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TARRANT COUNTY EXTENDS STAY-HOME ORDER; COMMUNITY SPREAD PREVENTS IN-PERSON WORSHIP

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley on Friday modified elements of a disaster order related to the novel coronavirus.
The new order extends the county’s disaster declaration and stay-at-home decree to April 30. The previous order was to end on Tuesday.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley on Friday modified elements of a disaster order related to the novel coronavirus.
The new order extends the county’s disaster declaration and stay-at-home decree to April 30. The previous order was to end on Tuesday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a statewide edict that sparked confusion with local governments that had already enacted orders. Whitley said the updated Tarrant County order clarifies differences between local and state mandates.

DALLAS COUNTY EXTENDS STAY-AT-HOME ORDER WHILE WORRY GROWS ABOUT ITS ECONOMIC HEALTH

An order issued Friday by the Dallas County Commissioners Court has extended the county’s stay-at-home order until April 30.
An earlier Dallas “Stay Home Stay Safe” order, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and was scheduled to expire April 3, instructed residents to avoid all nonessential outings and stay inside as much as possible.
There was some concern expressed by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price about whether business owners and others could sustain themselves for the additional days. Price said entrepreneurs and others in his community are living hand-to-mouth and were dying on the vine because their businesses have been declared nonessential.

Commissioners said they were concerned about how the city could help people maintain their businesses and their households during the stay-at-home extension with little or no income.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said county officials were looking into ways where state and federal aid that was available could be expedited or whether alternatives to the services provided by businesses now closed could be provided to people in other ways.

To stop coronavirus spread, Jenkins said, the court needed to side with science to limit the movement of people as much as possible.
“We are working with the healthcare community and the business community to get to the best way to save as many lives as possible,” Jenkins said. “But the guiding star has to be to do as much as possible to allow our healthcare community to keep as many people alive as possible.”

TARRANT COUNTY CONFIRMS SEVENTH CORONAVIRUS DEATH, 58 NEW PATIENTS

A seventh Tarrant County resident has died from coronavirus-related issues, health officials confirmed.
No details were released besides the deceased being an adult Fort Worth resident.

“We express our deepest sympathy to the family, and this is a somber reminder for everyone that we are seeing a ramp up in disease activity in our community,” Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said in a release.
The county also announced 58 new COVID-19 cases Friday for a total of 383, including 23 recovered patients.

DALLAS COUNTY ADDS 90 MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES AS TOTAL REACHES 921

Dallas County confirmed 90 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the total to 921, including 17 deaths, across 22 cities.
More than 57% of the patients (533) are Dallas residents. Garland has the second-most cases with 69, and Irving has 56.
Among the total cases, 290 were hospitalized, 89 have been admitted to intensive care and 56 received mechanical ventilation. For the second consecutive week, the number of COVID-19 patients receiving ICU treatment exceeded the peak number of ICU patients from influenza during the 2019-20 season in the county.
The county extended its stay-at-home order until April 30 on Friday morning.

LEWISVILLE NURSING HOME RESIDENT SIXTH CORONAVIRUS DEATH IN DENTON COUNTY

A Lewisville nursing home resident in her 70s is the sixth confirmed coronavirus-related death in Denton County, officials reported Friday.

The woman had been hospitalized after locally contracting COVID-19. Nineteen new cases were reported to increase the total to 273. No new positive tests were reported at the Denton State Supported Living Center, where 73 residents and staff have been infected.

ANNA WOMAN, 41, IS SECOND CORONAVIRUS-RELATED DEATH IN COLLIN COUNTY

Collin County confirmed its second death and 29 new coronavirus cases on Thursday night.
A 41-year-old Anna woman who had underlying health conditions died at an area hospital.

“All of us at Collin County are saddened at the report of a second COVID-19 death within our community,” County Judge Chris Hill said. “To her family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
There have been a total of 256 cases, including 91 recoveries in Collin County. Twenty-seven patients have been hospitalized. The first COVID-19-related death was reported two weeks in Plano.

JOHNSON COUNTY ADDS 3 CORONAVIRUS CASES, INCLUDING FIRST IN JOSHUA; BURLESON TIGHTENS RULES

Johnson County on Friday confirmed three more coronavirus cases for a total of 20, including an 11th patient in Burleson, the first in Joshua and the fourth case in unincorporated Johnson County.

A patient in Mansfield has recovered. Two residences in Burleson have two patients each and one residence in unincorporated Johnson County has two patients.
Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter issued an amended declaration of local disaster and public health emergency effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

The declaration updates his March 25 declaration, including the following:
  • Only one member of a household may obtain necessary services or supplies unless there is no guardian or caregiver available to care for other members of the household who require supervision or assistance. In the previous declaration this was strongly recommended, but not required.
  • Churches and houses of worship must, if possible, conduct their activities from home or through remote audio or video services. If churches and houses of worship cannot conduct activities remotely, federal and CDC guidelines must be followed.
  • Use of city playground structures, basketball courts, or any park amenity or property closed by the city is prohibited.
  • The city manager may close any playground structures, basketball courts, park amenity, or park property the city deems unsafe for the public.

