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From Prisons To Janitors To Neighborhoods, How Coronavirus Is Affecting Texas

Ross D. Franklin
Associated Press
The Maricopa County Estrella Jail location is shown in March in Phoenix. Due to the coronavirus, some Arizona sheriffs are calling for the release of certain offenders from jail.

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting Texas from life inside a federal prison to janitors concerned about their working conditions.

Health officials in Dallas County on Friday reported 105 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the total count to more than 1,500.

The county also announced three more residents have died, including a woman in her 90s who lived at a long-term care facility in Dallas. Two Dallas men in their 80s also died. Countywide, 25 people had died as of Friday.

Tarrant County reported its 21st death. The Lakeside man was in his 80s and had underlying health conditions. The county reported 68 new cases for a total of more than 700.

Elsewhere in North Texas, Collin County announced its seventh death -- a 90-year-old McKinney man. Denton County reported its 10th death – a Lewisville man in his 60s.

Collin and Denton Counties each have more than 400 confirmed cases.

Across Texas, the number of people with COVID-19 has topped 12,000. More than 240 people have died.

Coronavirus and prisons: Across the U.S., all 146,000 people locked up in federal prisons are living life under a two-week lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus. More than 400 inmates and workers across the federal prison system have tested positive. Eight have died. We take a look at how the lockdown has affected a prison in Fort Worth.

Coronavirus and janitors: Among those on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak: janitors and cleaners. They’re tasked with cleaning and decontaminating, and worker advocates say they often don’t have proper protective gear. Some workers in Texas are having to make tough decisions.

Coronavirus and neighborhoods: The coronavirus -- and the stay-at-home orders enacted to stop it -- have changed almost every aspect of daily life. One that you might not notice -- unless you’re looking -- is the recent appearance of stuffed animals. They're crowding the windows of homes across North Texas and the country. It’s part of a game for families stuck at home that some are calling a bear hunt.