COVID-19 Timeline | KERA News

COVID-19 Timeline

Credit National Institutes of Health / Via Associated Press

KERA News has been tracking how COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is affecting North Texas. Get the latest news from our COVID-19 Live Updates page. Here's what's been happening day-to-day:

Voting site at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Fort Worth.
Keren Carrión / KERA News

Gov. Abbott issued a proclamation this week, extending early voting by six days for the November 3 election. Early voting will begin on October 13 and continue through October 30.

A sign directing drivers is placed near the entrance of a coronavirus test location in Dallas.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

This week marked the first pre-teen death in Dallas county with that of a 5-year-old boy. County Judge Clay Jenkins said the boy's death is part of a “sharp uptick in children getting COVID.”

More than half of  the nearly 1,800 inmates at the federal prison at Seagoville in Dallas County have COVID-19.
Federal Bureau Of Prisons

The federal prison at Seagoville in Dallas County houses about 1,800 people. More than half of them — 949 — have COVID-19, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Twelve staff members have also tested positive, though four have recovered. Mass testing began there at the end of June.

An electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Associated Press

Texas parents could get more schooling choices for their kids next month. The Texas Education Agency announced school-year guidelines today, and they include a combination of on-campus instruction and remote learning.

Person submitting swab at coronavirus testing facility.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

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
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

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.
LM Otero / Associated Press

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. 

Saleswoman checks out a woman customer at a local store.
LM Otero / The Associated Press

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.

Fort Worth ISD

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.

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.

Dallas City Hall

This week total positive cases and deaths continue to climb in North Texas, plus salons and barber shops across the started to reopen Friday.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

An electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Associated Press

This week, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas reached over 2,000.

Health care workers at Dallas drive-thru clinic
Smiley N. Pool / The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press

This week, Dallas opened two drive-through testing sites. People are eligible for testing if they have a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and are either older than 65, a DART bus driver, a first responder or a healthcare worker.

Denton old town square

This week, Denton and Collin Counties reported their first COVID-19 cases, and customs lines at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport stretched on for hours.