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Infectious Disease Experts Fear Coronavirus Spreads As New Texas Companies Reopen
Salons and hair salons have joined the list of Texas companies that can partially reopen to customers in person. But some public health experts are concerned that it is too early.
Epidemiologists said they were encouraged. Governor Greg Abbott assesses the data and consults with experts to report on the gradual reopening of the Texas economy. But they warned that for an incremental approach to be effective, sufficient time is needed between each phase to assess its effects on the spread of the virus.
Abbott’s announcement on Tuesday that hair, nail, tanning, and cosmetology salons can reopen as long as they follow strict rules came four days after the first phase of business , including shopping centers and restaurants, were allowed to start operating in person at a limited capacity.
His decision came sooner than expected, as he had previously indicated that May 18 would be a possible date for a second phase of reopening.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Abbott defended his decision to move forward rather than wait to assess two weeks of data. He noted the approval received from medical experts who advised him, in addition to Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus task force.
“How can I know that we are on an adequate trajectory and that this plan is part of this trajectory? Dr. Birx herself said it. All these other doctors said so, “said Abbott at a Texas Capitol press conference. “And so there will always be a difference of opinion between doctors. “
Here are the number of lives that coronaviruses stay at home may have saved in Tarrant County
Home orders issued to slow the new coronavirus have reportedly saved more than 200,000 lives and prevented at least 2.1 million people from being hospitalized.
In Tarrant County, the order likely saved 5,583 lives and prevented 53,096 people from being hospitalized, according to estimates released by the Big Cities Health Coalition.
“Ordering people to take shelter in their homes was unprecedented and difficult. Everyone’s collective action has significantly slowed the spread of COVID-19, “said Sara Cody, chair of the coalition, in a statement. “These measures have prevented many infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
“It is tempting to give up, but we must massively step up two essential guardrails – testing and contact tracing – to protect the progress we have made, as well as the most vulnerable among us. “
The Tarrant County home stay orders were in effect from March 24 to the end of April.
Ted Cruz cuts his hair at Dallas salon to support owner who defied orders for coronavirus
US Senator Ted Cruz decided to have his hair cut Friday at the Dallas Fashion Show.
This is the living room belonging to Shelley Luther, the woman who was released from prison on Thursday on the orders of the Texas Supreme Court after being put in bars for reopening her business while restrictions on coronaviruses throughout the country State were in place.
“I am proud to stand alongside Shelley Luther,” said Cruz after his haircut. “What happened to him was wrong. “
Cruz, a Republican, entered the salon with a mask and gloves and was greeted by Luther, on the first day, hair salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen in Texas. He told reporters outside that he was on a plane and flew from Houston to Dallas Friday morning specifically to get his hair cut in this salon to show his support for Luther.
“I am delighted to be here,” he told her. ” Thanks for all you’ve done. “
Is there a shortage of meat? In Fort Worth, it depends where you look
Missy Bonds, a breeder in Saginaw, wakes up at 4 am to help load dozens of cattle in semi-trucks intended to feed the parks of Colorado and New Mexico. There, the cattle are fed on grass until they are an optimal weight to be sold for slaughter.
“As it stands, there is no shortage of meat,” Bonds said earlier this week. “Don’t think you have to go out and rush to the grocery stores to buy and stock everything. “
But even if customers wanted to rush to the meat counter, most of the big grocery chains in North Texas, including Sam’s Club, Kroger, Tom Thumb and Albertsons, are already limiting meat purchases.
Nationally, the price of meat is going up, which means there will be fewer choices, especially during the grilling season, and you won’t be able to buy as much as you want.
The wholesale price for the USDA Choice canned beef cut was $ 4.61 per pound Friday morning, compared to $ 2.07 on March 10. The canned beef cut represents the estimated gross value of a beef carcass, based on the prices paid for each cut of beef, according to Justin Benavidez, economist and assistant professor for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program at Amarillo.
