register by calling 940-349-2585.

Collin County Reports 34 New Cases

The new 34 cases brings the county's accumulative total to 2,223. Over 100 people are hospitalized. The death total remains at 38.

Saturday, June 20

Tarrant County Reports 180 Additional Cases 

Tarrant County Public Health announced 180 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in the county to 8,511. 

There have been 208 COVID-19-related deaths in the county. 

59 New Cases In Denton County 

Denton County Public Health announced 59 additional cases, raising the total case count in the county to 2,113.

Public health officials also reported 21 newly recovered cases of COVID-19.

Collin County Reports 125 Additional Cases

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced 125 new cases, bringing the total case count in Collin County to 2,189. 

There have been 38 COVID-19-related deaths in the county. 

395 New Cases In Dallas County 

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 395 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in the county to 16,437. 

The two additional deaths reported today include: 

  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He expired in the facility.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.

Texas Childcare Centers See Sharp Increase In Coronavirus Cases After Months Of Relative Calm

Laura and Nathan Tate kept their 2-year-old son, Cameron, home for months during the pandemic. But when three of their restaurants reopened, they felt safe sending him back to their daycare in Rockwall because the facility was taking safety precautions and was coronavirus-free.

But after Cameron recently developed a fever, the couple rushed him to the ER. On June 13, less than a week after returning him to Primrose Daycare, the center told the Tates that a staff member — one whom Cameron had interacted with — had tested positive for coronavirus. They panicked, wondering about their son’s health and how many people might potentially, and unknowingly, have been exposed to coronavirus if their son tested positive for the disease.

“It just started like a domino effect,” Laura said. “You just start putting together all the pieces of what could be happening.”

Cameron, now 3, tested negative for COVID-19 and positive for strep throat. Other children and staff at his daycare and centers throughout the state tested positive for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus cases in Texas have surged, and childcare centers are no exception. As of Friday, 410 total cases of coronavirus — 267 staff members and 143 children — had been reported at 318 licensed child care operations across the state, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. That’s a sharp increase from the 339 cases the agency reported Thursday and the 210 it shared with KVUE-TV in Austin on Monday.

Read the full story by the Dallas Morning News.

Friday, June 19

394 New Cases, 4 More Deaths In Dallas County

Dallas County is reporting 394 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 16,042, including 311 deaths. 

The additional 4 deaths being reported today include:

  • A man in his 30s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Farmers Branch. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.

Overall 60% of overall COVID-19 cases to date have been Hispanic.

Of cases requiring hospitalization, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age, and about half do not have any high-risk chronic health conditions. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

Of the 311 total deaths reported to date, over a third have been associated with long-term care facilities.

Tarrant County Reporting 232 New Cases, 2 More Deaths

Tarrant County is reporting 232 new COVID-19 cases today. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 8,331, including 207 Deaths.

According to data released by county health officials, 3,691 have recovered. 

Denton County Reports 74 New Cases

Denton County health officials are reporting 74 new cases of COVID-19 today. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 2,054 confirmed cases, including 36 deaths. 

According to data released by county health officials, 1,028 people have recovered. 

County health officials are offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing Tuesday at the University of North Texas’ Union Circle Parking Garage at 350 S. Welch Street from 8 a.m. to noon. Eligible community members are those who have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 7 days, essential employees, individuals 60 years and older, and individuals who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. All community members must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585.

42 New Cases In Collin County

There are 42 new COVID-19 cases in Collin County today, bringing the total number of cases conuty wide to 2,064, including 38 deaths.

According to data released by the state, 1,324 people in the county have recovered. 

Thursday, June 18

Tarrant County Reported 277 Additional Cases 

Tarrant County Public Health announced 277 new cases in the county, raising the total case count in the county to 8,099. 

There have been 205 deaths related to COVID-19 in the county. 

60 New Cases In Collin County 

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 60 new cases in Collin County, bringing the total case count in the county to 2,026. 

There have been 38 COVID-19-related deaths in the county. 

Denton County Announces 87 Additional Cases 

Denton County Public Health reported 87 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total case count in the county to 1,980. 

Public officials also reported 32 newly recovered cases of COVID-19. 

392 New Cases, 5 Deaths In Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 392 additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total case count in the county to 15,648. 

The additional 5 deaths reported today: 

  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • An man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Carrollton. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s man who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. He expired in the facility, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.

Hit Hard By COVID-19 Cutbacks, The Dallas Opera’s Still A Big Deal – On Facebook

Battered financially by the pandemic, the Dallas Opera shut down one show, postponed its entire season until next March. It’s laid off staff members, made others part-time. But surprisingly, right now, the Dallas Opera is killing it — online. And with material you might not expect.

To give an idea of how big the Dallas Opera is on social media: The Metropolitan Opera in New York is one of the largest performing arts organizations in the world — the peak of American opera. In a recent week, the Met put up 21 posts on Facebook, many of them live-streamed, fully staged operas. They’re very expensive productions to stage, and expensive to stream. That week, the Met received around 150,000 total engagements. ‘Engagements’ means people who viewed, commented on or shared the posts.

That same week, the Dallas Opera put up 20 posts and got 370,000 engagements — more than twice the Met. In fact, the only opera company in the world that out-polled Dallas was the Royal Opera House in London — with 28 posts, it was up in the stratosphere with more than 780,000 engagements.

Read the full story from Art&Seek's Jerome Weeks

4 People At Collin County Jail Test Positive

The Collin County sheriff announced Wednesday that four people at the county jail have tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first recorded cases at the Collin County Detention Facility.

