Tarrant County COVID-19 Cases Jump 25% Wednesday

The county announced a shelter in place order Tuesday

Nefty Gonzalez, NBC 5

Tarrant County health officials reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, raising the total number of cases in the county to 90.

COVID-19 was confirmed for the first time in Hurst and Westlake, which had one case each. Elsewhere, new cases were confirmed in Arlington (2), Colleyville (2),
Fort Worth (7), Grapevine (1), Haltom City (1), Keller (1) and Mansfield (2).

On Tuesday, four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington -- it's not clear if all of those cases are reflected in Arlington's current number of cases confirmed by the county. The retirement center is where the first death in North Texas related to the new coronavirus was reported on March 15.

The report comes a day after Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced shelter in place order in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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