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Stay At Home ordered for individuals in Tarrant County

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has signed a declaration ordering individuals within Tarrant County to stay at home and limit errands to those that are essential, such as groceries and medications.

The order begins at 11:59PM tonight through April 7th.

“All persons currently residing within the incorporated and unincorporated territory of Tarrant County shall stay at their place of residence, except as allowed by this Order. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Travel, to work in Essential Businesses, Government Service, or Essential Critical Infrastructure, or to perform Minimum Basic Operations.”

All businesses in Tarrant County will be closed to the public, unless they are deemed to be essential.

All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside the home are also prohibited.

“We’re not out here trying to find people to fine,” said Judge Whitley when asked how law enforcement will enforce the measures. He did say that as police patrol neighborhoods, if they see congregated activity at local parks and other public areas, officers will advise them to disperse. The order reads: “Any person who violates this Executive Order may be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or confinement for a period not exceeding 180 days.”

“Any business who can work virtually should,” said Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth. “Everyone else: when you are home, stay home.”

Read the full Executive Order, including definitions and other guidelines, here.

Suspects open fire into vehicle along I-30 in west Fort Worth; one person killed, one injured

The Fort Worth Police Department and Tarrant County Sheriffs deputies all responded to a shooting early this morning in the area of West Freeway (Interstate 30) near Linkcrest Drive.

At 4:55AM, officers received word of a homicide in the 3800 block of Linklea Drive.

Upon arrival, Fort Worth officers determined the shooting occurred at West Freeway (Interstate 30) service road near Linkcrest Drive.

A man and his girlfriend were traveling in a vehicle returning to their home when another vehicle pulled beside them. Suspects in the vehicle opened fire into the victim’s vehicle. The man was killed. His girlfriend was transported to the hospital with injuries from broken glass. She is in stable condition.

There are no suspects in custody at this time.

One of our followers stated she heard two gunshots and a woman yelling for help at around this time.

Police are investigating the incident.

New Coronavirus cases reported in Dallas, Plano; officials urge community to avoid public gatherings

The Dallas County Health and Human Services division says there are two new Coronavirus cases in their city. One is a man in his 30’s and the other is a man in his 40’s. One of the cases is related to international travel and the other is related to cruise travel.

These new cases in Dallas County bring the total count to 9 presumptive positive cases. The cases will be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

“The number of cases will continue to rise,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “The rate at which they rise will depend on the extent to which we all act responsibly to prevent community spread.”

Earlier today, the city of Plano says they have also received a presumptive positive case of Coronavirus in their city. She is a 47-year-old woman not connected to any other cases in North Texas. She is self-isolating at her home. This brings the total number of presumptive positive cases in Collin County to 6.

There are 50 confirmed cases in the state of Texas. Statewide and local disasters have been declared as officials urge the public to avoid public gatherings. The declarations prohibit or strongly discourage gatherings of 250+ in an open setting, public or private.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories

Gatherings of 250+ prohibited or strongly discouraged across North Texas

Local disaster declarations have been issued for many counties and cities across the North Texas area. These declarations have been ordered in an effort to hinder the spread of the Coronavirus within the region.

Many counties, including Dallas and Tarrant, along with major cities, such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton, Cleburne, Carrollton and others, have signed local disaster declarations. Governor Greg Abbott has also signed a statewide disaster declaration.

These disaster declarations prohibit or strongly discourage public or private gatherings of 250 people or more in one single open space for the next week. Additionally, they strongly recommend organizers of events of any size in which people will be in close contact to cancel or postpone such events, if possible.

“Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people,” states the Tarrant County declaration, such as encouraging telework when possible, urge employees to stay home if sick, and clean / disinfect surfaces in the workplace.

A number of large gatherings in the area, such as NBA / NHL / MLB games, concerts, church services, and conferences have been canceled or postponed at this time. A majority of school districts and college campuses across the area have extended their spring break until the end of March, or moved classes online to lessen the contact with others who may be sick.

