Category Archives: COVID-19

Tarrant County COVID Testing Information

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If you are interested in scheduling a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test in your area, please provide your zip code to ensure you’re in the serviced area then click “Get Started” to begin the screening process. This screening tool is intended for persons 18 years of age or older. For questions about getting your child tested, please contact their medical provider.

Please visit CovidTesting.TarrantCounty.com for additional information

Self-Screening for COVID-19

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This screening tool is intended for persons 18 years of age or older. For questions about getting your child tested, please contact your medical provider.

CLICK HERE TO PROCEED –> https://covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com/

You will receive an eligibility determination and instructions for testing based on your responses, testing availability and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. We know that this can be an uncertain time for you and your loved ones and appreciate you taking the time to take care of your health.

Because COVID-19 is new, we are learning new things every day. You should stay informed by visiting cdc.gov or coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com. Remember, not all the information you may hear from other people or on the internet is true and you should call your physician or the Tarrant county hotline at 817-248-6299 with any questions.

You will not be charged for this test. Please have your insurance card ready. In order to provide testing to as many people as possible, the lab company will try to bill your insurance to help offset the cost of the test. 

Regardless, if your insurance doesn’t pay or you don’t have insurance you will not be charged. Having insurance is not used in determining eligibility for testing. If you are having problems with the self-screening tool, please call our hotline number at 817-248-6299 and someone will assist you in filling in the form.

88% of Americans now using face masks, 29% Say They May Never be Comfortable Shopping in Stores Again

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My-Post-156A new nationwide survey from Fast shows that the vast majority of Americans – 88% – are now using face masks, but 19% want to personally receive a COVID-19 vaccine before they feel safe shopping in stores again, while another 29% say they may never be comfortable buying in person again.

Even as additional businesses are starting to reopen around the country, Fast’s survey found that 22% of Americans are shopping more online specifically to avoid wearing face masks in stores. Additional mask usage habits include:

  • 58% wear masks in stores
  • 51% wear them in crowds where they can’t maintain 6-foot social distancing
  • 41% wear masks when required by a business or government
  • 35% wear them every time they go outside
  • 24% wear masks at work
  • 10% never wear a mask

Read more from Texas News Today…

Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over North Texas Wednesday in salute to COVID-19 responders

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A formation of jets from the Navy’s Blue Angels, left, and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds fly over Atlanta, to show support for medical workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak, Saturday, May 2, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The U.S. military’s elite squadrons of trick flyers will buzz across North Texas skies Wednesday as part of a nationwide salute to doctors, nurses, first responders and other essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over the Dallas and Fort Worth areas Wednesday morning, according to the demonstration squadron’s Twitter channel. The demonstrations are part of the “America Strong” tour that flew over Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Atlanta on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are set for demonstrations over Houston and New Orleans as well. There are plans to fly over other major cities in the U.S. in the coming weeks, but dates have not been announced.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News…

RESTAURANT OWNERS SPLIT ON DECISION TO RE-OPEN, DAYS AFTER NEW ORDER FROM GOV. GREG ABBOTT

Author: Alex Rozier (WFAA)

It has been an unprecedented few weeks in the restaurant industry, and this week many in Texas re-opened, after receiving the go-ahead from Gov. Greg Abbott to open at 25% capacity. 

Throughout DFW some restaurants chose to re-open while others are going to wait until a later day.

Tim Love owns nine establishments in North Texas. He put together an extensive 15-page playbook as he works to keep his team and customers safe.

Read more from WFAA…

The City of Fort Worth will host the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS)

Screen Shot 2020-04-29 at 11.29.18 AMThe City of Fort Worth in conjunction with Battelle Memorial Institute, Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) will begin accepting N95 filtration masks that have been used by First Responders or Health Care Professionals. Each mask will be inspected and complete a through decontamination process up to twenty times enhancing the life expectancy of this protective equipment important in the fight against Covid-19.

In order to allow current personal protective equipment (PPE) inventories to continue to stay above minimum numbers the FDA has approved Battelle to decontaminate N95 masks that are routinely considerable disposable. The site in Fort Worth will eventually be able to process up to 80,000 masks every 24 hours. The Battelle/Fort Worth site will serve as a regional hub and serve Texans from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods.

