Latest in Plano: Coronavirus cases continue their climb in Collin County

Stay up to date with the latest local coronavirus-related news in Plano. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Stay up to date with the latest local coronavirus-related news in Plano. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Stay up to date with the latest local coronavirus-related news in Plano. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Updated at 6:15 p.m. March 29

Collin County reported six new cases of the new coronavirus, including four that required hospitalization.

As of late Sunday afternoon, 134 cases of the virus had been reported to Collin County health authorities. (One case that had previously been counted as a McKinney resident has been confirmed as a Dallas County resident and taken off Collin County's total.)

Coming into the day, 41 people who tested positive for the new coronavirus in the county had recovered. Eleven were hospitalized, not including the four new hospitalizations reported March 29. The majority were in home isolation.

Cities remain under a variety of state and local orders restricting business activity and ordering residents to stay home except for essential activities.


Updated at 6:15 p.m. March 28

Collin County health officials reported 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including four Plano residents.

The 11 new cases bring Collin County's total to 129 total reported cases. Among the new cases were three residents in Dallas, two in McKinney and one each in Frisco and Lucas.

Meanwhile, McKinney Mayor George Fuller said he and Collin County Judge Chris Hill are still working to resolve perceived inconsistencies in their orders to combat the new coronavirus. The talks began after a lawsuit was filed seeking a temporary restraining order against McKinney's shelter-in-place policy. See the McKinney story here.

Updated at 2:50 p.m. March 28

Collin County health officials have updated the March 27 tally to reflect 31 new cases with 11 of those being Plano residents. The county's total stands at 118 cases.

Updated 8:30 p.m. March 27

Collin County saw a nearly 37% rise Friday in the number of reported COVID-19 cases.

The county reported 32 new cases, bringing the county's total to 119 positive tests.

Plano had the largest share of the new cases. Twelve more of the city's residents were confirmed positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the city's total to 41.

McKinney and Frisco each had five new cases reported in Collin County. One Collin County case counted earlier this week was found to be a Dallas County resident, which dropped the earlier total by one, health officials reported.

Updated 2:30 p.m. March 27

A Plano hospital is accepting donations of protective gear as its health system gears up for more coronavirus cases.

After making an appointment by contacting covidresponse@childrens.com, area residents can drop off protective gear in the first-floor parking garage of the Children's Health Plano campus, 7211 Preston Road.

The system’s most urgent needs are for N95 masks; surgical masks with and without shields; disposable gloves; and eye protection, such as safety goggles, Children’s Health said March 27 in a news release.

For more information on what is needed and how to donate, click here.

Updated 8:45 a.m. March 27

Plano now has 29 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to a March 27 media advisory from the city.

Of the 22 new confirmed cases in Collin County on March 26, Plano residents accounted for 11 cases. The total count of confirmed cases is now 88, according to Collin County health officials.

Here is the breakdown of those cases, according to the health report:

  • an Allen male, 41, with no underlying health conditions, recovered;

  • an Allen female, 70, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Dallas male, 55, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Frisco female, 51, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Frisco male, 40, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Frisco female, 34, with no underlying health conditions, recovered;

  • a McKinney male, 32, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a McKinney male, 28, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a McKinney male, 47, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a McKinney female, 62, with underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano male, 52, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano female, 46, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano male, 21, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano female, 48, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano female, 32, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano female, 32, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano female, 68, with no underlying health conditions, hospitalized;

  • a Plano female, 44, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano male, 41, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano female, 32, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home;

  • a Plano female, 73, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home; and

  • a Wylie male, 51, with no underlying health conditions, isolating at home.


Updated 1:30 p.m. March 26

Plano libraries and parks and recreation facilities will remain closed until April 27. Plano City Manager Mark Israelson extended the closure March 26.

This closure includes all event programming and classes. Plano libraries will continue to offer e-resources with educational and entertainment opportunities at www.planolibrary.org.

Updated 11:15 a.m. March 26

The city of Plano’s Parks and Recreation Department is placing social distancing signs at its parks, trails and playgrounds, according to an announcement March 26.

The guidance on the signs include not using parks or trails if exhibiting symptoms; sharing the trail and warning other users of your presence; following recommended social distancing; and being prepared for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.

Updated 10:10 a.m. March 26

Collin County health officials reported 13 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus March 26, bringing the county total to 66. These new cases included two Plano women, ages 40 and 69.

Here is the breakdown of those cases, according to the health report:

  • a 40-year-old Frisco man;

  • a 72-year-old Frisco man;

  • a 40-year-old McKinney man;

  • a 68-year-old McKinney woman;

  • a 65-year-old McKinney man;

  • a 40-year-old Plano woman;

  • a 69-year-old Plano woman;

  • a 41-year-old Wylie man;

  • a 49-year-old Wylie man;

  • an 18-year-old Richardson woman;

  • a 69-year-old Dallas man;

  • a 65-year-old Anna woman; and

  • a 42-year-old Celina man


Updated 1:55 p.m. March 25

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere urged residents to stay home amid what he called "confusion in our community" stemming from various state and local orders.

