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WHY TARRANT COUNTY’S LOWER NEW CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS MIGHT NOT BE A SIGN OF PROGRESS
Tarrant County reported only seven new coronavirus cases on Monday, the third consecutive day of single-digit totals.

County health officials, however, caution that the low Fort Worth News totals could be because of a temporary lag in lab results being reported.

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The county has confirmed 1,249 COVID-19 cases, including 39 deaths and 208 recovered patients.

After 11 consecutive days with 38 or more new cases, the county reported six, eight and seven the past three days. Until six new cases were reported on Saturday, the county hadn’t reported single-digit new cases since March 29.

DALLAS COUNTY WILL ‘SCRAP AND CLAW’ FOR CORONAVIRUS TESTS, AS 84 NEW CASES REPORTED
Dallas County reported 84 new coronavirus cases on Monday.

The total confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 2,512, including 60 deaths.

The county is not reporting recovered patient totals.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins cautioned in a news release that some private labs do not report results on Sunday and urged residents to continue social distancing.

“We continue to scrap and claw for more testing and you must continue to exercise good personal responsibility decisions, limit essential personal business trips and wear a cloth covering when you go to essential businesses,” Jenkins said. “Like cooking and golf, if you rush it you ruin it.”

JOHNSON COUNTY REPORTS 8 MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES, 52 TOTAL ACROSS 7 CITIES, RURAL AREAS
Johnson County added eight new coronavirus cases over the weekend for a total of 52.

There are COVID-19 cases in seven cities, plus unincorporated Johnson County, including 22 in Burleson, 14 in rural areas, eight in Cleburne, three in Alvarado, two in Mansfield and one each in Joshua, Keene and Venus.

The county is not reporting recovered patients. Burleson officials are reporting 11 recoveries and there have been patient recoveries reported in Mansfield and Cleburne. Burleson is reporting three additional cases as of Saturday, including at least one who is a resident of Tarrant County and is not among Johnson County’s total.

FORT WORTH-AREA CONGRESSMAN WANTS AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO SUE CHINA OVER CORONAVIRUS
Americans and governments across the United States would have the ability to sue the government of China for the spread of coronavirus, under a bill filed in Congress.

Republican U.S. Reps. Ron Wright of Arlington and Chris Smith of New Jersey have introduced House Resolution 6524. It essentially strips China — and any other country “which intentionally misleads” the World Health Organization — of sovereign immunity.

A statement by the two said lawsuits against China would hold that country “accountable for the deaths, pain and suffering — as well as the economic crisis — resulting from its intentional misrepresentations” to WHO, which let COVID-19 “spread viciously throughout the U.S. and around the globe.”

Knowing full well that they had a deadly, and highly contagious disease on their hands, as late as mid-January China’s communist leaders told the WHO that there was no need for any precautions, as everything was under control,” Smith wrote in a statement. “Fact is, it wasn’t.

“Many Americans have died prematurely, some will suffer permanent injuries, while still others will suffer harm to their businesses because of the Chinese government’s lies. My bill makes it possible for Americans to recover some of what they have lost from China.”

DALLAS CORONAVIRUS TESTS OPEN TO GROCERY STORE WORKERS, ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL WITHOUT SYMPTOMS
Dallas County will open its coronavirus test sites to include essential personnel with no symptoms beginning Monday.

Essential workers include first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, and Press Release Distribution Service In Fort Worth grocery store and essential retail store employees.

The sites operate daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are located in Dallas at American Airlines Center, Parking Lot E, 2500 Victory Plaza, and Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S Polk St.

Criteria for COVID-19 testing sites are as follows:

• Anyone with a temperature of 99.6 or higher and shortness of breath or cough.

• Anyone 65 or older.

• Anyone with chronic health issues (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc.)

• Any first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, grocery store and essential retail store workers.

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