The cases include three jail staffers and one person incarcerated at the jail. That person is being treated in an isolated infirmary cell, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say they are increasing testing of inmates and jail workers.

According to the Texas Jail Standards Commission, as of Tuesday, there were more than 550 people locked up in county jails and more than a hundred jail employees statewide who had confirmed, active cases of COVID-19. Five people have died from the disease while in jail.

Jails in Dallas, Tarrant, Parker Grayson, Fannin and Smith counties all reported active cases of COVID-19. A spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff's Office said they currently have no active cases in the jail.

Dallas Symphony Announces Pay Cuts, Furloughs

The Dallas Symphony's announced salary reductions and furloughs for administrative staff.

The Dallas Morning News reports the pay cuts, effective July 6, will range from 2.5% to 12.5%. The symphony's CEP will take a 25% pay cut.

There will be 16 staff positions will be furloughed. Symphony officials say hope that will last no more than six months. Those furloughed get to keep their medical coverage.

The cuts do not affect musicians.

The symphony's had to cancel concerts since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Income's fallen by four million dollars.

Student Athletes Test Positive At 9 North Texas Schools

At least nine North Texas schools have seen cases of COVID-19 pop-up amongst student athletes.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports one is Southlake Carroll, which has closed part of it's summer conditioning program.

However, outdoor workouts for all high school and middle school sports will continue at Carroll Senior High School.

At least eight other Dallas-Fort Worth area schools have also shut down summer workouts because of positive COVID-19 tests. Those include Arlington Martin, Plano, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Burleson, Denton, Braswell, Sanger and Krum.

5 SMU Student Athletes Test Positive

Five Southern Methodist University student-athletes are in solation after testing positive for coronavirus.

Additional student-athletes have been quarantined via the school’s contact tracing program.

They were all among 75 student-athletes tested in the first wave of returns Monday.

Athletic director Rick Hart told The Dallas Morning News everyone who tested positive was asymptomatic. They and the players quarantined after contact tracing will be monitored daily.

State Fair Still Up In The Air

No word yet on whether the State Fair of Texas will open in September.

A statement from organizers said they’ll decide by late next month whether to open the fair for its 24-day run.

Organizers said health and safety's the top priority. So if the fair does go on as planned, "that might mean limited attendance, health screenings and pre-purchased tickets."

Last year's state fair drew more than 2.5 million people during a near month-long run, with more than 200,000 people on some peak days.

Wednesday, June 17

Dallas County Reports Record-Breaking 413 New Cases 

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 413 additional cases of COVID-19, raising the total case count in the county to 15,256. Wednesday's case count is a single-day record for the county and the first time the county has reported more than 400 cases in a day.

Meanwhile, officials say 17 cases of COVID-19 in children and staff have been reported over the past week -- and those come from nine childcare facilities across the county. There have also been reports of illness among family members of the children.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says he's concerned about the increase in hospitalizations in the county in recent weeks. He says if hospitalizations continue to rise, more people will get sick and die.

Officials on Wednesday also reported nine additional deaths -- the county has now recorded more than 300 deaths. Over one-third of the deaths so far are associated with long-term care facilities.

The nine deaths include:

  • A man in his 40s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. He had been hospitalized, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. She expired in hospice care, and had underlying high risk health conditions. 

101 Additional Cases In Collin County 

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 101 new cases in Collin County, raising the total case count in the county to 1,967. 

According to public health officials, 1,315 people in the county have recovered from the virus. 

Tarrant County Report 180 New Cases 

Tarrant County Public Health announced 180 additional cases, bringing the total case count in the county to 7,822. 

There have been 199 COVID-19-related deaths in the county. 

82 New Cases In Denton County 

Denton County Public Health reported 82 additional cases of COVID-19, raising the total case count in the county to 1,893. 

County officials also reported 14 newly recovered cases of COVID-19.

Fort Worth ISD Announces 'In-Person' And 'Virtual Learning' Options For The New School Year 

The Fort Worth Independent School District will offer parents two options for the 2020-21 school year: in-person instruction or virtual learning.

When school begins on August 17, parents may either send their students to campus or participate in an online learning environment. They will first make the decision starting July 1 when online enrollment begins.

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said school in the fall will look very different than spring. 

“All Fort Worth ISD teachers will report to work at a school,” Scribner said. “Whether they are teaching in-person or online — or both — they will do so from a classroom setting and engage over the course of a usual school day.”

According to the press release, the online learning experience will also be more “robust” with higher expectations for educators and students.

Abbott Says 'No Reason Today To Be Alarmed' As Coronavirus Cases Set Record

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday the state's highest-ever number of new COVID-19 cases: 2,622.

He also reported a second record high: 2,518 people hospitalized with the virus in Texas, up from 2,326 a day earlier.

Despite the concerning uptick in people sick with the virus, Abbott said that the reason for his news conference was to let Texans know about the "abundant" hospital capacity for treating people with COVID-19. He and other officials spent much of the briefing touting the state's hospital bed availability.

Read the full story from KUT News.

Arlington gets $3M For Homeless Services, Resident Assistance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Arlington will receive $3 million in federal funding to support homelessness services through the CARES Act.

The Dallas Morning News reports the money will also provide assistance to those at risk of losing their home because of financial hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will allocate a total of $174 million to cities across Texas to fund existing and new emergency shelter. It can also be used get hotel rooms for or rehouse homeless individuals.

Arlington tenants can apply for assistance at ArlingtonTX.gov.

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

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