Dallas County Reports 246 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

DALLAS — As of 11:00am May 6, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 246 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 4,869, including 123 deaths.

The additional 2 deaths being reported today include:

  • A woman in her 80’s who had been a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Garland, and expired at home.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas, and expired in hospice care.

Of cases requiring hospitalization who reported employment, about 79% have been critical infrastructure workers, with a broad range of affected occupational sectors, including: healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, public works, finance, communications, clergy, first responders and other essential functions. Of cases requiring hospitalization, 65% have been under 65 years of age, and about half do not have high-risk chronic health conditions. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Of the 123 total deaths reported to date, over a third have been associated with long-term care facilities.

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

“Today is our 2nd highest number of positive cases eclipsed only by yesterday. We also reported two deaths, both residents of long-term care facilities. The Public Health Committee and doctors have advised to keep in mind the following four things when making decisions on activities: First, avoid unnecessary crowds. Second, maintain 6 feet of distancing when around people outside your family unit. Third, wear cloth face coverings on public transportation and when visiting businesses. And fourth, practice hand washing and good hygiene. Most of the questions you’ll have about activities outside the family home can be answered by referring to these four tenets,” 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

Additional information is available at the following websites:


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott’s Re-Opening Checklists

Under the direction of Governor Abbott, with the advice of the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, and Texas Comptroller:

The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.


Open Texas Checklists – Revised May 5, 2020, Now in Effect

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 8, 2020

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 18, 2020

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas

“As we open Texas, we are each called upon to be Texans: to act responsibly as we re-engage in the economy, to continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines, and to care for our vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans.” – Governor Greg Abbott

View the April 27, 2020 Report

NOTE: The checklists in this report are no longer current. See the NEW checklists above.

Governor Abbott Expands Business Openings In Texas, Announces Surge Response Teams To Combat COVID-19

Governor Abbott Expands Business Openings In Texas, Announces Surge Response Teams To Combat COVID-19

Issues Guidance For Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies 

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where announced that he will be issuing an Executive Order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities. The Governor also announced new guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on graduation ceremonies and the creation of Surge Response Teams to combat any COVID-19 flare ups in Texas. 

“Texas is in a position to continue opening parts of our economy because of the efforts and determination of the people of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “Over the past month, Texans have worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing practices and staying at home whenever possible. As we move forward, I urge all Texans to continue following these social distancing guidelines and the health standards we have provided. With every Texan doing their part, we will contain COVID-19, we will unleash our entrepreneurs, and we will make it through this challenge together.”

The Governor was joined for the press conference by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) Acting Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, and Adjutant General of Texas Maj. Gen. Tracey Norris.

Per the Governor’s announcement, wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings may immediately open. Weddings held indoors other than at a church, congregation, or house of worship must limit occupancy to 25%. Wedding reception services may also resume, but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25% of the total listed occupancy. These occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding reception or to outdoor wedding receptions.

Beginning May 8, cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, may open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation. Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including on their occupancy or operating levels.

Beginning May 18, office buildings may open with the greater of five or less individuals or 25% of the total office workforce. These individuals must maintain appropriate social distancing. Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open on May 18, but must operate at 25% occupancy. Locker rooms and shower facilities will remain closed, but restrooms may open. Non-essential manufacturing services may also open on May 18 but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25%.

These newly opened services are subject to recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. These protocols will be available on the Open Texas webpage

During the press conference, Chief Kidd and Commissioner Wilson provided details on the newly formed Surge Response Teams. These teams are led by TDEM and HHSC and include representatives from the the Texas Military Department, DSHS, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and BCFS Health and Human Services. Surge Response Teams will serve nursing homes, prisons, packing pants, and other facilities that experience flare ups of COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment, testing supplies, onsite staffing, and assessment assistance. These teams will also work with local officials to establish health and social distancing standards to contain these flare ups. Several Surge Response Teams have already been deployed to locations across the state. Chief Kidd and Commissioner Wilson’s presentation is available here

TEA Commissioner Morath also provided new guidance on class of 2020 graduation ceremonies for Texas school districts. The TEA is providing four different pathways for schools to celebrate their graduating seniors, and each district is at liberty to determine if any of these options best serve the needs and desires of their community:

  • Completely virtual ceremonies that take place entirely online, with the use of videoconference or other technologies.
  • Hybrid ceremonies, which consist of a compilation of videos of students being recognized in person as they celebrate graduation in small groups.
  • Vehicle ceremonies, in which students and their families wait in their cars while other graduates are recognized one at time with their families alongside them.
  • Outdoor in-person ceremonies, which are currently permitted for counties as follows: 
    • Between May 15 and May 31, an outdoor ceremony may take place in a rural county that has an attestation as described in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas that remains in effect 7 days prior to the ceremony. 
    • An outdoor ceremony may take place in any Texas county on or after June 1. 

Full details of the TEA’s graduation ceremony guidance can be found on the TEA website



For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Executive Order GA-21

Some highlights to note about GA-21:

  • Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain an essential service or a reopened service, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.  Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older.
  • Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene
  • Essential Services include those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations and places of worship
  • Reopened Services consist of the following:
    • In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Dine-in at restaurants at 25% occupancy (no occupancy limit on outside seating; 25% does not include employees)
    • Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) (25% does not include employees)
    • Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
    • Golf course operations
    • Local government operations
    • Services provided by one individual in an office setting (note this will be expanded on Monday, May 18th)
    • Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church).  Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside
    • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors).  Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.

 Starting on Friday, May 8, 2020 the following will be opened:

  • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Tanning Salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Swimming pools may operate if outdoor or indoor but must follow occupancy levels set forth

 Starting on Monday, May  18, 2020, the following will be opened:

  • Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of five individuals or 25% of the total office workforce
  • Non-essential manufacturing [services] at 25% occupancy
  • Gyms and exercise facilities and classes, whether indoor, outdoor, individual, or group, at a 25% occupancy

As previously was the case in GA-18, counties with five or fewer active case counts can file proper attestation forms with DSHS to allow for occupancy limits of 50% for those facilities otherwise limited to 25% occupancy. 


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/