Latest in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth: Second, third COVID-19-related deaths in Keller; Denton County recoveries keep pace with active cases

Travis County reported its second-consecutive day with 60 new confirmed coronavirus cases May 5. (Community Impact staff)
Travis County reported its second-consecutive day with 60 new confirmed coronavirus cases May 5. (Community Impact staff)

Travis County reported its second-consecutive day with 60 new confirmed coronavirus cases May 5. (Community Impact staff)

Among the latest information from Tarrant County Public Health officials on May 5 was confirmation of the second and third deaths in the city of Keller from complications due to the novel coronavirus.

TCPH numbers indicate there has been a total of 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Keller, including three deaths and 16 patients who have recovered.

“As more of our restaurants and retailers open their doors to the public with protocols in place for safety and sanitation, I urge you all to continue being vigilant about the safety of yourself and others,” Keller Mayor Pat McGrail said in a city address. “We cannot and should not live in fear, but I believe we can and should do our part to care for one another and to keep our community safe.”

According to TCPH, there are 2,686 positive COVID-19 cases in the county, including 83 deaths and 653 patients who have recovered.

TCPH numbers indicate a total of 44 positive COVID-19 cases within ZIP code 76248. In addition, there are 63 confirmed cases in ZIP code 76244 and 12 confirmed cases within ZIP code 76177.

The city of Fort Worth has confirmed a total of 1,203 positive cases of the coronavirus, including 51 deaths and 266 patients who have recovered.

“This thing isn’t over, far from it,” McGrail said. “In truth, while we may work toward a return to our normal lives, returning to work in the weeks and months ahead and likely returning to classrooms in the fall, this virus is with us now.”

Denton County Public Health confirmed 26 new cases of COVID-19 on May 5, including seven in Lewisville and one new case in Highland Village. The 26 new cases in Denton County bring the county’s total to 832 confirmed cases.

Of those, 396 residents who were diagnosed with the virus have since recovered, and 22 died due to the disease, health officials said. There are 414 active cases in Denton County, including seven active cases in ZIP code 76262.

“Looking at the number of cases reported by day, there is a two-week decline in those cases [in Denton County],” DCPH Director Matt Richardson said. “That’s an important thing.”

The county hit a milestone on May 4 when the number of active cases was equal to the number of total recoveries. Active cases and recoveries were both at 396 in the county before DCPH’s latest numbers.

“We have been testing at a good rate here in Denton County, but it is not good enough,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said during a May 5 Commissioners Court meeting. “As stay-at-home orders are lifted and modified, a key component of [reopening the county] is testing.”

According to Eads, county public health officials conducted COVID-19 testing on 200 county residents at Denton County’s first testing site in Denton on May 2. The county plans on having a second testing site in Lewisville in the near future, he said.

As of May 6, there have been eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Roanoke, including five patients who have recovered.
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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