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Tarrant County reports four more coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 25
Tarrant County confirmed four more coronavirus deaths on Saturday, bringing the total number of residents who died from the virus to 25.
Three Fort Worth residents have died, including a woman in her late 40s, a man in his 60s and a man in his 60s, officials said. A man from Sansom Park in the 1980s also died.
All of them would have underlying health problems.
There have been 90 recoveries, officials said on Saturday.
On Saturday, there were 787 confirmed cases in Tarrant County, an increase of 82 cases from Friday’s report, according to the county health department website.
Dallas County Reports 107 New Coronavirus Cases and 2 Deaths
Dallas County reported 107 more cases of coronavirus and two deaths on Saturday.
There have now been 1,644 cases of coronavirus in the county and 27 deaths on Saturday, officials said.
The two COVID-19 deaths included a Garland in his sixties and a Grand Prairie man in his sixties, according to a press release from Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins. Both had underlying health problems.
According to the release, 69% of the county’s cases requiring hospitalization involved residents over the age of 60 or having had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. About a third of all COVID-19 hospital patients have suffered from diabetes.
Jenkins anticipated Easter in the press release, noting that it will be different this year “but it doesn’t have to be less special.”
“Just as the Americans overcame the measles epidemic of 1918 and the Second World War, we will come out of it and come out stronger together,” he said.
3 residents of Denton nursing home die from coronavirus-related causes
The new coronavirus-related deaths of three elderly residents of the Denton nursing home and 20 new cases of the virus were announced on Saturday by county health officials.
A woman and a man over 80 and a woman in her 60s who lived at the Denton Rehabilitation Center have died, said the Denton County public health unit.
They are among 13 people who died in the county from virus-related causes.
“The loss of these three lives is almost beyond words as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic in our county,” Denton County judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with each of their families in the face of the deaths of their loved ones.”
Public health officials have worked with the facility on North Carroll Boulevard since the first cases of coronavirus among residents and an employee were identified, the county said.
The first residents with laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were taken to hospital when they showed symptoms, the county said. The employee is isolated from his home.
Denton County recorded a total of 474 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
Collin County Reports 16 Additional Cases
Collin County reported 16 more confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, for a total of 441.
As of Saturday, 226 of the patients had recovered and seven had died, according to county health officials.
Twenty-six patients remained hospitalized and 182 in home isolation.
Fort Worth Open House Church Distributing 65 Tons of Fresh Easter Food
Burleson’s Open Door Church has been distributing food every Sunday for 25 years. This Easter Sunday will be no different.
The church will distribute 65 tonnes of fresh food, volunteers dressed in gloves and masks, to fight the spread of the coronavirus and put food in the cars of everyone who needs it.
The global coronavirus epidemic has led to economic problems for many Americans, and Open Door Church spokesperson Kyp Shillam said it simply adds necessity to the mission of the church.
The church, 301 S. Dobson St., has enough food for 2,000 people, including fresh meat, vegetables, dairy, and other products. Some of the food will be canned, but Shillam said the focus is on fresh food.
Churches and synagogues celebrate holy days in new ways with coronavirus
For the first time in its history, the first church of the Great Saint Stephen will offer Easter morning communion in the form of a drive-through service.
Families will be invited to wait in a queue of cars on Sunday morning in the church parking lot, according to Reverend Michael Bell. Three parishioners wearing plastic gloves and face masks will stand on the other side of a long table, placing sealed bags of wafers and cups of grape juice. Passengers in the car can then take communion while the volunteers recite the traditional prayer.
There will be bins at the end where people can throw the garbage. “Just like when you go through McDonald’s,” said Bell.
Inside the sanctuary, he will run a traditional Sunday service to empty the benches and a few others like his son, who will operate the camera by sending a live stream to Facebook.
The church, which serves approximately 500 African-American residents on the east side of Fort Worth, had rendered traditional services only until orders to stay at home against coronaviruses fell about three weeks ago. . Church leaders eager to join the community during a period of fear and uncertainty have brought the nearly 40-year-old institution in a new direction by providing virtual services.
Bell plans to spend his Easter morning sermon talking about what it takes to fuel tough times, as the church has done.
“How can we meet them and overcome them? Said the pastor by telephone on Thursday. “My message is going to be to encourage them to stay at home, not to get carried away by all the panic … do something constructive in the middle of it all. What have you tried to work – that you wanted to work and that you have never succeeded in doing – that you can do now? “
Places of worship in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have found new ways to meet their members without being able to get together because of COVID-19. And this week, institutions are celebrating major holidays in unprecedented ways that allow members to connect remotely.
Churches are live Easter services produced only by videographers, a couple of musicians, and a pastor or priest. Synagogues also broadcast worship services live during the seven-day Passover, which began Wednesday evening, and encourage families with family members outside to do virtual seders.
Rabbi Andrew Bloom of the Fort Worth congregation, Ahavath Sholom, pre-recorded his Thursday evening vacation service on Monday to accommodate a Seder with loved ones. He and his wife planned to sit at the table with their two daughters, joined by their son who lives in Virginia and two other families on the Zoom app.
The City of Fort Worth Hosts Easter Egg Hunt, But It’s Virtual
Children won’t have to give up the Easter egg hunt because of COVID-19, but they won’t find the eggs outside.
Cleburne’s Mayor Scott Cain posted on his Facebook page that the city wanted children and their families to have fun while distancing themselves over Easter.
“Many cities close their parks on Sunday. We wanted to find an alternative because people often go to parks to hunt eggs. Since everything is virtual right now, why not take a virtual egg hunt? ” he said.
The fun begins at 3 p.m. when families can visit the city’s Facebook page. Every six minutes, photos and clues will be posted on where to find the eggs. The indices relate to local businesses. The first two people to find each egg or prize receive a $ 25 gift card for a particular business.
Most of the participating companies have been identified as non-essential, and some are selling their products online while others will open once the home stay order is lifted.
Bud Kennedy: “Dr. Microbe is the television medical specialist Texas needs right now. And in two languages
The best new TV medical expert is right here in our health science center.
She’s passing “Dr. Microbe.And she talks about coronavirus in English and Spanish.
In a month in which television news was dominated by government speaking figures, some of the best moments came from an Arlington scientist and director of the epidemiology program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Diana Cervantes knows her viruses. And she took questions everywhere from Telemundo to KTCK / 96.7 FM “The Ticket”.
“I was trained by old school guys – they taught me that part of this disease-fighting job is getting the word out,” she said on Friday as the Texans settled in for another weekend at home.
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