"While there are few differences among these orders, the message is the same: we must exercise individual and collective responsibility and simply stay home," LaRosiliere said in a March 25 statement.

Plano is currently under a state order, a Denton County order, a Collin County order and a city of Plano emergency declaration, three of which expire in seven days.

In the event any of those orders are allowed to expire without further action from the state, LaRosiliere said he agreed with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson on the need for regional collaboration.

The ultimate message is to stay home, LaRosiliere, who is currently in a 14-day self-quarantine with his family, said in the release.

Updated 10:16 a.m. March 25

Collin County health officials reported eight new cases of the coronavirus March 24.

The new Collin County cases bring its total to 53 confirmed cases. Here is the breakdown of the rest of those new cases, according to county health officials:

  • a 54-year-old man from Allen;

  • a 63-year-old woman from Allen who had close contact with another confirmed case;

  • a 61-year-old Allen woman who had close contact with another person with coronavirus;

  • a 77-year-old Richardson woman with recent international travel;

  • a 42-year-old Melissa man with underlying health conditions and recent domestic travel;

  • a 35-year-old Melissa woman who recently went on domestic travel;

  • a 27-year-old McKinney man who had close contact with another confirmed case; and

  • a 41-year-old Frisco man who has underlying health conditions and is self-isolating in his home


Updated 11:20 a.m. March 24

Plano ISD is expediting its Chromebook distribution following shelter-in-place orders from Dallas County on March 23.

The district hopes to pass out as many Chromebooks as possible March 24. Parents will receive information regarding pickup from home campuses through email or School Messenger, according to the district.

The district also has new hours for its meal pickup as of March 23. Pickup will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and families will be able to receive lunch and breakfast for the next day.

Meals are available at:

  • Armstrong Middle School *(pickup at the bus lane at the rear of the building), 3805 Timberline Drive, Plano;

  • Barron Elementary School, 3300 Avenue P, Plano;

  • Daffron Elementary School, 3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano;

  • IB World School at Huffman Elementary School, 5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano;

  • Meadows Elementary School, 2800 18th St., Plano;

  • Rose Haggar Elementary School, 17820 Campbell Road, Dallas;

  • Sigler Elementary School, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano; and

  • Thomas Elementary School, 1800 Montana Trail, Plano.


Updated 6:15 p.m. March 23

A town hall with U.S. Rep. Van Taylor, Collin County Judge Chris Hill, state Reps. Jeff Leach and Matt Shaheen, and officials from the Collin County Department of Public Health will take place 7 p.m. March 24 via telephone.

Those that would like to participate can register here.

As of March 23, there have been 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Collin County, and eight of those cases have successfully recovered, according to Collin County health reports.

Two individuals are hospitalized, 27 are in home isolation—one is out of state—and there has been one death in Collin County, located in Plano.

There are 78 people being monitored in Collin County at this time.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. March 23

A day after Dallas County announced a stay-at-home order, Collin County officials are looking to implement their own version, according to McKinney Mayor George Fuller.

Fuller said McKinney, along with all other Collin County cities, will be announcing some form of a ‘shelter in place’ requirement Tuesday. The specifics of the order have not been released at this time.

A press conference with details about the order will be held at 10 a.m. March 24 at the Collin County Courthouse, County Judge Chris Hill said during a March 23 commissioners court meeting. At the same meeting, Collin County commissioners voted in favor of continuing a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency.

On March 22, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an order that calls for all residents there to shelter in place beginning at 11:59 p.m. March 23 through April 3 to slow the spread of the virus.

Read more here.

Updated at 11 a.m. March 23

Plano City Council will hold its next public meeting by video conference after postponing it one week.

Plano City Council postponed the video meeting until March 30. It was originally scheduled to be held March 23 at the Plano Municipal Center.

The video conference format is intended to allow greater public participation “while reducing face-to-face contact for government open meetings,” the city said in the meeting notice announcing the postponement.

The city was able to forego the requirement that public meetings be held in a physical space because of a recent order from Gov. Greg Abbott that suspended a portion of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Plano City Council had already approved restrictions to dine-in services at restaurants as well as closures of gyms, movie theaters and bars in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Council was expected to further discuss these restrictions and offer direction to city staff before the meeting was postponed.

Editor's note: This post will be updated regularly with news on the new coronavirus and public response measures. For previous updates, visit this page.
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By Liesbeth Powers

Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano, including education and transportation.
By Daniel Houston

Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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