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:

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

This week Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced the state sales tax revenue totaled $2.61 billion in May - a 13.2% drop from last May. The downturn is the steepest year-over-year decline since January 2010.

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.