From immigration to business to mental health, the coronavirus is affecting North Texas.
More than 300 people are now confirmed to have COVID-19 in Dallas County. Officials reported 56 new cases Thursday. The county is also reporting its seventh death -- a Dallas woman in her 90s. Denton County is reporting a total of 83 cases, including the county's first death -- a Lewisville man in his 40s. Meanwhile, Tarrant County is reporting 100 total cases and Collin County says it has 66. Across Texas, state health officials report about 1,400 cases.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced a new executive order that requires airport travelers flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Click on the audio above to listen to coverage of COVID-19 in Texas from the KERA News team.
- Coronavirus and immigration: More than 38,000 people are detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Medical experts say they’re being held in facilities that are tinderboxes for a coronavirus outbreak. Now, many are calling for them to be released.
- Coronavirus and business: Last October, when tornadoes ripped through Dallas, a toy store lost its roof, and half its inventory. Rebuilding would take it down to the studs, so owners scrambled to find a temporary location and re-launched before the holidays. The threat of coronavirus means the store is now shuttered again -- for the second time in six months.
- Coronavirus and mental health: Many people are on edge these days. The question is: What can we do about it? Recently on Think, KERA's Krys Boyd spoke with Dr. Ahmad Raza, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, about how we can protect our mental health and help others who are struggling.