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Here is the latest data from Collin County and Denton County's public health departments. (Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is the latest data from Collin County and Denton County's public health departments. (Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is the latest data from Collin County and Denton County's public health departments. (Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)

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DATA: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Plano ZIP codes

As of May 18, there have been 316 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the six Plano ZIP codes in both Collin and Denton counties, according to health officials.

DATA: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in McKinney ZIP codes

As of May 18, there have been 220 confirmed cases of the coronavirus across the four McKinney ZIP codes, according to Collin County health officials.



Frisco Athletic Center reopens with modified hours, limited capacity

The Frisco Athletic Center reopened its doors May 18 with a capacity limit of no more than 50 members at a time.

Richardson opens more facilities, cancels major events based on governor's latest order

Officials in Richardson are once again analyzing how to move forward as Texas enters the second phase of its reopening plan.

Outdoor rock wall planned next to Plano indoor climbing facility

A new outdoor rock-climbing area may be coming to a Plano business after city officials approved the new plans.

Liesbeth Powers, William C. Wadsack, Olivia Lueckemeyer and Daniel Houston contributed to this report.






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Restaurants, bars and some other businesses in North Texas will face a familiar slate of heightened restrictions after the region exceeded the Gov. Greg Abbott’s threshold for COVID-19 hospitalizations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Bar closures, tighter business restrictions triggered in North Texas by COVID-19 hospitalizations

Restaurants, bars and many other businesses will face heightened restrictions after North Texas exceeded the governor’s threshold for COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Voters can cast ballots in person until Dec. 4 for early voting or vote on election day, Dec. 8. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dec. 4 is last day for Frisco voters to cast early ballots in City Council runoff

Dec. 4 is the last day for Frisco voters to join the 2,000-plus people who have voted in the Dec. 8 City Council runoff since the beginning of early voting.

The number of homes listed for sale decreased in Frisco in October as compared to the same period in 2019. (Community Impact staff)
DATA: Here are the latest real estate trends in Frisco

The number of homes listed for sale decreased in Frisco in October as compared to the same period in 2019.

This shows the conceptual alignments for US 380 in Denton County. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
TxDOT releases 5 potential alignment options for US 380 in Denton County

TxDOT is studying five conceptual alignments for the project. The study area includes the area north of US 380; it includes the cities of Denton, Providence Village, Frisco, Little Elm, Aubrey, Krugerville and Celina and the towns of Prosper and Cross Roads.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allotted 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to arrive in Texas in mid-December

About 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted to the state of Texas and will arrive the week of Dec. 14.

Meadowcreek is Frisco's featured neighborhood for December. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Meadowcreek is this month's featured neighborhood in Frisco

Meadowcreek, a 189-home community, is located north of Main Street and just to the east of FM 423.

The portion of Hall Office Park to be redeveloped is at the corner of Warren and Gaylord parkways. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
Frisco approves tax reinvestment zone to help fund parking garage, park as Hall Office Park redevelops

Frisco will participate in improvements planned as part of a Hall Office Park project that could more than triple the property’s value to nearly $2.2 billion over the next 20-30 years.

The new Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County facility is expected to open in fall 2020. (Courtesy Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County)
Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County to open new facility in McKinney

The need for the 40,000-square-foot facility comes from the projection that the number of children in the county will triple over the next 25 years.

Located at the south end of Teel Parkway, the 1135 Hike & Bike Trail will now be part of Iron Horse Trail. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco approves names for 3 neighborhood parks, 2 connected trails

Frisco City Council approved names for three neighborhood parks and two city trails during its Dec. 1 meeting.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a campaign to address declining college enrollment numbers across the state since the pandemic started. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launches campaign to boost college enrollment

The decline in college enrollment across the state of Texas has prompted several agencies to partner up and create online resources for students and counselors.

Frisco ISD is slated to spend roughly $822,000 on blue strobe lights to enhance security systems. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco ISD to install blue strobe lights as security enhancement

Upon the request of campus administrators, Frisco ISD is planning to spend approximately $822,000 to install blue strobe lights on each district campus to visually alert students and faculty in lockdown situations.

As of Nov. 30, patients confirmed to have COVID-19 filled 16.1% of hospital beds in Trauma Service Area E, which includes Collin, Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties among others. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
North Texas hovers above key COVID-19 hospitalization threshold as further restrictions loom

North Texas businesses could face additional restrictions—including the closure of some bars—if area hospitals do not see a reversal in the number of COVID-19 patients within a matter of days.