Mental Health

From Immigration To Business To Mental Health: How Coronavirus Is Affecting Texas

From immigration to business to mental health, the coronavirus is affecting North Texas.

More than 300 people are now confirmed to have COVID-19 in Dallas County. Officials Thursday reported 56 new cases. The county is also reporting its seventh death — a Dallas woman in her 90s. Denton County is reporting a total of 83 cases, including the county’s first death — a Lewisville man in his 40s. Meanwhile, Tarrant County is reporting 100 total cases and Collin County says it has 66. Across Texas, state health officials report about 1,400 cases.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday announced a new executive order that requires airport travelers flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Click on the audio above to listen to coverage of COVID-19 in Texas from the KERA News team.

  • Coronavirus and immigration: More than 38,000 people are detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Medical experts say they’re being held in facilities that are tinderboxes for a coronavirus outbreak. Now, many are calling for them to be released.
  • Coronavirus and business: Last October, when tornadoes ripped through Dallas, a toy store lost its roof, and half its inventory. Rebuilding would take it down to the studs, so owners scrambled to find a temporary location and re-launched before the holidays. The threat of coronavirus means the store is now shuttered again — for the second time in six months.

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