Latest in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth: Denton County confirms 400th case of COVID-19

Here are the coronavirus updates to know this week. (Community Impact Staff)
Here are the coronavirus updates to know this week. (Community Impact Staff)

Here are the coronavirus updates to know this week. (Community Impact Staff)

Editor's note: This is an evolving story. New updates will be posted as they become available.

Updated 7:38 a.m. April 10

Denton County Public Health announced April 9 that two Lewisville residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the county’s death toll to nine.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these two individuals and to all who have suffered loss during this pandemic,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads in a statement. “This terrible news underscores the significance of the stay-at-home mandate and the importance of practicing social distancing on all outings. We must work together to flatten the curve.”

One of the residents was a woman in her 50s, and the other was a man in his 70s. Both patients caught the coronavirus through local transmission, according to public health officials.


An additional 28 coronavirus cases were also confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 426.

So far, 131 Denton County residents have recovered from the virus, and 286 cases remain active, according to public health officials. Two Roanoke residents have been diagnosed with the disease.

Updated 4:25 p.m. April 9

Tarrant County Public Health announced April 9 that a 20th death has occurred in the county due to complications from novel coronavirus. The patient was a Fort Worth woman in her 60s with underlying health issues, according to a department news release.

"The best way to fight this illness for now is to stay home and not catch it in the first place," TCPH Director Vinny Taneja said.

TCPH officials have confirmed a total of 637 cases of COVID-19 in the county, including 61 patients who have recovered.

The city of Roanoke is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations by closing city tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.

The closure will begin April 9, according to city officials.

“We know there is a big weekend coming up, but please remember that social distancing remains in effect at all times while enjoying our parks and trails,” the city said in statement.

Updated 4:17 p.m. April 8

Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed the 19th death in the county due to complications from the novel coronavirus. The patient was a Euless resident in his 30s with underlying health issues, according to a department news release.

"It is unfortunate for our community to see the death toll rising from COVID-19," TCPH Director Vinny Taneja said. "These are difficult times for the family and friends of those we have lost to this disease. Our hearts go out to them."

TCPH has confirmed a total of 588 cases of the coronavirus in the county, including 53 patients who have recovered.

The city of Fort Worth has 232 confirmed cases, with seven deaths and 17 patients who have recovered. There are three confirmed cases in ZIP code 76177 and 16 confirmed cases in ZIP code 76244.

The city of Keller has 15 confirmed cases, including two patients who have recovered.


Denton County Public Health announced April 8 that 32 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 398.

So far, 100 Denton County residents have recovered from the virus, and seven have died, according to public health officials. There are currently 291 active cases.

Updated 9:22 a.m. April 8

Fort Worth City Council unanimously approved April 7 an extension to Mayor Betsy Price's "Stay Home, Work Safe" order to help combat spread of the COVID-19 virus. The action by Council extends the declaration through April 30 to be in line with a similar order from Tarrant County.

The stay-at-home order restricts individuals from leaving their residence except for essential travel. It also requires social distancing in shared or outdoor spaces, closes all nonessential businesses and prohibits all public or private gatherings outside of a single household.

To view the most recent city of Fort Worth emergency declaration, click here.

Updated 3:32 p.m. April 7


Denton County Public Health announced April 7 that 29 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 366.

So far, 91 Denton County residents have recovered from the virus and seven have died, according to public health officials.

Denton County Commissioners Court unanimously voted April 7 to extend the county’s existing disaster declaration and stay-at-home order through April 30 in alignment with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.

The county’s stay-at-home order, which has been in effect since 11:59 p.m. March 25, mandates that residents stay home except to perform specific essential activities or to work to provide essential business and government services or to perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.

Updated 12:41 p.m. April 7

Officials with Tarrant County Public Health have confirmed five additional deaths in the county due to complications from the novel coronavirus, marking the largest single-day total since the county began reporting COVID-19 cases.

Two of the deceased patients were from Fort Worth, one was from River Oaks and one was from Grand Prairie, according to a department news release. Two of the five patients had underlying health issues, and the patients ranged in age from 47 to 88, the release said.

"It is very unfortunate and disheartening to see the death toll rising from COVID-19," TCPH Director Vinny Taneja said. "This is not the time to be complacent. We can get through this, but only if everyone does their part and follows the guidelines without exception."

TCPH has confirmed a total of 517 cases of the COVID-19 virus in the county, including 18 deaths and 53 patients who have recovered.

There have been 196 confirmed cases in Fort Worth, including four cases of novel coronavirus in ZIP code 76177 and 13 cases in ZIP code 76244. Additionally, the city of Keller has 14 confirmed cases, with two patients who have recovered.


Denton County Public Health announced April 6 that 33 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 337.

So far, 77 residents who were diagnosed with the virus have since recovered, and seven have died. There are two confirmed cases in the city of Roanoke.

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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 announced April 6 that two additional coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in the county. TCPH has confirmed 13 total deaths in Tarrant County due to complications from novel coronavirus.

“We extend our sympathy to the families of these patients for their loss,” TCPH Director Vinny Taneja said. “This is yet another reminder of the tragic toll that the COVID-19 virus is taking on our community.”

TCPH numbers indicate a total of 452 confirmed positive cases of novel coronavirus in the county, with 41 patients who have recovered.

The city of Fort Worth has 162 confirmed cases, five confirmed deaths and 12 recoveries, and the city of Keller has 13 confirmed cases, including one patient who recovered.

On April 5, Denton County Public Health announced that a Lewisville man in his 90s had died due to COVID-19, bringing Denton County’s number of coronavirus-related deaths to seven.

The patient was a resident of a nursing facility and caught the coronavirus through local transmission, according to public health officials.

“As we report the loss of a seventh life to COVID-19 in Denton County today, we hope everyone will take a moment to keep our fellow residents affected by this pandemic in your thoughts and prayers,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said in a statement. “The seriousness of taking precautions cannot be overstated. With community spread endemic in our county, we must take the necessary steps to ensure we do not contribute to the problem.”


DCPH numbers indicate a total of 304 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the county, including two in the city of Roanoke. According to DCPH, 69 patients have recovered.

At the state level, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order March 31 extending school closures through May 4, and officials with Keller ISD and Northwest ISD announced that ongoing school closures will be extended.

Each district will adhere to Abbott's recommendations and cancel on-campus classes and activities through May 4, district officials said.

For coronavirus information from March 30-April 5, click here.
By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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