Latest in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake: Clinic closes for sanitation after 2 employees contract coronavirus

A Southlake health clinic has temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for the new coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A Southlake health clinic has temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for the new coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A Southlake health clinic has temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for the new coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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The Bark Park in Grapevine has closed due to a Stay at Home order issued by Tarrant County. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is postponing its May election to November. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will start using school buses to deliver meals March 24. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Editor's note: A new blog has been created for the week of March 30. Read those updates here.

Updated 3 p.m. March 27

A Southlake health clinic has temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Baylor Scott & White–Southlake Family Medicine closed this week as crews sanitize the facility, the health system said in a statement.

"To the best of our knowledge, we do not believe any patients were exposed to these staff members, as the staff members did not interact with patients at the time of their symptoms," Baylor Scott & White Health spokesperson Matt Olivolo said in an email.


Olivolo could not confirm a timeline for the clinic's reopening.

The facility is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Olivolo said.


Updated 5:40 p.m. March 26

Colleyville City Council met March 26 to promote and make public the city’s Declaration of Disaster and Proclamation of Emergency Regulations. City parks and playgrounds remain open as long as people are following social distancing, Mayor Richard Newton said. The special meeting was needed in order to extend the declaration past its seven days, which council approved. To see the full declaration, click here.

Additionally, Southlake City Council held a special meeting March 23 and voted to cancel its May election for City Council places and the Southlake bond proposition until Nov. 3, noting that if Gov. Greg Abbott approved an earlier date for the election to be held, the election would be held then instead.

Tarrant County Public Health reported March 26 that the number of active cases of coronavirus has climbed to 96, including one death and three recovered cases countywide.

Updated 6 p.m. March 25

Southlake city facilities have extended its closures until April 7. A complete closure list for the city can be found here.

There are now 86 active COVID-19 cases in Tarrant County, according to the Tarrant County Public Health website. There are five confirmed cases in Colleyville, four in Southlake and three in Grapevine.

Updated 6:30 p.m. March 24

The city of Grapevine has closed playgrounds, picnic tables, pavilions, restrooms and the Bark Park to comply with a new Stay at Home order issued by Tarrant County.

Grapevine city staff are also managing a phone bank from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. to assist with nonmedical coronavirus-related inquiries. The Grapevine Cares Hotline can be reached by calling 817-410-4455.

During a March 24 Carroll ISD board of trustees meeting, trustees approved a resolution that will allow district staff to continue being paid while schools are closed due to the virus.

As of March 24, Tarrant County Public Health has reported there are 67 active coronavirus cases. These include one death and three recovered cases countywide. There are three confirmed cases in Colleyville, two in Grapevine and four in Southlake.

Updated at 8:30 p.m. March 23

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD trustees voted to postpone the May 2 general election to Nov. 3. Any candidate who filed for the May 2 election will remain valid, and the filing period will not be reopened for the new Nov. 3 date. The motion passed 7-0.

In addition to this item, the school district is expanding its meal services while schools are closed. While GCISD will continue serving curbside meals, the district will begin delivering meals March 24 by school bus to aid families that are unable to come to a school site. Buses will stay at each designated location for about 15 minutes Monday through Friday. Click here for the seven bus delivery locations.

The district also read a proclamation to continue paying teachers and staff while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the state level, Gov. Greg Abbott approved a federal disaster loan for small businesses in Texas. Qualifying small businesses statewide are now eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a March 20 announcement by Abbott. For more information on how to apply, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

Updated 9:15 a.m. March 23

Texas runoff primary elections have been postponed until July 14. The primary was originally scheduled for May 26. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered March 20 that the runoff be moved as part of state efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Among the races on the runoff ballot is the one between MJ Hegar and Royce West, who are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in the November general election.

Coronavirus updates from before March 23 can be found at this link.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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