Dallas County Reports 243 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

DALLAS — As of 11:00am May 13, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 243 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 6,602, including 153 deaths.

The additional 5 deaths are being reported today include:

  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 60’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 Mesquite and had expired in an area hospital ED.
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite 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.

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 153 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’s numbers are in line with what we’ve seen over the last ten days. Although we lost five of our residents today, halfway through the week we are seeing a lower number of deaths than we saw last week which is a promising sign. Hopefully, this plateau will lead to a decrease. You can find information about where we are now and where we would be after a 14 day decline by going to Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public which you can download at http://www.DallasCountyCOVID.org.

“We are currently in Red/Stay Home Stay Safe. Residents are advised by medical experts to avoid unnecessary crowds, maintain 6 foot distancing when out, wear a cloth face covering at businesses and on public transportation and use good hygiene. It’s up to all of us to make good decisions to #FlattenTheCurve. Remember, #StayHomeSavesLives,” 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/

Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public

Dear North Texas,

Attached is a thoughtful document to guide us as we navigate in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document was prepared by the Public Health Committee made up of public health, epidemiology, and infectious disease leaders who have prepared their entire adult lives to advise us in this moment. Their goal is to keep us safe through continued containment of COVID19.

Remember, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. Discouraged actions should not be considered as personal infringements but rather as acts of solidarity with local health professionals, our neighbors, and those with whom we care for most. By adhering to these suggestions, we will compound the progress we’ve made and arrive more quickly – and safely – to gathering with the community we’ve come to know and love.

Best,

Clay Lewis Jenkins
Dallas County Judge


Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public

  1. Assume personal responsibility – Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation.
    Residents should take responsibility, stay informed, take actions based on common sense, and follow the guidance offered by health care experts.
  2. Do an honest self-assessment – In addition, all individuals are encouraged to perform an honest selfassessment
    before engaging in activities outside of the home. This assessment should include asking two questions:
    1. Am I healthy enough to leave the home, or do I fall into a high-risk category, based on age or other medical conditions?
    2. Is there someone in my home, or someone I interact with on a regular basis, who falls into a highrisk category?
    3. If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then exercise extra caution and discretion before leaving the home. Is it a want or is it a need?
  3. Perform protective hygiene, Distance yourself physically and clean the environment – Dallas County residents should practice good hygiene and cleaning practices to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. These include but are not limited to the following:
    1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand
    2. sanitizer after interactions with people or objects
    3. Stay home if ill
    4. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or do it into the sleeve or elbow, not hands
    5. Clean high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.) regularly
    6. Avoid touching your face
    7. Refrain from hand shaking
    8. Physically distance and keep 6 feet between people
    9. Wear a facial covering when out in public or when in the company of others.
  4. Assess the Risk – Individuals should assess their risk and make decisions based on their specific circumstances. Those at high risk for COVID-19 (elderly, diabetic, etc.) and those around them should use extra precautions as outlined by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).

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