Dallas County Reports 249 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

As of 10:00 am May 8, 2020, DCHHS is reporting 249 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 5,369, including 135 deaths.

The additional 10 deaths being reported today include:

  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Duncanville, and had been critically ill in an area hospital
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas, and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Richardson, and had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas, and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster, and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas, and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Irving, and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Duncanville, and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas, and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 90’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Garland, and expired in hospice care at the facility.

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, two-thirds 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 135 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. 

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/

Walmart Opens Additional COVID-19 Testing Location in Dallas County

DALLAS — A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is opening tomorrow, May 8, 2020, in the Walmart parking lot located at 9410 Webb Chapel Rd., Dallas, TX 75220. The site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high-risk groups without symptoms. Those interested in being tested need to visit www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to see if eligible for testing and to make an appointment.

“Thank you Walmart for providing Dallas County residents with another location for free COVID-19 testing. Testing is important and we know that with more locations and more convenience, more people will get tests, and the faster we can identify COVID-19 cases, isolate the sick to prevent outbreaks and save lives,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Dallas during this unprecedented time,” said Laurie Smalling Letts, Walmart Public Affairs Director for Texas. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to eTrueNorth and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community.”

Details on the COVID-19 testing site:

  • Beginning tomorrow, the site is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays weekly
  • 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting. Appointments must be made through eTrueNorth’s online portal at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com, which will screen individuals to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing.
  • For questions regarding testing, call 800-635-8611.
  • Those being tested will need to wear a mask or cloth covering and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
  • The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and then dropped in the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-through site.
  • eTrueNorth will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable Departments of Health.
  • The site will be staffed by Walmart healthcare professionals
  • Please note, testing is not available inside Walmart stores.
  • While individuals who are tested are awaiting results, please follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in your home and community.

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