Latest in Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth: Governor’s orders allow retail to-go, close schools for remainder of school year
Here are the coronavirus updates you should see this week. (Graphic from Community Impact Newspaper)
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. New updates will be released as soon as they are available.
Updated April 17th at 3:58 pm
Texas governor Greg Abbott issued a total of three executive orders on April 17 that could help reopen the state’s economy.
Abbott announced that all Texas retailers will be allowed to offer on-the-go services from April 24th and Texas parks will reopen from April 20th while social distancing guidelines are enforced.
From April 22nd, the surgical restrictions will also be lifted. This allows doctors and nurses who are on hold due to the need to postpone unnecessary medical procedures to get back to work.
“We are beginning to see a glimmer that the worst of COVID-19 may be behind us soon,” Abbott said during a press conference. “Texas has the second most common recovery of any US state.”
However, schools in Texas will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, Abbott announced.
Teachers are allowed to visit their classrooms to watch instructional videos or to clear them out, he said. The Texas Education Agency officers will provide more details on this semester’s graduation and graduation ceremonies and courses this summer.
Updated April 15th at 5:30 p.m.
Tarrant County’s Judge Glen Whitley on April 15 announced plans to create a new task force on recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The task force is led by Mike Eastland, executive director of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and Steve Love, CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. The task force will consist of health professionals, including doctors, Whitley said.
“The last thing we want to do in the world is re-ignite and have to go through all of this all over again,” he said. “Then we can get in touch with our business community and decide what restrictions will look like. It will be a long time before we get back to what it was before the virus.”
Denton County Public Health announced that 26 additional cases of coronavirus were confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total cases to 547.
To date, 207 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, 326 cases remain active, and 14 residents have died from the disease.
According to health officials, three residents of Roanoke City have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Updated April 14 at 7:57 p.m.
Denton County Public Health announced on April 14 that another Denton County resident had died of COVID-19, bringing the total coronavirus-related deaths to 14.
The patient, a man over 80 years old, was a resident of the Denton Rehabilitation Center, according to health officials.
Officials also announced that 14 more cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed locally, bringing the total number of cases in Denton County to 521.
A total of 189 residents diagnosed with the virus have now recovered and 318 cases remain active.
Three Roanoke residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to health officials.
The Denton County Commissioners Court voted on April 14th to amend the county’s home ordinance, which ran until April 30th, to allow golfers to play golf courses under certain guidelines.
Updated April 14 at 1:56 p.m.
Tarrant County Public Health reported April 14th that four more Tarrant County residents had died from complications from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of Tarrant County’s deaths to 29.
All four patients who died were from Fort Worth and had health problems.
A total of 103 Tarrant County patients have recovered from the COVID-19 virus.
“We are saddened by every death that occurs due to the virus,” said TCPH director Vinny Taneja. “Our best hope of saving lives in the future is to persevere. Keep following the guidelines and we’ll come out stronger than before. “
During a Commissioners Court session on April 14, Taneja said the county had a total of 929 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county has run more than 6,000 tests, he said.
“The actions our county has taken have really affected the spread in Tarrant County,” he said. “We didn’t see a tip like in other counties.”
Tarrant County judge Glen Whitley said the county is expected to set up additional coronavirus test sites next week. The county is currently aware of 23 test sites operating in the county, including urgent and full care facilities, Whitley said.
The city of Fort Worth has confirmed a total of 335 cases of COVID-19, with 12 deaths and 38 patients who have recovered. According to TCPH, there are 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in ZIP code 76244 and four confirmed cases in ZIP code 76177.
The city of Keller has a total of 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with three patients having recovered.
City and county governments, local businesses, school districts and residents across the Dallas-Fort Worth area continue to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 or coronavirus.
Tarrant County public health officials confirmed the county’s 800th novel coronavirus case on April 12. Officials have now ruled the Tarrant County community’s expansion “significant”.
TCPH has reported at least 22 new cases in the past 24 hours. Official numbers show a total of 25 deaths in the county from COVID-19 and 90 patients who have recovered.
For more information on COVID-19 in Tarrant County, please visit here.
The city of Fort Worth has a total of 310 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, with 12 deaths and 34 patients who have recovered.
In addition, city officials have announced a change to the service for public transport operator Trinity Metro.
Trinity Metro is currently offering free bus and TEXRail rides for passengers to enforce social distancing. The public transport company will discontinue Molly the Trolley until at least May 31st.
The city of Keller has a total of 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including three patients who have recovered.
Keller city officials are instructing residents to follow Tarrant County’s social distancing guidelines. This includes keeping individuals 6 feet apart and shopping for essential items only.
From Monday, April 13th, the collection of drive-through opportunities for Keller ISD parents and students will be changed to a schedule of two days per week. Meals for Monday and Tuesday are distributed every Monday and meals for Wednesday through Friday are distributed on Wednesdays.
Parents are asked to stay in their car during the transit. Meals are available for every child in Keller ISD, not just for children with free or reduced meals. Parents must present a student ID or student ID when a child is not in the vehicle. More information on Keller ISD drive-thru meals can be found here.
The drive-thru program for ISD in the northwest will also remain in operation. District officials said NISD staff provide remote assistance through meals, a student help desk, and counseling services.
NISD officials have also reminded parents and students that district buildings and facilities, including playgrounds and sports facilities, will be closed until at least April.
For more information on the NISD meal program and the district’s coronavirus response, please visit here.
On April 12, Denton County Public Health officials confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19 in the county. There are currently 482 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the county, including two in the city of Roanoke.
According to DCPH, patients diagnosed with COVID-19 may experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after exposure.
For more information on COVID-19 in Denton County, please visit here.
Information on the coronavirus from April 6th to 12th can be found here.