Helpful links:

Tarrant County – Disaster Declaration and COVID-19 Information

Dallas County – Disaster Declaration and COVID-19 Information

Denton County – Disaster Declaration

Collin County – COVID-19 Information

Parker County – COVID-19 Information

Rockwall County – COVID-19 Information

Johnson County – COVID-19 Information

Ellis County – COVID-19 Information

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories

Local state of disaster declared for Tarrant County amid statewide disaster declaration for Coronavirus

Judge Glen Whitley has declared a local state of disaster for Tarrant County as officials continue to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The first presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Tarrant County was confirmed on Wednesday of this week. Officials have identified a second resident in Tarrant County with a presumptive positive test result. He or she is an overseas traveler.

According to the disaster declaration, events with over 250 attendees are to be canceled. County officials also strongly recommended any gatherings involving close contact within each other be postponed or canceled. “Anyone who is sick or has a member of family who is sick should not attend.” They also say “high risk” individuals should not attend events.

Officials also say all nonessential travel be canceled.

There are currently a total of twelve (12) cases of the Coronavirus reported in the North Texas area: two in Tarrant County, five in Dallas County, and five in Collin County. No cases are reported in Denton, Ellis, Parker, and Rockwall counties.

There are at least 23 cases reported statewide. The first was reported in the Houston area.

“A proclamation certifying that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster in the state and declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas,” reads a disaster declaration from Governor Abbott.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories

Armed man shot and killed by Garland police after firing shots at them from his house

The Garland Police Department responded to a disturbance involving a weapon around midnight in the 1900 block of Vail Drive.

When officers arrived, they attempted to speak with individuals in the garage of the house. During this encounter, at least one person begin firing shots at officers through the garage door. The officers retreated to safety and notified SWAT.

During the investigation, officers learned a child was sleeping in the house where the suspect had barricaded himself. Fearing for the safety of the child, SWAT officers made entry into the house and encountered the suspected armed with two pistols. One SWAT officer discharged his firearm, killing the suspect.

The child was found unharmed in the house.

The incident remains under investigation.

More Coronavirus cases confirmed in Dallas County; judge issues emergency declaration

The Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting a total of five (5) new presumptive positive cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Dallas County. These cases are in addition to the three (3) that were already reported.

One of the presumptive positive Coronavirus patients has no domestic or international travel history, indicating he or she contracted the virus from community spread.

“I have filed this evening a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency, and I’m issuing a community gathering order effective 11AM tomorrow, March 13th, prohibiting community gatherings of more than 500 people,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Officials say two of the patients are hospitalized and three are isolated at home. They have been identified as a woman in her 70’s, a man in 40’s, a man in 50’s, a man in his 60’s, and a woman in 60’s. One of them lives in Balch Springs, and the others live in the city of Dallas.

As of 11AM Friday, and continuing until 11AM on March 20th (unless extended), public or private community gatherings with 500+ attendees in a single open space are prohibited in Dallas County.

The declaration order does not include places such as schools, movie theaters, or office towers, since there are multiple “separate enclosed spaces” within the building.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories

Official releases from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins posted below:

Driver flees scene after hitting, killing bicyclist in east Dallas

The Dallas Police Department and Fire-Rescue Department responded to a major accident last night around 10:51PM in the 6600 block of Scyene Road.

Police say a bicyclist was westbound on Scyene Road when the crash occurred. The bicyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene. His or her identity has not yet been released.

The driver fled the scene and did not stop to render aid. Officials say the vehicle is a gray or tan pickup truck.

The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of the driver, contact Dallas PD and reference incidents 048458-2020 and 048459-2020.

Man jaywalking struck and killed by vehicle in Oak Cliff

The Dallas Police Department responded to a major accident last night around 8:37PM in the 3300 block of S. Polk Street at W. Kiest Blvd.

Police say a man was attempting to cross Polk Street, not in a crosswalk, from west to east when he was struck by a northbound vehicle.

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. His identity has not yet been released.

Reports indicate the 44-year-old driver remained at the scene.

Dallas PD is investigating this crash.

One killed, one in custody after shooting in south Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Police Department responded to a shooting on Wednesday evening around 11:30PM in the 8700 block of Hunters Trail.

When officers arrived, they found a male victim inside of a house with apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The suspect was located in the front yard of the residence and is currently in police custody. Detectives are interviewing the suspect at this time to determine the circumstances of the event.

The victim has been identified as a 35-year-old man who lived at the home.

The investigation is still underway.

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