Get live updates throughout the day on how COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is affecting North Texas.
>>COVID-19 By The Numbers:
In Texas: More than 128,000 cases and more than 2,200 deaths have been reported. More than 72,000 Texans have recovered.
In North Texas: Cases in Dallas County: 18,135; Tarrant County: 9,846; Collin County: 2,449; Denton County: 2,417. There have been at least 619 reported deaths in the region's four largest counties.
Counties across Texas: Use The Texas Newsroom's interactive maps.
Global: See Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 dashboard.
Face Masks Required At Tarrant County Businesses
Face coverings will be required at all Tarrant County businesses. County Judge Glen Whitley is issuing a countywide executive order will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday.
Read the full updated order.
Gov. Abbott Pausing Additional Texas Reopening Phases
Gov. Greg Abbott announced today the state will pause any further phases to reopen Texas. The governor's office says businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Abbott is also suspending elective surgeries at hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties.
That order's goal is to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
“As Texas faces a rise in COVID-19 cases, we are focused on both slowing the spread of this virus and maintaining sufficient hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients,” said Abbott said in a statement. “These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat COVID-19 patients.”
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City Officials Consider Reopening Temporary Hospital At Dallas Convention Center
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says city officials and the DFW Hospital Council will meet today about possibly setting up a temporary medical facility at the Convention Center in downtown.
"COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Dallas County," Johnson said. "The data is clear, our case numbers and our hospitalization numbers, which we have been tracking daily, are headed in the wrong direction."
North Texas Children's Hospitals Monitoring Rise In Cases
In Houston, the country's largest pediatric hospital says it'll start admitting adult COVID-19 patients after a surge of hospitalizations.
As coronavirus cases increase across North Texas, local children's hospitals are monitoring the situation.
Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth doesn't have plans to start admitting adult patients.
Spokesperson Kim Brown said Cook Children's is ready to help other hospitals if needed, but so far no one's reached out to ask for assistance.
In Dallas, at Medical City Children's Hospital, spokesperson Kelly Hanes says its facility shares a campus with Medical City Dallas, so both adults and children can be treated.
Meanwhile, a representative for Children's Health in Dallas said the hospital is monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases as well as the need for hospital beds in North Texas, to continue to providing care to the community.