Dallas County reports 20 new cases, DPD officer tests positive, Abbott orders statewide closures
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1.Dallas County reported 20 more cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, including the county’s first death related to the disease. The new cases bring the total number of residents in the county to 55. Tarrant County reported 10 more cases, bringing the total to 19.
2. A Dallas police officer who tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday has been asked to stay home and isolate, police said. It is the first known coronavirus case in the department.
3.Governor Greg Abbott is temporarily closing schools, restaurants, gyms and bars across the state to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
4. After failing to get permission to be tested for the coronavirus, a woman from Fort Worth, Tarrant County, drove to Dallas, where she was tested at a drive-through clinic and learned she was positive for the virus.
5. American Airlines will further reduce capacity and park nearly half of its fleet in May as demand for travel continues to deteriorate due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The airline has cut 55,000 flights from its April flight schedule since the epidemic began.
6. A Dallas resident is stuck in the mountain town of Cusco, Peru, with no way home after the country was locked down this week to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
7. Visitors to the Katy Trail are encouraged to pursue other sports in order to maintain social distance after a photo is surfaced of dozens of people running and jogging on the trail.
8. Governor Greg Abbott also issued a waiver that allows restaurants to deliver beer, wine, and mixed drinks with one grocery purchase.
9. An unidentified person who worked at the Dallas Steakhouse Town Hearth on Friday is among the 55 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dallas County to date.
10. The number of homeless people in the Dallas area has decreased, but shelters are feeling the stress of the coronavirus as many homeless carers are forced to reduce bed capacity in order to maintain adequate social distancing.
11. Order delivery? Local restaurants make a significant profit from partnering with a third-party delivery service like Grubhub and Uber Eats.
226 confirmed cases in Texas
5 deaths in Texas
13,159 confirmed US cases
9,843 deaths worldwide
242,191 confirmed cases worldwide
84,962 restores worldwide
Source: The Center for Systems Science and Technology at Johns Hopkins
See an interactive map of cases in the state of Texas here.
The Dallas Morning News has partnered with KXAS-TV (NBC5) to provide answers to reader questions from leading medical experts. A video of the full discussion can be found here.
What should you do if you have COVID-19 under contract but can take care of yourself at home?
“I would treat it like the flu. Get a lot of rest. You really need to let your body heal. Drink plenty of fluids, treat your muscle pain symptoms. Use decongestants. These are all common things we can do. We all go through these experiences. Just follow similar guidelines if you are infected with COVID-19. “- Dr. John Carlo, CEO of Prism Health North Texas
“Have a family plan too. Create as much physical separation as possible between sick and healthy people. Especially if your household includes someone with a weakened immune system or the elderly. As much as possible. Grandpa may not be able to move to another location. Take care of yourself, but take care of each other. “- Dr. Mark Casanova, President of the Dallas County Medical Society
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