Coronavirus Update: May 12, 2020

By The Numbers:
Statistics are current as May 12, 12:00pm CT  

  • In Texas, 525,697 people have been tested, resulting in 38,869 cases and 1,100 deaths, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services. An estimated 1,725 patients are in Texas hospitals, and an estimated 21,713 coronavirus patients in Texas have successfully recovered.
    • Tarrant County has at least 3,695 confirmed cases; Parker County has 45 confirmed cases; and Wise County has 30. Tarrant County added 485 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, 423 of which are from the outbreak at Federal Medical Center Fort Worth.
  • In the United States, more than 1 million cases of coronavirus have now been diagnosed. There are at least 1,324,488 cases and 79,756 deaths, as reported by the CDC


Need to Know:

  • Saving lives, while staying #TexasBizStrong. Last Friday, May 8th, Governor Abbott ended stay-at-home orders across Texas and has allowed certain businesses to reopen at 25% capacity. Businesses and services that may currently reopen include churches, restaurants, retailers, hair salons, libraries, parks, and more, although certain services—like child-care centers—are open only to essential workers at this time. Visit the Open Texas webpage for more detailed information.
    • If you chose to visit any of these newly re-opened businesses or services, do your part and follow health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services for each type of activity, so that we can continue to save lives as well as jumpstart our  economy.
      Governor Abbott’s phased reopening of our state recently earned praise from President Trump, who hosted the Governor at the White House last week for a meeting about the process to reopen America safely and strategically.
  • Small business owners: Time to “Protect the Fort.” Tomorrow, May 13th, applications open for “Protect the Fort,” a new small business grant program from the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Black Chamber of Commerce, Visit Fort Worth, and Facebook. Act fast and visit for more information and to apply.
  • Get Your Payment. Last Friday, May 8th, the IRS and Treasury Department released new data showing that around 130 million Americans have received their Economic Impact Payment, with over 10.7 million Texans receiving over $18.7 billion in payments. If you are among those Texans who have not received a payment, the IRS has an updated FAQ about the program and is providing multiple web links through which you can check on the status of your impact payment.