Health Care Organizations and First Responder Agencies will need to register with Battelle to receive information. “We are pleased to partner with a highly recognized organization such as Battelle to help coordinate this process of prolonging our PPE” said Ft. Worth Fire Chief James Davis. “It will allow Fort Worth to help our regional healthcare partners while continuing to provide care and maintain our inventory of N95 masks”.

For further information about Battelle and their process please visit their website at https://www.battelle.org.

Let the Bidding Begin: Dishing Out Relief Auction to Benefit Texas Restaurants

DALLAS, April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), the leading business association for Texas’ $70.6 billion food service industry, has teamed up with Dallas-based digital marketing firm Lux214 Media Group to fund the TX Restaurant Relief Fund through a week-long online auction.

The auction consists of exclusive chef and food experiences, gift certificates, products, memorabilia, and much more. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the TX Restaurant Relief Fund, which was established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has created a challenge of catastrophic magnitude for the restaurant industry. In Texas, the pandemic has caused 688,000 job losses, $80 billion in lost sales revenue, and has caused 34% of Texas’ 50,000 restaurants to close since March 15.

“Our team is working hard to put critical funds directly into the hands of the Texas restaurant communities’ most vulnerable population, independent restaurant owners, which in turn will help to save the jobs of the workers they employ,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, TRA President and CEO. “Restaurants in Texas are facing a catastrophe unlike we’ve ever seen. We are inspired by their determination and appreciate the support from our partners as we work to save restaurants.”

The auction is open to everyone – industry and the general public – and will also accept direct donations. The online auction can be seen at DishingOutRelief.com.

The bidding began Wednesday, April 29 at midnight and will end on Wednesday, May 6, at midnight. Items up for bidding range in price from $25 to $20,000. Items up for bidding include:

  • Wolfgang Puck autographed chef jacket
  • 5 course private dinner for 10 by Chef Stephan Pyles
  • Courtside Dallas Mavericks tickets and photo with player
  • Dinner party for 10 with Chef Kent Rathbun at private residence
  • Front Burner home dinner party experience with Chefs from Ida Claire, Mexican Sugar and Whiskey Cake
  • A year’s supply of Vital Farms Eggs
  • Lucchese Bootmaker gift card for $500
  • A private in-home wine tasting presented by Court of Master Sommelier Certified Professional
  • Tickets to sporting events
  • Gift Cards
  • Much more

“This is a cause that hits really close to home for me,” said Donna Tanner, co-founder of Lux214 Media Group and an executive in the restaurant industry in Texas for more than 30 years. “When the opportunity presented itself for our firm to help, we jumped at the chance. The money raised in this auction is going to pump some much-needed life into a multi-billion-dollar industry in Texas that desperately needs it.”

TRA has set a goal to raise a minimum of $10 million for the fund and Lux214 Media group hopes that this auction will help them reach that goal and support as many of Texas’ independently owned restaurants as possible. The objective is to provide immediate relief by getting the money to restaurants quickly.

“It is critical that people from all across Texas come together in solidarity to help in this time of crisis,” said Chef Stephan Pyles. “It is not only crucial for the economy in our great state, but for our culture. The funds we raise from this auction will make a significant impact on saving the restaurant industry in Texas, and by doing so, will be saving our culture and unique traditions.”

Grapevine Walgreens goes back to normal business hours

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Hey Grapevine! As of yesterday (4/28), Walgreens has gone back to their pre-COVID hours. They are open from 6am – Midnight again.

Location: 912 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine Texas 76051

Phone: (817) 310-3072

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They have paper products in stock and all employees are requited to wear masks and gloves. Social distancing markers are still in place.

Texas businesses can begin reopening Friday. Here are answers to key questions about the governor’s plan

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Some businesses in North Texas will reopen this week because Gov. Greg Abbott has announced he’ll let his executive order requiring Texans to stay at home expire Thursday.

His three-phase plan to reopen the state will begin Friday, when malls, restaurants and movie theaters can reopen if they follow certain procedures.

Here are some answers to common questions about phase one of the governor’s plan.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News…

GUIDE: Know when and where to grocery shop in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake during the pandemic

By Gavin Pugh 

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Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake grocery stores are finding ways to offer food to everyone while also attempting to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Innovations include online ordering, curbside pickup, direct delivery and senior hours.

Here is an interactive map with updated hours and other details on local grocery stores. This list is not comprehensive, but it will be updated regularly.

To alert our news staff about potential updates, email gcsnews@communityimpact.com.

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