4 More Deaths Reported, 103 Total Recoveries – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County officials on Tuesday ruled out the marginal possibility of ending home stay orders before the end of April, citing the success with restrictions that are slowing the spread of the virus.

District Judge Glen Whitley said he now expected it could be the first or second week of May before the rules loosened.

District judges and mayors across the area have recorded phone calls about the process, Whitley said, and it’s possible medical leaders could have some recommendations this week.

Tarrant County’s health officials announced Tuesday that four more people had died from the coronavirus, bringing the total death toll to 29.

Officials said death was one man in their seventies and two men and one woman in their eighties. All four were Fort Worth residents and had health problems.

While the county reported that there are now a total of 29 deaths from COVID-19, officials said 103 patients have recovered from the virus. As of Monday, there were a total of 876 confirmed cases.

“We are saddened by every death that occurs from this virus,” said Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County director of public health. “Our best hope of saving lives in the future is to persevere. Keep following the guidelines and we’ll stand out stronger than before. “

During a county commissioner meeting Tuesday, Taneja pointed out projections that showed a much lower peak in the county but might not arrive until June. He continued to promote the current restrictions.

Sheriff Bill Waybourn told district leaders that the prison could expect population growth of up to 400 inmates over the next few weeks. That’s after the Texas Department of Justice stopped accepting new inmates while trying to stop the virus from spreading inside its facilities.

Tarrant County had its first two positive tests among inmates this past weekend. Waybourn said one of the pair has been in jail since December and is still unsure of how the virus was transmitted.

Tarrant County remains in the order of residence that was recently extended to the end of April. Residents are instructed to stay in their homes unless they have to leave for important activities such as grocery shopping, medical reasons, or jobs that are still open.

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