Benavidez said higher prices are a sign of a shortage, but what will likely happen is less steak and more roast and ground beef.
“A big part of what we are going to face is the fact that people are unemployed,” said Benavidez. “During a recession, buying habits change, so you’re probably going to see a lot more cheap discounts. “
He said that the only way to run out of meat would be to close all the meat factories, which is very unlikely.
Do you know elderly residents or North Texans who need food during a pandemic? Here is the help
For weeks, many North Texans fought against the economic impact of the coronavirus.
Dozens of residents were afraid to shop due to their age and pre-existing health conditions.
On Friday, Meals on Wheels in Tarrant County announced a complementary COVID-19 nutrition program for older residents of Tarrant County.
Earlier this week, the Tarrant area food bank and Catholic Charities Fort Worth launched a call center to help North Texans find food and, in some cases, deliver food through of the Catholic Charities vehicle fleet.
SNP COVID-19 established by Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, United Way and Area Agency of Aging in Tarrant County, Tarrant County, Tarrant Area Food Bank and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth will target the food needs of Tarrant County residents aged 60 and over. and their spouses.
To be eligible for the COVID-19 SNP program, an elderly resident must live in Tarrant County, be 60 years of age or older and not have enough to eat.
Those in need and eligible for COVID-19 SNP should call 817-336-0912 or go to mealsonwheels.org. For Spanish-speaking residents, call 817-258-6438.
Other northern Texans who need food can call the Catholic Charities of Fort Worth at 817-534-0814 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday.
Tarrant County Reports Record 171 New Coronavirus Cases, Nearly 100 Total Deaths
Tarrant County reported a record 171 new cases of coronavirus and five additional deaths on Friday.
The previous high was 150 on Thursday, which was a revised figure, according to county official data. Before that, 145 new cases on April 23 were the highest of the day. The 321 new cases recorded in the past two days represent a peak of two days during the pandemic.
The deaths included residents of three different cities, including a woman from Arlington in her 30s. The rest were a Fort Worth man and woman in the 1970s and 80s, an Arlington man in his 60s, and a Grapevine man in the 1990s. Health officials said four of the patients had underlying health. They did not indicate which of the five did not respond.
Tarrant County has confirmed a total of 3,127 cases of COVID-19, including 95 deaths and 735 recoveries.
Of the total cases, 1,430 were residents of Fort Worth, including 58 of the 95 deaths. Arlington has reported 641 cases and eight deaths. Grapevine has reported 67 cases and five deaths.
As of Friday, 247 county hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 confirmed patients.
Dallas County Worst Pandemic Week Continues With 10 More Deaths, 249 New Cases
Dallas County reported a high number of 10 coronavirus deaths and 249 new cases on Friday.
The county has confirmed 5,369 cases of COVID-19, including 135 deaths.
This is the sixth day in a row that the county has reported more than 200 new cases in what has become its worst week of a pandemic. The 10 deaths equals a one-day high in the county.
The last 10 deaths include residents of Dallas, Duncanville, Irving, Garland, Lancaster and Richardson. The ages range from the 1940s to the 1990s, including six residents of long-term care facilities in four different cities. One of them was a Duncanville man in his forties.
The others included one in their 50s, three in their 60s and 70s, and one in their 40s and 40s.
Collin and Denton counties combine for 5 additional coronavirus deaths, 30 new cases each
On Friday, Collin and Denton counties reported 30 new cases of coronavirus each and five other deaths combined.
Collin County has reported three other deaths from COVID-19, including two Plano men and a McKinney man. All three had underlying health problems. Plano’s men include a 50-year-old man who died in a local hospital and a 92-year-old man who died at the Life Care Center in Plano, a local nursing home. The 82-year-old McKinney was a resident of the North Park Health and Rehabilitation Center. He died Wednesday in a local hospital.