VACANT GARLAND HOSPITAL DONATED TO NORTH TEXAS VA WILL HELP TREAT CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS

A vacant hospital in Garland will become part of the North Texas VA Health System and will initially be used to treat coronavirus patients.
U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32) announced an agreement has been reached for the donation by Baylor, Scott & White of the 100-bed facility. Officials hope to have it operational within weeks to help with the pandemic and it will eventually serve as an outpatient and specialty care clinic for approximately 184,000 veterans in North Texas.

“We must marshal all the resources we have to beat this virus, and in the near-term, this will help our community as we fight the spread of COVID-19 and provide care for those who need it,” Allred said in a news release. “In the long term, this is a huge victory for our veterans and the city of Garland. I am so proud of our North Texas community as everyone involved has rolled up their sleeves to get this much-needed agreement across the finish line. It will create thousands of jobs, help serve 184,000 veterans and save the VA hundreds of millions of dollars.”

BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL OFFERING DRIVE-THRU CORONAVIRUS TESTING FOR WISE COUNTY-AREA RESIDENTS

Drive-thru testing for the coronavirus is available at Bridgeport Hospital for Wise County and surrounding area residents.
Tests must be scheduled by calling 940-600-4969 and you must meet the screening requirements to schedule a testing appointment.
Among the criteria to be cleared for testing is being a healthcare front-line provider, law enforcement officer or EMS worker who has been exposed or sick. Other criteria include recent international travel or travel to heavily COVID-19-hit areas. If you have symptoms including cough, fever or shortness of breath, or have underlying chronic medical conditions, you also qualify. Patients must be age 2 or older.

If you’ve had close contact with a suspected or confirmed patient, you also meet the criteria.

Bridgeport Hospital is located at 1905 Medical Center Drive, Bridgeport, Texas.

TARRANT COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS BACK TO TAKING NEW CLIENTS AMID CORONAVIRUS

New applicants are again being accepted at SafeHaven of Tarrant County, just days after officials announced they were full and they couldn’t shelter any new domestic violence victims amid the coronavirus pandemic, an official said Friday.

The shelters in Fort Worth and Arlington have had some victims move out in the past few days, opening some more rooms, said SafeHaven President and CEO Kathryn Jacob on Friday..
In addition, four travel trailers arrived Friday at the shelters to be used for extra space, Jacob said.

“The calls are slightly down, but the cases are more violent,” Jacob told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in a telephone interview on Friday.

FORT WORTH AREA NURSES DESCRIBE CONFUSION, MASK SHORTAGES: ‘I’M AFRAID TO GO TO WORK’

Fort Worth area nurses say a lack of transparency, mask shortages and poor communication have created an atmosphere of fear and confusion among health care workers as they prepare for a surge of coronavirus patients.

Over the past week, the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram has spoken with 14 nurses, health care workers and hospital staff who say new CDC recommendations and local protocols go against everything they’ve been taught. Most of these workers spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation by employers who bar them from speaking to the media.

Critical shortages of personal protective equipment have resulted in the Centers for Disease Control downgrading its recommendations for health care workers treating COVID-19 patients. Once, respirators were urged. Now homemade cloth masks are acceptable. Some Fort Worth area hospitals have also mandated that some health care workers wear face masks at all times and use them for up to a week.

“Every day health care workers are being asked to accept personal risk and go beyond their limits of duty,” said Cindy Zolnierek, head of the Texas Nurses Association. “We must protect our nurses and health workers, because if they get sick who’s going to take care of us?”

HOW A TRUCKER PERFORMING AN ESSENTIAL JOB GOT TANGLED IN TEXAS’ SELF-QUARANTINE ORDER

Timothy Miles Bassett moves new trucks across the country, and after completing his most recent delivery in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, he was ready to get back home to his family in Sanger.
As an essential worker in the trucking industry, Bassett is exempt from the U.S.-Canada restrictions barring nonessential travel between the countries due to the novel coronavirus’ spread. He was one of the few people in the nearly empty Winnipeg Richardson International Airport on Monday and the only passenger on his flight from Winnipeg to Minneapolis that afternoon.

It was also in Winnipeg that he learned his second flight from Minneapolis straight back to Dallas was canceled, and Delta placed him on a flight to Atlanta, where we would then fly to Dallas instead.

He was even upgraded to First Class. It was such a surreal experience that he took videos of the nearly empty airports and flights to post to social media and share with family and friends.
But when he walked off the plane late Monday night into the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a line of armed Texas Department of Public Safety officers wearing medical masks was there to meet him.

“I got really scared. Physically nervous. My hands started shaking,” Bassett said. “I thought I was about to be arrested.”
What Bassett didn’t know at the time, was that a proclamation from Gov. Greg Abbott had gone into effect at noon Monday — roughly 10 hours before he landed — requiring travelers returning from 10 locations to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Texas. And one of the cities that had been added Sunday by the governor was Atlanta — the location of the last-minute flight Bassett had been put on.

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