City of Duncanville to Launch Redesigned Website in 2022

DUNCANVILLE, TX – The City of Duncanville is proud to announce that an agreement has been signed with Intrado Interactive Services for the redesign and hosting of the Duncanville.com and DuncanvilleFieldhouse.com websites. These redesigns will be done with a user-centered focus, enhancing the ease of access to important information, municipal services, resources, schedules, and departments for residents, businesses, developers, and visitors to the City of Duncanville. The new design will be responsive, built based on how users interact with the websites as determined by data analytics, better align with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards, and offer multiple language options.

“We are very excited that a new website is being developed,” City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides said. “It is important that Duncanville residents and businesses have an easy-to-use website for engaging with City Hall.”

The City’s current websites do not offer mobile-friendly or tablet-friendly designs, are not in line with the Brand Standards that were adopted by City Council in 2019, and no longer serve Duncanville residents who have come to expect better overall functionality from the sites they interact with. This redesign will address those and other concerns as well as implement changes based on the lessons learned while communicating crucial information to the public during both the pandemic and 2021 winter storm.

“Marketing our great city is also key to attracting the kinds of development residents have been asking for,” added Gus Garcia, Duncanville’s Director of Economic Development. “These days, a website is the way to make a positive first impression. Through this redesign process, Duncanville will get the web presence that truly represents the greatness of our city, which helps attract new economic development to our community.”

Although Duncanville.com is a governmental website, it will continue to offer useful information for Duncanville residents and those interested in tourism, relocation, and investment.

“This website redesign is in alignment with the City Council’s Capstone of the ‘Most Engaged Citizens in America,’” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Advancements in web technologies have made it easier to have information and services at our fingertips. I’m extremely happy that this redesign will make those conveniences available for Duncanville residents.”

The redesign process will take from 4 to 6 months to complete and a website relaunch is anticipated for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2022.

Virtual FY 2021-2022 Budget Town Hall with Answers

Virtual FY 2021-2022 Budget Town Hall with Answers to Resident Comments and Questions

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, the Duncanville City Council held a Virtual FY 2021-2022 Budget Town Hall. During this Town Hall City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, Interim Finance Director Edena Atmore, and Budget Administrator Jennifer Otey presented the Proposed Budget.

Below the video of the Virtual Town Hall, you will find both questions asked during the Town Hall and the answers to each transcribed.

Q:  How many professional advisors and/or consultants such Freese & Nichols are projected to work for the City in 2021-2022?

Jennifer Otey, Budget Administrator (answered after the meeting’s conclusion): The City anticipates using 20 consultants/advisory firms city-wide.  The City uses consultants and advisors to perform professional services such as CIP design work, annual reports, and services for compliance of mandates, and for services staff cannot do because of lack of expertise or resources. The use of consultants can vary based on need, and not all are guaranteed to be used during the year.

Q: Are there any trends to highlight how property taxes have increased year-over-year because of demographic changes, because there are more residents moving into the city?

Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, City Manager: Property tax trends. As far as our property tax in the North Texas area you will find that values have increased. In fact, if you heard in the beginning, we talked about Senate Bill legislation that was enacted. It actually capped the amount of revenue cities are able to obtain. If you look at this year’s trend you’ll see that our values are increasing – our residents may not be increasing as much in Duncanville, but our values have been increasing throughout the North Texas area.

This year we are seeing about a 10% increase in overall property values in the area. So, that has been a trend that has followed all over the metroplex. So, when you look at your overall values, that’s the number one thing for us.

Q: With regards to the investments, I saw there was a decrease in terms of returns. Is that outsourced to a fixed-income shop or fund management shop that takes care of that for the City?

Edena Atmore, Interim Finance Director: We invest our funds in accordance with the best practices in course for the Public Funds Investment Act. A large part of those investments for the interest rates, because the Fed rate has decreased tremendously in the last year since the pandemic. We’ve seen a decrease in the amount of interest we’re earning off our investments.

We’ve partnered with investment advisors. We have investment advisors called Valley View Consulting and we partner with them in managing that portfolio. So, they may do some solicitations in it and guide us on investments. Then we make the decision and actually do the transaction with their guidance. So, yes, it’s a partnership between us and Valley View Consulting.

Fiction book review – A shot at normal

The book A Shot at Normal by Marisa Reichardt tells a tale of a teen at odds with the beliefs of her parents. Juniper Jade has always followed her parents homeschool, all-organic lifestyle and she is ready for a change. She is sixteen and wants to go to the public high school. She wants a cell phone and friends her age. She wants to see more of Nico, the cute boy who works at the library. She wants store-bought toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant instead of the concoctions her mom makes. And after the unthinkable happens, she wants all her vaccinations.

