Oncor Prepared for Cooler Temps, Remaining Winter Months

Annual Preparations Completed and Communication Improvements Implemented

January 3, 2022 – With the return of cooler weather, Oncor is assuring customers that winter preparations have been completed and that their power delivery company is prepared for the remaining winter months. Oncor’s planning occurs year-round in anticipation of a variety of potential seasonal impacts, and winter preparations are implemented months before the cold season arrives. These preparations include:

 

  • Thousands of electrical facilities, including stations and main feeder lines, have undergone thorough air and ground inspections to ensure they are ready for high demand and cooler temperatures. This is in addition to regularly scheduled facility inspections and maintenance.
  • Forecasting and predictive analytics have been utilized to identify potential high load areas so equipment upgrades or replacements could be completed before failures might occur.
  • Material inventory has been increased and additional contract resources secured to ensure full availability of supplies and support ahead of potentially severe weather.
  • Personnel have completed multiple emergency preparedness training sessions to ensure staff are ready to quickly and safely respond to potential outage events.

 

As the “poles and wires” company that delivers power to customers, Oncor does not own, operate, or control power generation plants or facilities. Oncor has, however, implemented communication improvements based on learnings from the February 2021 power emergency, as well as followed recent weatherization requirements relevant to delivering power to our customers including:

  • Complied with the PUC weatherization rule adopted pursuant to SB3 and submitted its detailed Winter Weather Readiness Report to the PUC and ERCOT. Oncor standard weatherization procedures also remain in compliance with the 2011 FERC/NERC recommendations.
  • Worked with our telecommunications providers to harden their systems serving customer call centers and increase communication channel bandwidth to better perform during high volume events. Oncor prioritized this improvement after the February storm, when Oncor received more customer calls in two days than all of 2020.
  • Committed to increasing the frequency of situational and weather updates to customers, as supported by the company’s in-house meteorologist. Updates will be available across various communication platforms, including My Oncor Alerts, the MyOncor app, Oncor.com and the Storm Center Outage Map, social media channels, and direct contact with local officials.

Met with local officials and emergency management staff across its service territory to better understand community needs, including communication preferences, crisis response plans, and additional information surrounding critical facility designations.

Dallas County Reports a Total of 2,614 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 17 Deaths, Including 712 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm December 31, 2021 Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 2,614 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 1,902 confirmed cases and 712 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 366,469 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 68,684 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,546 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Due to the observance of the New Year’s holiday, Dallas County will not be releasing COVID-19 data on Monday, January 3rd.  Reporting will resume on Tuesday, January 4th. Tuesday’s reporting will be the COVID-19 data received on Friday, December 31st. Wednesday’s reporting will include data from Saturday, January 1st through Tuesday, January 4th.  

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 from January 11 through July 17. A vaccination clinic is open at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9 am-6 pm. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will take place at Fair Park on Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm, starting November 21st, 2021.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A woman in her 20’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Balch Springs. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 40’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 40’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 40’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. 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 Garland. She 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 Rowlett. He expired in an area hospital ED and did not have 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 man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Carrollton. He 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 man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. 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 Garland. He expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He expired in hospice and had underlying high risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 723 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 151 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 509 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 11 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  19 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 case of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 14 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and fifty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 16 have died. Fifteen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. One hundred and eighty-four people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 12/31/2021, a total of 9,042 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 51 (week ending 12/25/21), which is a weekly rate of 343.0 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 12/18/2021, about 77% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 96% of residents age 65 years and older; 83% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 73% of residents 25-39 years of age; 62% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 57% of residents 12-17 years of age.  In the cities of Addison, Coppell, Highland Park, Irving, and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  In the cities of Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, and University Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (See below)

About 68.0% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 50 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated.  In Dallas County, 21,890 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 779 (3.6%) were hospitalized and 208 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 12/25/2021 (CDC week 51), 24.3% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 51, 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 (5.48%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (26.85%) and RSV (5.31%).

There are currently 39 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 4,974 residents and 2,961 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,203 have been hospitalized and 857 have died. About 16% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 6 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 767 residents and 263 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 see a notable increase in the number of positive cases as Omicron takes hold in north Texas. I hope tonight is a fun night for everyone shared with people that you love. But I also hope that you celebrate safely. Wear your mask in indoor environments outside your own family and limit the size of your celebrations. Should you choose to go celebrate with others, please do it outside, as the weather is good for an outdoor venue and stay separated as much as possible. Where separation is not possible for outdoor venues, please wear your mask. Surgical mask are preferable to cloth mask. KN95 mask are more protective than surgical and N95 mask are the most protective of all against Omicron a cloth mask, like the kind that have messages on them, are not effective. Please be safe and have a very, very happy new year’s,” 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/