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.


Harvest Hall officially opened Feb. 6 in Grapevine as part of the Grapevine Main development. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harvest Hall now open in Grapevine, new dining options in Fort Worth and more DFW news from February

Here are some of the top stories from the past month from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

A doctor holding a clipboard
PPG Health set to open new Fort Worth location in the Alliance area

The company has several other clinics throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A Johnson Road repaving project will begin the week of March 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
City of Keller, Tarrant County to begin repaving work on Johnson Road

The project, which begins east of Rhonda Road, is unrelated to a larger reconstruction project planned for a portion of Johnson Road west of Rhonda.

At its peak of power loss, the city had roughly 50,000 homes with interrupted power, many of which had prolonged outages, Plano City Manager Mark Israelson said. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano faces long-term impacts from storm; Collin County vaccine hubs resume service and more DFW-area news

Read the top business and community news from this week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, the city's longest-serving mayor, delivered her State of the City address on Feb. 25. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price speaks to residents, business owners in final State of the City address

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price addressed residents, business owners, city staff and others in a State of the City address Feb. 25.

The coffee and wine bar offers signature drinks, such as the Honey Bear Latte, made with honey and cinnamon, as well as food options, such as breakfast tacos, charcuterie boards, baked goods and snack boxes. (Courtesy Golden Boy Coffee Co.)
Golden Boy Coffee Co. opens in Plano; Black Rock Coffee Bar coming to Southlake and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Tens of thousands of people have been vaccinated at Denton County's vaccine drive-thru clinics at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. (Courtesy Texas Motor Speedway)
Denton County agencies offer free rides to vaccine appointments at Texas Motor Speedway

Beginning Friday, two Denton County transit services will provide free bus rides to the mass vaccine clinics at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

The Keller ISD Education Center was one of at least 16 district campuses or buildings to be affected by power outages due to a winter storm Feb. 15. (Courtesy Keller ISD)
Keller ISD officials assess power outages, storm damage at multiple campuses

Keller ISD officials continue to calculate the extent of the damage caused by a severe winter storm the week of Feb. 15.

Nonprofit Christ's Haven for Children in Keller was a recipient during the first round of PPP funding. (Design by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Stimulus loans help save jobs, local businesses in Keller, Roanoke, north Fort Worth

In late December, a second round worth $284 billion was approved to benefit small businesses that exhausted their initial loan or did not receive a loan during the first round.