Juniper reminds me of teens who are ready for some independence from their parents. She does not agree with her parents no vaccines rule. She knows it would be easier to wait until she turns eighteen, but she is afraid.

The relevant plot about vaccines and anti-vaxxers is a timely topic. Juniper consults with a doctor and considers the pros and cons of getting vaccines. She loves her parents but wants the right to take care of her own health. Will Juniper get her vaccines? Read this topical novel to find out.

 

 

 

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The City of Duncanville Announces a Proposed Tax Rate Decrease for Fiscal Year 2022

The City of Duncanville staff has proposed a tax rate of $0.700000 per $100 of property value for City Council’s consideration. The proposed rate decrease is -2.35% ($0.016852) less per $100 of property value.

Dallas County calculates Duncanville’s tax rates and provides the City with two. The first is a “No-New Revenue” rate, which is a rate that provides the City with no increase in revenue. The second is a “Voter Approval” rate, the highest the City may adopt without an election.

Both the “No-New Revenue” ($0.673838 per $100) and “Voter Approval” ($0.702073 per $100) tax rates are still less than the City of Duncanville’s current rate of $0.716852.

Last week the City of Duncanville released a notice announcing a Public Hearing on a Tax Increase. The Tax Increase announced online and in the local papers is due to the rising property values within our City. Average home values have increased 6.15%, varying from property to property, which may increase the amount paid in taxes despite a lower tax rate.

The Duncanville City Council will consider adopting the proposed tax rate decrease at an August 31, 2021 meeting.

Proposed Tax Rate Decrease

Fiction book review – A brilliant partnership

I’ve been reading books by the dynamic duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child for years. In 2019 they started a new series, Nora Kelly Novels. The first book, Old Bones was published a couple of years ago and the newest book, The Scorpion’s Tail, was recently added to the library collection. These books are filled with thrills and adventure with the best kind of characters (in my opinion), strong female leads. Nora Kelly is an archaeologist and Corrie Swanson is a green FBI agent hungry to prove herself. In the first book Corrie is investigating a suspicious death that is related to some recent grave robberies. Nora is busy trying to find a rumored lost treasure that a member of the Donner party hid away (yes, the cannibalistic Donner party). The two of them are thrown together and they don’t really hit it off, but the book does have a satisfying end. Especially when Agent Pendergast shows up to help solve the last bit of mystery.

Before reading this book, I would read a few books in the Agent Pendergast series to really get a sense of the genius that is Pendergast. In the book Still Life with Crows, Agent Pendergast discovers Corrie as he is investigating a series of gruesome murders. I recommend this book to really understand Corrie and appreciate her character. Nora Kelly makes an appearance in several books by Child and Preston. All of them come highly recommended. Among them are Thunderhead and Book of the Dead.

The end of Old Bones has a bit of narrative between Corrie, Nora, and Pedergast. Nora and Corrie make plain to Pendergast how they feel about one another and Pendergast predicts that their partnership, despite their differences, would be most excellent in solving future cases. Thus, the promise is made that another story will be written by the authors that will indeed further this partnership!

That promise is fulfilled with The Scorpion’s Tail. This book was fun in so many ways. This time Corrie purposefully seeks out Nora and convinces her to abandon a dig she is in the middle of to help her solve a very old and mysterious death in an abandoned city in the middle of nowhere New Mexico. In the usual style that is Preston and Child, the story meanders in unexpected ways. There are two parts that are the most entertaining to me. One is when Nora and Corrie both find two clues separately that when put together point to something the book keeps hinting at. The second is when Pendergast makes an appearance again at the end of the book. Again, he solves the last bit of mystery. This one is tied to that abandoned grave that was discovered in the middle of nowhere New Mexico.

I’ve read almost all the books that these authors have written together. I recommend all of them. Start with The Relic and lose yourself in great story telling for a good long while. There are several that they have published alone that I haven’t read…yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fiction book review – Cimarron

I chose to read Cimarron by Edna Ferber because the movie based on this book won an Oscar in 1931. It was the first western film to do so.

There are many colorful characters in this western tale. Yancey Cravat with his smooth-talking ways stands out. Sabra, Yancey’s wife is a strong female character, but not quite endearing. She was blatantly racist for one and walked around with a sense of entitlement because of her upper-class upbringing. Despite her narrowmindedness she became quite successful in everything she set out to do. She had to be strong because Yancey was so weak and was a terrible husband.

