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COVID-19 updates: Teacher at Dallas County school died due to coronavirus, officials said

Officials say a total of 2,874 people in Dallas County have lost their lives to the coronavirus.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available on Feb. 23.

Dallas County officials reported 412 additional COVID-19 cases, including 112 probable cases from antigen testing, and 19 more deaths. 

To date, more than 243,000 cases have been confirmed in Dallas County, and 2,874 people have died, officials said. 

The death of a teacher at a school in Dallas County school from COVID-19 was confirmed this week, county officials said in a release.

Among the deaths reported Tuesday: 

  • A Dallas woman in her 30s. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.          
  • A Garland man in his 50s had been hospitalized.  
  • A Dallas man in his 60s in a long-term care facility. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.             
  • A Mesquite woman in her 60s. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.  
  • A Dallas man in his 60s who had been hospitalized.     
  • A Dallas man in his 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Irving man in his 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A Garland woman in her 70s who had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions. 
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.             
  • Two Dallas men in their 80s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions. 
  • A Mesquite man in his 80s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.          
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Desoto. She expired in the facility and had underlying high risk health conditions.    
  • Two men in their 80s who were residents of long-term care facilities in the City of Garland. One had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions. The other expired in the facility and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.   
  • A Dallas man in his 80s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.    
  • A Dallas woman in her 90s who expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.    
  • A woman in her 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Garland. She expired in the facility and did not have underlying high risk health conditions.  

Officials said that 466 children under 18 years have been hospitalized since the pandemic began, including 37 children diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrom (MIS-C). Over 80% of the MIS-C cases were diagnosed in children who were Black or Latino.

Collin County reported 123 new cases, according to state data.

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Denton County reports more than 800 new coronavirus cases

Denton County officials confirmed 837 new cases on Tuesday, after reporting more than 900 the previous day. 

Officials said more than 700 of those new cases are active.

The county has had 61,991 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Fort Worth festival canceled

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic. The announcement was made Tuesday morning.

The festival, which was supposed to take place from April 15 to 18, has been rescheduled for April 7 to 10 of next year. 

“The safety and well-being of our festivalgoers, artists, entertainers, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors remain our top priority," said Nina Petty, chairwoman of the Festivals and Events Committee for DFWII and member of the DFWII board of directors. 

Event organizers said final plans for next year's festival will be released at a later time. 

"We had hoped to hold a festival this year; however public health concerns will not allow us to do this safely. We appreciate everyone’s continued support during these times and look forward to seeing everyone next year," Petty said.

A festival producer also released a written statement, expressing how the pandemic has impacted the performing arts community. 

“It’s an extremely difficult time for artists and entertainers from across the country,” festival producer Jay Downie said. 

Downie asked people to visit their online gallery to support the artists.

Bus transportation to Denton County vaccination clinics

Denton County, the Denton County Transportation Authority, and Span Inc. are working together to provide bus transportation to vaccination clinics beginning Friday. 

County officials said the free service is only available to people who have a scheduled appointment at Texas Motor Speedway. The buses will go through a mass transit lane at TMS to help provide vaccines in a timely manner, the county said.

Texas Motor Speedway is reopening on Wednesday to give people their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Denton County will continue with first dose appointments on the week of March 1. 

People must have appointments through the DCPH Vaccine Interest Portal.

Anyone interested in transportation to TMS should call the DCTA Customer Service at 940-243-0077 as soon as they receive a text, email, or phone notification of their vaccination appointment. 

Buses will be available at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, or 2 p.m. from two locations – the DCTA Downtown Denton Transit Center, 604 E. Hickory St., in Denton or the Hebron station, 952 Lakeside Circle in Lewisville.

Passengers must have proof of their appointment ready to show the DCTA shuttle operator. The bus will only be going to TMS. Those who don't have an appointment will not be able to get a vaccine, officials said. 

People must also wear a face mask and stay six feet apart when riding the bus. Officials said they will coordinate with Span Inc. to provide transportation to anyone with special needs or without access to transportation to one of the two locations listed above.