Coronavirus Update: July 23rd, 2020
By The Numbers:
Statistics are current as July 23rd, 12:00pm CT
- In Texas, 3,104,148 people have been tested, resulting in 351,618 cases and 4,348 deaths, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services. There are an estimated 151,955 active cases in our state, and an estimated 195,315 coronavirus patients in Texas have successfully recovered.
- Tarrant County has at least 22,665 confirmed cases, the fourth-highest number of cases among Texas counties; Parker County has 754; and Wise County has 250.
- In the United States, there are at least 3,882,167 cases and 141,677 deaths, as reported by the CDC.
Need to Know:
- Continue to #MaskUp, Tarrant County, and keep our momentum strong. Across Tarrant County, people have joined the fight against this invisible enemy, following social distancing guidelines and Tarrant County’s mask mandate to keep our metroplex open for business. Amid the recent rise in cases across North Texas, some are questioning if masks are truly effective in slowing the spread. According to a new report from the UNT Health Science Center, “the answer is a resounding yes.” UNTHSC’s latest report finds that there has been a reduction in the number of daily new coronavirus cases, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations since the mask mandate went into effect in Tarrant County, as well as similar reductions in nearby counties with mandates of their own. Click here for more on UNTHSC’s study and here to access UNTHSC’s full report.
- Fort Worth business owners are encouraged to visit https://www.fortworth.com/coronavirus/masks/digital-toolkit/ for printable and digital flyers about the mask mandate they can display at their businesses.
- Return to learning—online for now. On Tuesday, July 21st, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley ordered Tarrant County Public Schools to delay in-person classes until at least September 28th to limit further spread of the coronavirus. In addition, at least three Wise County schools are also delaying reopening until September 28th. While the Fort Worth School District also announced Tuesday, July 21st that classes will be online-only for the first six weeks of school, it mentioned that discussions about a long-term plan for reopening are still ongoing. Parents of students enrolled in a Weatherford ISD school may choose how they want their child be taught for the 2020-2021 school year, through learning at school or online.
- Get free coronavirus at JP Elder Middle School. This week, registration opened for Tarrant County residents interested in a free saliva test for the coronavirus. Tests are administered by appointment only: register online at covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com, or call 817-248-6299 to schedule an appointment.
- To locate a testing site anywhere in Texas, visit bit.ly/txcovidtest.