I was disappointed that Yancey turned out to be too much of a dreamer who couldn’t really be completely successful. His success came about in spurts that were some of the best parts of the book. I was left feeling that this was a character that couldn’t ever reach his full potential with his weakness for drink and selfish tendencies. Because of his flair for the dramatic, his ending was both heroic and tragic.

The most entertaining part of the book was based on true accounts of the Osage Indian tribe becoming millionaires during the big oil boom in Oklahoma. This book inspired me to look further into the Osage tribe and I learned that many Osage were murdered by white men who married into the tribe to steal millions of dollars. David Grann wrote a book about it, Killers of the Flower Moon. This book has been added to my pile of books to read.

I think that I will continue to read Edna Ferber’s books. She did win a Pulitzer prize and it is easy to see why. I will say that her books are a bit offensive in when it comes to talking about POC. That is not surprising considering in what era she wrote her books. Despite this I think it is important to read these points of view to try to get a well-rounded understanding of where people are coming from. Even if the language makes one cringe a bit.

 

 

 

 

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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for August 19 and 20, 2021

no mosquitoesThe City of Duncanville, at the recommendation and in cooperation with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), will be conducting ground spraying against mosquitoes on Thursday, August 19, and Friday, August 20, 2021, between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, weather permitting. The spraying is being conducted in response to the detection of West Nile Virus in one mosquito trap within the 75116 zip code. If the weather prohibits spraying on Thursday night, spraying will be conducted on Friday and Saturday nights. Spraying will be performed in targeted areas within the City of Duncanville.

The Duncanville spray area will be East of Cedar Ridge Road, North of Camp Wisdom Road and East of Main Street, North of Wheatland Road to North Cockrell Hill Road.

Residents living within the spray zone are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying.

City staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is most likely to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitoes, residents should remove all areas of standing water. Residents should also report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitoes are likely to breed to either City of Duncanville Health Services or Code Enforcement by calling 972-780-5040. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact Tammy Island at 972-780-4963.

Mosquito Pesticide FAQs

What pesticide is used for mosquito control?

Dallas County uses permethrin a synthetic pyrethroid commonly used in mosquito control programs due to its effectiveness. Permethrin has been registered by the EPA since 1979.

Can I opt-out of mosquito spraying?

Yes. Duncanville residents wanting to be on the no-spray list can email Tammy Island at tisland@duncanville.com at or Angelica Garcia at agarcia@duncanville.com to have your address added

Dallas County Reports 1,110 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 5 Deaths, Including 228 Probable Cases

As of 3:00 pm, August 30, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,110 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 882 confirmed cases and 228 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 298,289 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 50,579 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 4,322 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s press release includes the new case totals accumulated from Friday. Tomorrow’s press release will include the numbers of new cases from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

High Risk Transmission Level Red
High Risk Transmission Level Red

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated January 11 through July 17. A pop-up vaccination clinic at Fair Park will take place on Saturdays through September 18, from 8 am – 2 pm in Lot 13 for Pfizer first and second doses.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A man in his 60’s was a resident of the City of Duncanville. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 205 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern have been identified in residents of Dallas County, including 146 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variants; three B.1.351 (Beta) variants; thirty-six B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants; and twenty P.1 (Gamma) variants. Twenty-three have been hospitalized and four have died. One fully vaccinated patient subsequently became ill from B.1.1.7 infection and died. The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 33 (week ending 8/21/21) was 1,172, which is a rate of 44.5 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 8/21/2021, about 66% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 87% of residents age 65 years and older; 72% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 61% of residents 25-39 years of age; 50% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 45% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Coppell and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In the cities of Addison and Highland Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (See below). About 86% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 33 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 6,544 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 204 (3.1%) were hospitalized and 29 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 8/21/2021 (CDC week 33), 15.8% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 33, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (4.6%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (25%), and RSV (21%). There are currently 62 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,469 residents and 2,574 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,138 have been hospitalized and 824 have died. About 19% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been nineteen outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 684 residents and 232 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php.

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. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.

“Today we have 996 COVID patients in Dallas County hospitals. The trend continues to go upward for both hospitalizations and positive COVID cases, with 1,110 COVID cases and 5 deaths being reported for Friday. Hospital staffing is still very tight, with all our hospitals continuing to hire traveling nurses and other contractors to fill the increased demand. Wait times for infusions for COVID patients are lengthening and it is very important that we all do what we can to control the spread of COVID to avoid needing medical care. With insurers reinstituting cost sharing for COVID, medical bills that would easily take up your entire deductible and maximum out of pocket are yet another reason to accept a free vaccine that is safe and effective in protecting against serious cases of COVID. If you’re unvaccinated it’s not a question of if you’ll get COVID, but, rather, when. And should you require treatment it can get very expensive very quickly. Vaccines and testing are free options, please utilize them to decrease spread. Even for those who get COVID and are fortunate enough to have an asymptomatic case, we know the Delta variant on average is spread to at least five people for every person who gets it,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.


