Tarrant County Reports Three Additional COVID-19 Deaths

NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
April 02, 2020 - 10:24 am

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Tarrant County says three more people have died from the coronavirus, COVID-19. A total of six people have now died in the county from coronavirus.

Tarrant County Public Health says two people lived in Forest Hill; one lived in Fort Worth. The health department says all three were "elderly" and had underlying health conditions.

Through Thursday morning, Tarrant County had confirmed 288 cases of coronavirus, adding another 18 Wednesday. Judge Glen Whitley says he has noticed more people willing to stay home to slow the spread.

"I want to tell everybody how much I appreciate them listening and beginning to understand this is a very serious issue," he says.

Whitley says he is now comparing the governor's order this week with the county's own "stay at home" order to see if there are any differences in regulations or what qualifies as an "essential service."

"I think what the governor was saying is we now need to do something state-wide," he says. "To do that, he put out his stay-in-place order, which is very similar to ours, maybe a little less restrictive."

The state-wide order allows religious services to continue. Whitley says he has talked with the Catholic bishop of Fort Worth, the bishop of the United Methodist Church and the executive director of Tarrant Churches Together. He says most churches are planning to live stream services.

Whitley says some churches without the ability to live stream have said they would let people park in their lot and listen to services on their car radios using a small transmitter.

"The churches, the synagogues, the mosques, all these folks understand the people who are the most vulnerable are the older adults or folks with underlying health issues," he says. "And they recognize many of the foundations of their denominations are the older adults."