Latest in Plano: Health officials report eight new coronavirus cases in Plano

This is a test kit for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)
This is a test kit for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)

This is a test kit for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)

Editor's note: This post is a running list of news items related to coronavirus that will be updated throughout the week. For last week's updates, click here.

Updated at 7:05 p.m. April 5

The city of Plano had eight new confirmed cases of coronavirus as of April 5, bringing the city's total cases to 95, according to county health data.

Health officials in Collin County confirmed another 11 cases of coronavirus in other parts of the county. That brings the county's total to 287 confirmed cases with 102 having recovered.

Collin County data on the breakdown of cases is available on this dashboard.

Updated at 9:02 p.m. April 4

Collin County is reporting 13 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the county's total to 268 as of April 4.

A 67-year-old Frisco woman with underlying health complications became the county's third death connected to COVID-19, according to health officials.

To date, there have been 993 negative tests for COVID-19, county health officials reported.

Collin County is providing a more detailed breakdown of cases on this dashboard.

Updated 4:30 p.m. April 3

Collin County health officials announced April 3 that an Anna woman in her 40s has died due to COVID-19, the county's second coronavirus-related death.

The woman died in a local hospital April 2. No other personal details were shared.

“All of us at Collin County are saddened at the report of a second COVID-19 death within our community,” Collin County Judge Chris Hill said in the release. “To her family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Collin County had reported 227 confirmed cases as of the afternoon of April 3.

Updated at 7 p.m. April 2

The number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Collin County has risen to 227, with 156 of those cases still considered active.

Of those known to have the virus, 26 were hospitalized late April 2, according to the Collin County health authority.

Seventy county residents who tested positive for the virus have since recovered.

Updated at 7 p.m. April 1

Children’s Medical Center Plano will accept protective equipment donations for its health workers April 2 as the hospital system gears up for more coronavirus cases.

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.

The system also needs disinfectant, face shields, disposable gowns, hand soap and hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol, according to the release.

Physical item donations are being accepted by appointment only. Those interested should email, then make an appointment to drop off between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 2 in the first floor parking garage at Children's Health Specialty Center 2 Plano, 7211 Preston Road.

Updated at 10 a.m. April 1

The number of people hospitalized in Collin County with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus jumped to 24 the morning of April 1, up from 16 the previous day, as the total number of cases continued to rise.

In all, there have been 184 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported to the county health authority, a number 15% higher than the tally reported March 31. Most confirmed cases have not required hospitalization.

So far, 53 people in the North Texas county are known to have successfully recovered from the virus. One is confirmed to have died from the virus.

Hundreds more were under monitoring for similar symptoms.

Updated at 5:15 p.m. March 31

Plano ISD schools will remain closed through May 1, according to a March 31 letter from PISD Superintendent Sara Bonser.

The decision is based on Gov. Greg Abbott’s March 31 executive order, which extends the recommended closure of Texas schools, according to Bonser.

“We know that while you are home with your children, many of you are also working from home, and we want to continue to do whatever we can to ease your burden,” Bonser said in the letter. “We will continue to support you at home with our meal services, with technology support, with continued enhancements of remote learning and with school supplies if they are needed.”

Grades will not be assigned or recorded from March 23-April 3, and the district will move into its next phase of remote learning after this week, Bonser said. Additional grading guidelines will be shared with students, family and staff at a later date, she said.

Updated at 1:30 p.m. March 31

Collin County health officials and hospitals have released information about new coronavirus cases, including the percentage of confirmed cases with travel history and the percentage of those hospitalized being treated for the coronavirus.

Find two charts exploring that data below:

Updated at 1 p.m. March 31

The county health authority has reported 26 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the county total to 160 confirmed positive tests.

Of those 160, 112 were active cases. Sixteen confirmed Collin County coronavirus patients were being treated in area hospitals.

County health officials said Monday these confirmed reports are not a full picture of the number of people affected by the virus.

Updated at 9:53 a.m. March 31

Collin County unveiled its new interactive dashboard March 30, which shows updated information on coronavirus cases in the county.

In addition to showing the number of new cases confirmed each day and the county's total number of cases, the dashboard also lists information on how many people have recovered, died and are hospitalized. A map shows which cities in the county have seen confirmed cases as well as a breakdown of cases by age and gender.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. March 30

Collin County Judge Chris Hill said his stay-at-home order last week, which ordered residents to stay home except for essential activities and defined all business as essential—, as not intended to stop the county's mayors from imposing further restrictions.

Hill's statement was offered at the March 30 Collin County Commissioners Court meeting after Mayor George Fuller of McKinney asked Hill to make clear that his intent did not conflict with the city's shelter-in-place order.

"I’ve been very consistent that it has always been my intention to allow the cities and the mayors to have room to implement their own ... guidelines," Hill said at the meeting. "I’m not the arbiter of their guidelines."

The McKinney shelter-in-place order has been challenged in a lawsuit that holds implications for cities across the county. A district court is expected to issue a ruling March 31 on whether the city of McKinney's order conflicted with the county's in an unlawful way.

As of March 30, Plano had not imposed a version of shelter-in-place. The city has banned all dine-in services at restaurants and closed bars, movie theaters and gyms.

Updated at 5:15 p.m. March 30

Collin County's most recent total of confirmed coronavirus cases sits at 134.

The number was identical to the previous day's total, but it was unclear whether more updates would come in the evening of March 30.

Thirteen people with confirmed positive tests for the virus were reported as hospitalized. Due to limits in testing and reporting, this total likely did not reflect the full number of coronavirus patients being treated at local hospitals, according to a staff report at the March 30 Collin County Commissioners Court meeting.

There were 170 people under monitoring at the time of the most recent report.
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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