Latest in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake: Grapevine-Colleyville, Carroll ISDs to remain closed through May

Local ISDs will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. (Courtesy Pexels)
Local ISDs will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. (Courtesy Pexels)

Local ISDs will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. (Courtesy Pexels)

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Tarrant County has formed a COVID-19 task force. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
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Harris County, through its new reporting system, has reported COVID-19 cases in Bellaire, West University Place, and Southside Place. Courtesy Pexels.
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Comal County has confirmed its fifth and sixth resident deaths from the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Denton County is in need of new and unopened medical N95 masks, gloves, disposable gowns and standard medical face masks, according to officials. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Editor's note: This story is constantly being updated as more information becomes available on the COVID-19 pandemic. For coronavirus updates from April 6-11, visit this link.

Updated at 8:15 p.m. April 17

Both Grapevine-Colleville and Carroll ISDs announced April 17 they are closing school campuses through the end of May.

This is in step with Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement today regarding a partial reopening of the economy. The announcement stipulated that schools remain closed through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year.

Both districts said their at-home learning and meal programs would continue despite the lengthening of the closures.


Read the full story on Abbott's announcement here.

Updated at 6:15 p.m. April 15

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley on April 15 announced plans to create a new recovery task force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The task force will be led by Mike Eastland, executive director of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and Steve Love, CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. The task force will be comprised of health care professionals, including doctors, Whitley said.

Updated at 4:55 p.m. April 14

Tarrant County Public Health reported April 14 that four more Tarrant County residents have died from complications due to novel coronavirus bringing the county’s total number of deaths to 29.

All four of the deceased patients were from Fort Worth and had underlying health conditions.

A total of 103 Tarrant County patients have recovered from the COVID-19 virus.

“We are saddened by every death that occurs because of the virus,” TCPH Director Vinny Taneja said. “Our best hope to save lives in the future is to persevere. Keep following guidelines, and we will emerge stronger than before.”

During a Commissioners Court meeting April 14 Taneja said the county has a total of 929 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county has performed more than 6,000 tests, he said.

“The actions our county has taken have really impacted the spread in Tarrant County,” he said. “We have not seen a spike like other counties.”

According to Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, the county is expected to set up additional coronavirus testing sites next week. The county is currently aware of 23 testing sites operating in the county, which includes urgent and total care facilities, Whitley said.

Updated at 2:25 p.m. April 13

City and county governments, local businesses, school districts and residents across the Dallas-Fort Worth area continue to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

Tarrant County Public Health officials confirmed the 800th case of novel coronavirus in the county April 12. Officials have now deemed the community spread level in Tarrant County to be “substantial.”

TCPH has reported at least 22 new cases in the past 24 hours. Official numbers indicate a total of 25 deaths in the county from COVID-19 and 90 patients who have recovered.

For more information on COVID-19 in Tarrant County, click here.

The city of Fort Worth has a total of 310 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, with 12 deaths and 34 patients who have recovered.

Updated 3 p.m. April 11

Tarrant County is reporting 787 positive cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths, Tarrant County Public Health confirmed in an April 11 news release. The deceased include a male in his 60s, a male is his 70s, a female in her 60s and a female in her late 40s, all from Fort Worth as well as a male in his 80s from Sansom Park.

All had underlying health conditions, the county reported.

"This is a stressful time for all of us, but we will get through it and bend the COVID-19 curve if all follow the guidelines," Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County Public Health director said in the news release.
By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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