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How COVID-19 Is Affecting North Texas: A Special Report From KERA News

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Allison V. Smith
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For KERA News
Construction crews, like this one on Fort Worth Avenue in West Dallas, are part of the industries considered essential under Dallas County's shelter-in-place order.

From the airports and other businesses to colleges and schools, the coronavirus outbreak is affecting North Texas.

Dallas County on Wednesday reported 78 new cases of COVID-19; that marks the biggest one-day increase of cases in the county. And it brings the county's total to 247. A sixth county resident has died from COVID-19 -- a Garland woman in her 80s. She had been hospitalized and did not have high-risk chronic health conditions.

Elsewhere in North Texas, Tarrant County on Wednesday reported nearly 20 new cases, for a total of 90. And Denton County announced 19 new cases, for a total of  70. Collin County has more than 50 cases.

Statewide, Texas health officials report about 1,000 cases and at least 12 deaths. They say more than 13,000 people have been tested.

Click on the audio above to listen to coverage of COVID-19 in Texas from the KERA News team.

  • Hours-long coronavirus screening lines at a packed Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport: You probably remember the pictures, which went viral on social media earlier this month. Impending travel restrictions had Americans abroad rushing back to the States -- only to end up packed in close quarters at U.S. Customs. One of the people who spent hours in line there says she has tested positive for the coronavirus. Hear her story.