The number of COVID-19 cases across North Texas continues to increase as more people get tested each day. On Thursday, the Dallas-Fort Worth area surpassed 1,500 cases of the novel coronavirus. Some of the infected patients include first responders, residents at long-term care facilities and inmates. Friday afternoon, Dallas County health officials confirmed there are 90 additional cases of COVID-19. This brings the total case count to 921. County officials say 34 cases are associated with five different longā€term care facilities, including three deaths that have been reported. So far, a total of 17 people have died in Dallas County. Prior to the release of new case numbers, the Dallas County commissioners voted to extend the local disaster declaration until May 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We are beginning to see some rays of hope that we are benefitting from the Safer at Home order I implemented on March 22nd. The next two weeks are critical to #FlattenTheCurve. Please stay home and save lives,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement. Top updates for Friday, April 3: During a Thursday night news conference, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins called out craft stores — specifically Hobby Lobby — that remained open during the county’s emergency order. According to Dallas County Health and Human Services, 28% of COVID-19 patients who have required hospitalization in Dallas County are diabetic . Costco will start limiting how many customers can come into its stores beginning Friday in a temporary effort to encourage social distancing. Seventh Tarrant County resident dies from COVID-19 Tarrant County health officials confirmed Friday that another resident has died after testing positive for COVID-19. Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said the patient was an adult who was a Fort Worth resident with underlying health conditions. Officials did not release additional details about the patient in an effort to protect their privacy. So far, a total of 7 people in Tarrant County have died due to the novel coronavirus, officials say. Dallas County disaster declaration extended to May 20 The Dallas County commissioners voted Friday to extend the local disaster declaration until May 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the extended declaration, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins can keep in place the stay-at-home order until then. The current stay-at-home order is in place until midnight. The City of Dallas has also issued a similar stay-at-home order through April 30. Sixth Dallas police officer tests positive Friday morning, the Dallas Police Department announced a sixth officer tested positive for COVID-19. Command staff was informed about the case the day prior, DPD officials say. The officer who tested positive works in the traffic unit and has not been at work since March 18. Officials say prior to being tested, the officer informed his supervisor that he wasn’t feeling well. At that point, he made a doctor’s appointment and stayed home because he was not seeing any signs of improvement. That officer then got tested and […]

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