All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php
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-based 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:

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

Dallas County Reports 1,119 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 7 Deaths, Including 113 Probable Cases

As of 3:00 pm, August 27, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,119 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 1,006 confirmed cases, and 113 probable cases. There is a  cumulative total of 297,407 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 50,351 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 4,317 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

High Risk Transmission Level Red
High Risk Transmission Level Red

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated January 11 through July 17. A pop-up vaccination clinic at Fair Park will take place on Saturdays through September 18, from 8 am – 2 pm in Lot 13 for Pfizer first and second doses.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 205 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern have been identified in residents of Dallas County, including 146 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variants; three B.1.351 (Beta) variants; thirty-six B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants; and twenty P.1 (Gamma) variants. Twenty-three have been hospitalized and four have died. One fully vaccinated patient subsequently became ill from B.1.1.7 infection and died. The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 33 (week ending 8/21/21) was 1,172, which is a rate of 44.5 daily new cases per 100,000  residents.

As of the week ending 8/21/2021, about 66% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 87% of residents age 65 years and older; 72% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 61% of residents 25-39 years of age; 50% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 45% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Coppell and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In the cities of Addison and Highland Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. About 86% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 33 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 6,544 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 204 (3.1%) were hospitalized and 29 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 8/21/2021 (CDC week 33), 15.8% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 33, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (4.6%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (25%), and RSV (21%). There are currently 62 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,469 residents and 2,574 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,138 have been hospitalized and 824 have died. About 19% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been nineteen outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 684 residents and 232 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php.

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. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.

“Today we report 1,119 new cases and 7 deaths. We are continuing to work with our state and federal partners to bring in medical support to help us shore up capacity at our hospitals. Since the start of the month, the number of COVID-19 pediatric hospital patients has more than doubled. Recent projections have us reaching a new pandemic high in hospitalizations by the middle of September. It is critical that we increase our adherence to the mitigation practices recommended by healthcare professionals such as: masking indoors when outside your home, avoiding large crowds, and using curbside pick-up, take out, or ordering online. Please do your part. Encourage friends and family members to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their community. Visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccine location near you,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.


All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php
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-based 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:

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

Dallas County Reports 1,632 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 9 Deaths, Including 534 Probable Cases

As of 3:00 pm, August 26, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,632 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 1,098 confirmed cases, and 534 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 296,401 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 50,238 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 4,310 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

High Risk Transmission Level Red
High Risk Transmission Level Red

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated January 11 through July 17. A pop-up vaccination clinic at Fair Park will take place on Saturdays through September 18, from 8 am  -2 pm in Lot 13 for Pfizer first and second doses.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  •  A woman in her20’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 20’s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He has been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 201 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern have been identified in residents of Dallas County, including 146 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variants; three B.1.351 (Beta) variants; thirty-two B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants; and twenty P.1 (Gamma) variants. Twenty-one have been hospitalized and three have died. One fully vaccinated patient subsequently became ill from B.1.1.7 infection and died. The provisional seven-day average of daily new confirmed and probable cases (by date of test collection) for CDC week 32 (week ending 8/14/21) was 1,118, which is a rate of 42.2 daily new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 8/14/2021, about 64% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 86% of residents age 65 years and older; 71% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 59% of residents 25-39 years of age; 48% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 43% of residents 12-17 years of age. In the cities of Coppell and Sunnyvale, greater than 88% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In the cities of Addison and Highland Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. About 85% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 32 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 5,681 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 179 (3.2%) were hospitalized and 22 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 8/14/2021 (CDC week 32), 17.1% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 32, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (4.8%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (21%) and RSV (26%). There are currently 57 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,458 residents and 2,554 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,137 have been hospitalized and 824 have died. About 19% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been eleven outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 658 residents and 230 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php.

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. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.

“Today we report 1,632 new cases and 9 deaths. According to the most recent UT Southwestern projections, given the current rate of vaccination in Dallas County, we will most likely not vaccinate every willing and eligible person until next year. Along with masking, the vaccine is a critically important tool we have for curbing the spread and impact of COVID-19 in our community. The Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce has been offering several great prizes for people who received a vaccine in June, July and August. There are a few days left to participate in the raffle. To find the vaccination site closest to you, visit Vaccines.gov. And to register in the chamber’s raffle visit: https://takecareofbusinessdfw.org/,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.


All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php
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-based 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:

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