Coronavirus Update: September 11th, 2020

By The Numbers:
Statistics are current as of September 11th, 8:30am CT  

  • In Texas, 5,405,257 people have been tested, resulting in 649,809 cases and 13,853 deaths, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services. There are an estimated 71,842 active cases in our state, and an estimated 564,114 coronavirus patients in Texas have successfully recovered.  
    • Tarrant County has at least 40,793 confirmed cases, the third-highest number of cases among Texas counties; Parker County has 1,720 confirmed cases; and Wise County has 683.  
  • In the United States, there are at least 6,343,562 cases and 190,262 deaths, as reported by the CDC.

Need to Know:

  • Texas, including Texas 12, is turning the corner. Throughout Texas, including the Fort Worth metroplex, new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have been on a decline, following a peak in mid-July. In Tarrant County, hospitalizations of coronavirus patients have dropped to their lowest levels since June; and according to an expert at UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health, the virus’ community spread has also begun to decline. While its prevalence is declining, remember that the virus is still a threat, so keep doing your part to slow the spread and wear your mask in public—which is required in Tarrant County until November 30th—to keep our momentum strong and our metroplex open for business.
  • Receive Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or VA benefits? There’s time to get your $500 Economic Impact Payment per child. The IRS is reopening the registration period for federal benefits recipients to enter information about qualifying children in order to receive the supplemental $500 Economic Impact Payment per child. Act now to get the IRS to issue your payment of $500 per eligible child by mid-October. You can access the online tool to provide the IRS your information until Wednesday, September 30th. Click here for more.  
  • Apply now to participate in the second round of the ‘Preserve the Fort’ small business grant program. I’m proud to see the CARES Act continuing to deliver for our community. Earlier this summer, the City of Fort Worth partnered with United Way of Tarrant County and local chambers of commerce to launch the ‘Preserve the Fort’ grant program, which used CARES Act funding to provide qualifying Fort Worth small businesses with needed financial relief. The first round was a big success, providing $6.5 million to 882 local businesses. The second round of funding opened this week. Act fast: Fort Worth small businesses have until 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 2nd to apply for grants. Click here to learn more and submit an application.