Dallas County Reports 596 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 596 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases 597 Total Cases Reported Today Including 1 Older Case and 178 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information.

As of 3:00 pm October 27, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 597 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County for a cumulative total of 94,358 confirmed cases (PCR test), including 1,101 confirmed deaths. No additional deaths are being reported today. There are 178 additional probable cases (antigen test) to report today for a total of 5,413 probable cases including 14 probable deaths. Of the 419 new confirmed cases we are reporting today, 263 came through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) system, and one case was from July.

Month# of positive patients
Previous Month Subtotal1
DSHS Total263
The COVID-19 Risk Level has been elevated to Red.

The provisional 7-day average daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 42 was 525, an increase from the previous daily average of 492 for CDC week 41. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 has increased to 14.2% of symptomatic patients presenting to area hospitals testing positive in week 42 (week ending 10/17/20). A provisional total of 441 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in school-aged children (5 to 17 years) during CDC week 42, an increase from the previous week.

Of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Of the total confirmed deaths reported to date, about 24% 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. Tuesday’s report is forthcoming.

Local health experts use hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ER visits as three of the key indicators as part of determining the COVID-19 Risk Level (color-coded risk) and corresponding guidelines for activities during our COVID-19 response. There were 473 COVID-19 patients in acute care in Dallas County for the period ending on Monday, October 26. The number of emergency room visits for COVID-19 like symptoms in Dallas County was 358 for the 24 hour period ending on Monday, October 26, which represents around 17 percent of all emergency department visits in the county according to information reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. Please take every effort to reduce your risk and contributing to the spread of this virus. You can find additional information on risk-level monitoring data here.

This is not a year where we want to trick-or-treat door to door or go to Halloween parties.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

“With numbers increasing, it’s very important that we all make good choices. We know what to do, we just need to do it. Wear your mask and avoid crowds. This is not a year where we want to trick-or-treat door to door or go to Halloween parties. It’s a year to spend Halloween with family. A candy scavenger hunt around the house, a family baking or pumpkin carving, and Halloween movie night are some ways to safely enjoy this holiday. Remember holidays are about making memories and spending time with people that you love and we can do that without exposing ourselves to people outside our home this Halloween. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Halloween holiday. We’re all in this together and it will get better if all make good choices and do our part to have a safe and happy Halloween,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found HERE and all guidance documents can be found HERE.

UPDATED – Dallas County Health and Human Services Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary – October 23, 2020

Specific Guidance for the Public:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands often and 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 daily 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. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

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Covid-19 adventures, part 1

Mask Making

My family needed face masks to protect them against Covid-19 and I thought that was something I could cobble together. I had bits of fabric from other projects and I bought a bit more. My forays into sewing haven’t been all that ambitious, but I felt confident that I could successfully make masks. After all, the curtains and pillowcases I made came out looking like curtains and pillowcases.  

The thing is, it had been awhile since I’ve tackled a sewing project, and my poor neglected sewing machine needed a little TLC (like dusting) before I could begin. I fumbled and fiddled with the machine trying to remember how to thread a bobbin and the machine itself. My husband fished out the operator’s manual after listening to me grumble. I made myself sit down and study the manual familiarizing myself with all the settings. I managed to get the feed dogs stuck and had to open up the area under them to figure out what I did wrong.  I had to use this key like screw driver thingamabob to remove the needle plate.

I carefully put aside the screws and the thingamabob along with the needle plate. Under I found a mess of lint all over the place. I cleaned it all off and oiled the parts as the manual described. I even managed to unstick the feed dogs. I replaced the needle plate and reached for the screws and discovered the thingamabob went missing. How frustrating! I proceeded to look all over my work space, muttering bad words under my breath. My husband and daughter joined in the search looking all over the floor on hands and knees. I decided a break was in order and went to get a refill of ice water. As I put my glass under the ice maker on the fridge; I noticed the thingamabob stuck to the magnetic wristband of my watch. Everyone had a good laugh at my misfortune. With a bit of grumbling I went back to the sewing machine determined to get the masks made.

Well, before I could actually begin I needed a pattern. I hunted for the simplest pattern on YouTube. The one I found required tracing a circle on paper. The person on the video used a dinner plate. Alas, my plates are square, so with my husband’s help we went around the house measuring pot lids, serving bowls, lampshades, whatever round thing we could find. The video said it should be 26 centimeters across. After much finagling and math figuring we came up with three different sized patterns to fit the different sized faces in my little family.

A few hours later I finally had success!

How The Library Can Help

In the library we have many wonderful sewing books to help you learn sewing. If you already know how to sew you can come to the library to find new sewing ideas. Here are a few that I recommend:

50 Fat Quarter Makes

This book has so many cute projects that you can make out of a fat quarter. Little stuffed toys, skirts, pot holders, aprons, and so much more.

Machine Sewing: Top Tips and Techniques for Successful sewing by Debbie Shore

This is a fantastic book for beginners. Shore goes over all the different parts of a sewing machine, how to maintain it, and what different products are used for. There is a page that explains what to do when things go wrong.  She goes over what to do with different stitches and at the end of the book there are a few projects to tackle.

101 Ways to Use Your First Sewing Machine by Elizabeth Dubicki

There are many reasons to look over this book including instructions on how to make a t-shirt quilt! This is something I plan to do someday with the mounds of jerseys, and shirts, that I have from all the different camps, sports teams, schools, etc. my kids have been in.

Designer Joi’s Fashion Sewing Workshop by Joi Mahon

This book has many different exercises to practice in order to improve your sewing skills. If you want to dive into making tailored clothing this book is for you.

As always, catch us on social media or comment below. If you have a library question, call 972-780-5052 or email librarians@duncanville.com.