From Texas-Mexico Border To Restaurants To Faith: How Coronavirus Is Affecting Texas

Mar 28, 2020
Originally published on March 27, 2020 5:19 pm

From life along the Texas-Mexico border to the Dallas restaurant scene, coronavirus is affecting Texas.

Texas is reporting more than 1,900 cases of COVID-19 and at least 26 deaths.

Dallas County on Friday reported 64 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total count to 367. The county has the most infections in the state.

Elsewhere in North Texas, Tarrant County is reporting a total of 114 cases. Collin County has adjusted its case count to 87 -- because an earlier case turned out to be a Dallas County resident.

In Denton County, officials on Friday announced 31 new cases of COVID-19 at a facility for people with disabilities. Thirty-nine residents have now tested positive at the Denton State Supported Living Center.

Click on the audio above to listen to coverage of COVID-19 in Texas from the KERA News team.

Coronavirus and preventing spread: Counties around Texas are calling for additional help in fighting the spread of the coronavirus. In Dallas County, that includes help from the military.

Coronavirus and the border: Along the Texas-Mexico border, public health authorities often work together and it feels more like one region than two different nations. That's the case in El Paso and Juarez. But the response to the COVID-19 threat has exposed differences in the approaches taken by the U.S. and Mexico as they try to slow the spread of the virus. That’s meant that while the pause button has been pushed to the north, life is going on much as usual on the southern side of the border.

Coronavirus and the restaurant scene: Takeout and drive-through may work well for fast food joints and chains, but not so much for locally-owned places that also serve as community hubs. The kind of restaurants perfect for a family meal or brunch, a first date or a work lunch. We have a look at two eateries in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas.

Coronavirus, faith and fear: For a second straight weekend, North Texans won’t be able to attend religious services. And for those who find comfort in faith, the ban is particularly tough. We hear from sociologist Christopher Bader about the connection between religious observance and how people process fear - and about what to do when gathering together isn’t an option.

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