COVID-19 live updates: Nearly 150 deaths reported throughout North Texas

COVID-19 live updates: Nearly 150 deaths reported throughout North Texas

More than 450 individuals throughout the state have passed away from the illness, while more than 4,800 have actually recovered, according to state officials.

This story is from April19 For updates from April 20, click on this link.

Another individual has died in Tarrant County from COVID-19, authorities stated.

She was a Fort Worth local in her 50 s and had actually had underlying health conditions. Her death brings the county’s death toll to 39 people. The county has had 1,242 cases reported since the break out began, with 189 recoveries.

‘ Unfortunately, we are seeing the variety of deaths continuing to increase and seeing more households being affected by this infection,” stated Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.

Thirteen of those 1,242 cases were brand-new Sunday, prompting some to question how representative that count is of real infections as more than 100 brand-new cases were reported in Dallas County the very same day.

Dallas County reported 104 brand-new cases on Sunday, bringing that county’s overall to 2,428 No new deaths were reported.

” For your part, please limitation those unnecessary journeys, use a face covering at vital services and keep making good personal obligation choices,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted.

Across North Texas, almost 150 individuals have died given that the outbreak started. More than 450 individuals across the state have actually passed away from the disease, while more than 4,800 have actually recovered, according to state officials.

Dallas County’s death toll comprises a large part of that; according to state authorities, the county has the second-highest variety of deaths in the state, falling just behind Houston’s Harris County.

But while Houston has had about two times as lots of cases reported as Dallas, it’s just seen about 10 more deaths, state information shows.

To view a timeline of the reported cases and deaths in Dallas County, click here.

Leading updates for Sunday, April 19:

  • Since Saturday early morning, all Dallas County citizens over the age of 2, are now required to use face-coverings when at important services or utilizing public transit.
  • Retail companies and some medical offices will be permitted to resume with specific restrictions this week at the state level, Gov. Greg Abbott said. State parks will also reopen starting tomorrow.
  • Dallas County had its deadliest week over the past seven days from COVID-19 since the break out started, officials said.


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Arlington ISD food service worker detected with COVID-19


Arlington ISD verified Sunday that a member of its Food & Nutrition Solutions group tested favorable for COVID-19 this week.

This employee was preparing meals in the kitchen at Swift Elementary School. The individual did not enter contact with any member of the family concerning pick up meals throughout curbside pickup hours, school district authorities stated.

The school has actually now been closed as a feeding website and all other staff members have actually been notified about the favorable test.

Healthcare facility capacity remains approximately the exact same in Dallas, data programs


A little more than half of Dallas’ hospital beds are currently inhabited, the most current information from Mayor Eric Johnson’s workplace suggests. Of offered ICU beds, 61%are inhabited, while about 32.5%of hospital ventilators are in usage. These numbers have actually stayed fairly constant.

A total of 24 medical facilities reported ventilator and bed capability numbers Sunday.

The daily numbers are required under an emergency situation guideline that Johnson revealed last month throughout a press conference.

Below is a list launched by the Dallas mayor’s workplace of the aggregated overalls from 24 hospitals in the city:

  • Overall beds: 5,397
    • Beds inhabited: 2,858
  • Total ICU beds: 783
    • ICU beds inhabited: 480
  • Total ventilators: 898
    • Ventilators in usage: 292


Health specialists recommend taking the following actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Prevent close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Practice “social distancing” and stay at least 6 feet far from others and avoid big public gatherings
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then toss the tissue in the garbage.
  • Clean and disinfect often touched items and surface areas using a regular family cleaning spray or clean.
  • Follow CDC’s suggestions for utilizing a facemask.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, specifically after going to the bathroom; prior to eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not easily offered, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60%alcohol. Constantly clean hands with soap and water if hands are noticeably unclean.
  • Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to secure yourself if you plan to take a trip beyond the U.S.


WFAA digital producer Jake Harris contributed to this report.

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