Dallas County Reports 100 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

DALLAS — As of 10:00 am April 2, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 100 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 831. The 16th and 17th deaths from COVID-19 are being reported, including of a woman in her 70’s who was as resident of a long-term care facility, and a woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. These individuals had been critically ill in area hospitals. Of cases requiring hospitalization, over three-quarters (77%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. Diabetes has been a chronic high-risk condition reported in over a quarter (28%) of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

“North Texas and all of Texas is safer today now that Governor Abbott has adopted the Dallas County Safer at Home model. We continue to build capacity as we enter the beginning of the curve. There are enough beds and ventilators in hospitals at present. The challenge is to continue to build capacity so that the curve doesn’t overtake our resources. Your mission is to make good personal responsibility decisions. #StayHomeStaySafe #FlattenTheCurve,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:  Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

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May 2, 2020 General Election POSTPONED until November 3, 2020

The 2020 City Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to the provisions of Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, on March 18, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas signed a proclamation suspending certain provisions of the Texas Election Code and the Texas Water Code to allow all local political subdivisions that are utilizing the May 2, 2020 uniform election date to postpone their elections to the November 3, 2020, uniform election date.

The City of Duncanville issued a shelter-in-place order on March 23, 2020, and given the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there is uncertainty of whether a shelter-in-place extension will be ordered. If the election is not moved to November 3, 2020 the city may be putting the election at risk due to voters not being able to exercise their right to vote.

On March 31, 2020 City Council passed Resolution No. 2020-009R postponing the May 2nd General Election to November 3, 2020. Postponing the election to November 3, 2020 does not reopen candidate filings.

On March 31, 2020 the City Council passed Resolution No. 2020-025 ordering a cancellation of the Joint Election on May 2, 2020 and declaring the election unopposed candidates for Mayor and Councilmember from District 4 of the City Council of the City of Duncanville, Texas for a two-year term. Mayor Barry L. Gordon and Councilmember Mark D. Cooks representing District 4 will be sworn into office on May 5, 2020 by City Secretary Kristin Downs.

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

Duncanville Bulk Collection Suspended, Residents Asked to Bag All Trash, Recycling Reminders

Updated April 8, 2020: Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18

Visit www.duncanville.com/trash for more information pertaining to solid waste collection, including the collection schedule, map and list of acceptable items.

April 2, 2020 – Effective immediately, Republic Services has temporarily suspended bulk collection in Duncanville until further notice. All other solid waste services, including brush pickup, will continue as usual, subject to further modifications by Republic Services. As a temporary solution, Republic Services has agreed to provide a self-service dumpster for residential bulk waste. The dumpster will be located at the Service Center and residents will have a specified time frame to bring bulk items for disposal. More information forthcoming when the dumpster becomes available for resident use.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Shelter in Place order, Republic Services has reported a significant increase in residential trash. This change allows Republic Services to adjust available resources to accommodate the surge in trash volume, as well as ensures that maintaining a clean community remains the priority. Residents are asked to either store bulk items until regular collection resumes, or utilize the dumpster located at the Service Center.

Republic Services will resume full collection services as soon as possible, and the cost for residential solid waste service will not be affected by the temporary change. Bulk items that will not be picked up include stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, furniture, water tanks, fencing materials and other large, bulky items. For now, trash, brush and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled; However, Republic Services has advised that further modifications may be required in the future due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

All Trash Must be Bagged in Order to be Collected
To protect sanitation employees’ health and safety, Republic Services is asking that all trash be securely bagged, and trash bags cannot exceed 35 pounds each.

Recycling Contamination Increase
Republic Services has seen an increase in recycling contamination. When one item of recycling is contaminated, it contaminates the entire bin. Please take the appropriate steps to keep recycling contamination-free by only placing clean, empty and dry recyclables in the bin. Knowing what is and is not accepted, rinsing recyclable food containers and keeping plastic bags out of the bins will better ensure that these items go to recycling facilities rather than landfills.

Recycling Acceptable Items

  • Paper
  • Aluminum containers & tin cans (canned goods)
  • Plastic containers marked #1, #2 and #5
  • Boxes with no wax coating or food residue
  • Magazines, junk mail and soft cover books

Recycling Unacceptable Items

  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Medical Waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Diapers/clothing/textiles
  • Anything with food/liquid residue
  • Carton-style containers with gable top
  • Household hazardous waste and/or containers
  • Plastic containers marked #3, #4, #6, of #7 (or no number at all)

Updated April 8, 2020: Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18