The original plan for Thanksgiving was that nothing would be different.
Eight members of Jesse Gonzales’ family would come from all over North Texas for a traditional turkey dinner in his Dallas home, just like they do every year. His grandchildren would run around the house and Jesse would watch football with his son while other family members caught up and retold old stories.
Then, the family got a wake-up call.
Health officials predict most Texans won't have access to COVID-19 vaccine until July at the earliest
If a COVID-19 vaccine is ready next month, Texas health officials predict it won’t be widely available to Texans until at least July.
Under the state’s vaccine distribution plan, vulnerable people, including health care workers, older people and people with underlying medical conditions would likely be the first to get the vaccine in the early months that it’s available.
Texans with developmental disabilities in state homes still don’t have visitors. Their parents worry they don’t know why.
Stephanie Kirby saw her son Petre just three times in the past six months — visits that were possible only because he was in the hospital. Two of the hospital visits stemmed from Petre Kirby self-harming; the other was for a scheduled appointment.
Outside of those painful and brief visits, Stephanie Kirby is otherwise unable to hug, comfort or see in person her 28-year-old son, who has an intellectual disability and functions at the level of a 3-year-old.
Texas leaders hope rapid testing will restore normalcy in the pandemic. Health experts caution the tests have limitations.
State and business leaders are hanging their hopes on the promise of new rapid coronavirus tests that they say could allow Texans to return to aspects of their daily lives more safely during the pandemic, at least until a COVID-19 vaccine is made widely available.
Wearing T-shirts, buttons or hats supporting political candidates at the polls is illegal. But in the pandemic era, voters are now being reminded that the electioneering rules also apply to face masks. According to the law, “a person may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party” within 100 feet of a polling place.
Some migrants didn’t even realize they were being sent to Mexico. Some think they’re being deported, and others don’t realize they need to show up to court in the United States later.
This is the situation Luis Guerra of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, (CLINIC) said his organization finds people in when they’re sent back to border cities to await hearings in U.S. immigration court under the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico” policy.
After his brother outed him as gay, Antonio Williams sat in his mom's car and thought of a million different ways he could survive when he got home.
He tried to think of a place where he could live.
Many El Pasoans were turned away Saturday after the mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso and asked to make an appointment to donate blood.
Things like this don’t happen here.
Bloodshed made history in moments as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius entered the Walmart at 7101 Gateway Blvd. West, El Paso at about 10:40 a.m. Saturday and carried out one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S., police say.
Twenty-two people were killed. 24 were injured.
George Floyd. Botham Jean. Ahmaud Arbery.
Their names appear out of the darkness, flashing onto Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas. The nightly display is meant to show it’s time to address racism and police brutality — that “Black Lives Matter,” said the North Dallas church’s senior minister, Marti Soper.
County health authorities across Texas are still sorting through a backlog of previously unreported coronavirus test results, shaking some officials’ confidence in the numbers and leaving them to wonder whether they missed chances to slow the illness.
A statewide data dump led to giant daily case counts in some North Texas counties over the weekend, including Dallas County.
How visits to Texas nursing homes, assisted-living facilities will work under new coronavirus guidelines
Before the pandemic, Norma Barrientos visited her mother two or three times a week, staying for hours at Skyline Nursing Center, where Mary Sifuentes has lived for more than two years. But they haven’t been allowed to see each other in person at the Dallas nursing home since March, when the state banned visits at such facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Barrientos said her mother feels abandoned.
“It’s taking a toll on me. Depression is really hitting hard,” she said.
President Donald Trump was taken Friday evening to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, hours after testing positive for the coronavirus.
“President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
Boom and bust: Local fireworks stands thrive during pandemic as big-display outfits take a ‘gut punch’
The air was thick with the smell of gunpowder as fireworks exploded over the pecan orchard in unincorporated Dallas County.
John Palmer has been selling fireworks at his stand here for 50 years, and has let customers set off what they buy on his property since 2011.
But this year, he put in some new safety protocols. Customers have to wear masks, stand 6 feet apart and wait in a line corralled by yellow caution tape and traffic cones.
Experts warn against ‘false sense of security’ as the number of children with COVID-19 increases in Dallas County
The number of children infected with coronavirus in Dallas County has increased steadily as the summer has worn on — and with classes soon to resume statewide, health experts say the perception that kids aren’t susceptible to COVID-19 needs to end.
Since the pandemic began in Dallas County, 3,821 children under 18 have tested positive for the virus.
For the fourth straight day, Dallas County reported fewer than 750 new coronavirus cases Friday — after 18 consecutive days with at least 1,000.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said at a news conference that he’s “cautiously optimistic” the lower numbers mark the beginning of a trend.
But even with the good news, there was still terrible loss: A 5-year-old Dallas boy was among the nine latest Dallas County residents to die from COVID-19.