Collin confirmed 887 pandemic cases, including 27 deaths and 580 recoveries. Of the 280 current cases, 21 are hospitalized. County health officials are reporting 10,012 negative COVID-19 tests and monitoring 1,417 people for symptoms.
Among the two Denton County deaths, there is the first reported resident of the Denton State Supported Living Center to die from the coronavirus. The facility, which serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, has reported 116 cases of COVID-19, including 54 residents and 62 employees. The deceased was a man in his sixties who had been hospitalized.
The other Denton County death was a Shady Shores woman in her sixties who had been hospitalized.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of two deaths today, including one at the Denton State Supported Living Center,” Denton County judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “Please keep the families and friends of these people in your thoughts and prayers. “
Denton County has confirmed 902 cases, including 25 deaths and 428 recoveries.
Cities in the Fort Worth area desperately need funds to fight the coronavirus-fueled economic crisis
Over 100 mayors, including many from northern Texas, have signed a very strong letter urging Governor Greg Abbott to establish guidelines for financial assistance.
Mayors maintain that their cities have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has shut down many businesses and services.
The mayors who signed the letter were Betsy Price of Fort Worth, Jeff Williams of Arlington, Linda Martin of Euless, Ron White of White Settlement and Henry Wilson of Hurst.
The letter said that $ 11.24 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund was split between the state and “local governments” with more than 500,000 residents, excluding small towns.
“It goes without saying that the virus that currently represents our common enemy does not recognize the borders of cities or the distinctions between populations. Every city in Texas has a role to play in the battle for the health and prosperity of our state, ”the mayors wrote in the letter.
Both School Districts Will Use Globe Life Field For Graduation Ceremonies
The Globe Life Field will not remain empty until the start of the 2020 MLB season.
The Mansfield and Burleson school districts announced Friday night that they will hold graduation ceremonies next month at the new Texas Rangers $ 1.2 billion base stadium.
Mansfield and its six high schools will graduate their elders on June 2 and 3, with three high schools each day. Burleson’s four high schools will hold start-up ceremonies on June 6.
The two districts stressed that the security protocols that were in place during the coronavirus pandemic will be required for the ceremonies, which will be the first events at Globe Life Field.
Free the Tiger King! Texas-themed video asks Trump to forgive imprisoned Netflix star
With a booming bassline, gorilla clicks and a guitar with a Texas-twang, a large film-worthy score announces the video effort to persuade President Donald Trump to forgive Joseph Maldonado- Passage, alias Joe Exotic, the Tiger King. . A presidential pardon could free the Netflix star from his imprisonment at FMC Fort Worth, a federal medical prison besieged by coronavirus infection.
Eric Love of Bedford, who is featured in the video, is a former lawyer who became a private investigator and businessman. He is asking Trump to give full thanks to Maldonado-Passage because he is not guilty of the crime he was convicted of, but he is the victim of scams, according to the video obtained by TMZ.
In April 2019, Maldonado-Passage was found guilty of trying to hire someone to assassinate Carole Baskin, a prominent animal rights activist, according to NBC News.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison in Texas for two counts of for-hire murder, eight counts of violation of the Lacey law for falsifying wildlife registers and nine counts of violation of the law on endangered species for allegedly killing tigers in Oklahoma. zoo.
The video, which was shot and produced in Fort Worth, also features a luxury travel bus, with a photo of Joe Exotic and a tiger face painted on the side. The images frame a call for President Trump to forgive the Netflix star, according to a TMZ report.
Michael Bublé’s concert arrives in Fort Worth, but he’s going to be a little late
If you have already bought tickets for the Micheal Bublé concert scheduled for April, stick them in a red envelope and put them in a safe place.
You can now use them the day after the Valentine’s gift.
Bublé’s concert, scheduled for April 4 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, has been postponed to February 15, 2021, due to the appearance of the new coronavirus.
If you have already purchased tickets to see Bublé, they will be honored for the postponed date, according to a press release from Dickies Arena.
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