Duncanville City Hall and Municipal Service Center Closed, Reopening Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Duncanville, Texas (January 12, 2022) – The City of Duncanville announced Wednesday, January 12, 2022, that City Hall and the Municipal Service Center will be closing to the public, with limited staff on hand, until Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Due to a rising number of COVID-19 exposures, City management has made the decision to follow the current CDC guidelines in the interest of protecting the health of the residents who visit City Hall or the Municipal Service Center and City staff.

For those needing assistance during this time, the City of Duncanville recommends the following:

  • Call 9-1-1 in an emergency, and 972-223-6111 option four (4) for non-emergencies
  • For issues related to water and sewer service, please call 972-780-4900
  • Report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the City website
  • Pay utility bills and court citations online at www.duncanville.com/pay-bill-online or by utilizing the drop box in the parking lot of City Hall.
  • Access building, inspection, and health department permits, applications, and forms online and email the completed PDF form to permits@duncanville.com or call 972-780-5015.

Joint Primary Election Announced for Dallas County/Elecciones Primarias Conjuntas Anunciadas para el Condado Dallas

Dallas, Texas – Dallas County Commissioners Court approved a contract between Dallas County Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello, Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble, and Dallas County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu to hold Dallas County’s first Joint Primary Election.

The discussion of a joint primary election began two months prior with an agreement being reached by the Democratic and Republican Party Chairs on January 7, 2022, and approved by the Dallas County Commissioners Court on January 11th. The contract is for the March 1st Primary Election and will allow voters from both parties to vote at any vote center in Dallas County. In previous primary elections, voters were limited to voting at party-specific vote centers or standing in Republican Party or Democratic Party lines at a shared vote center location.

View the complete Dallas County Commissioners Court Order HERE.

“In order to provide the best experience for voters for the upcoming primary election, the Democratic and Republican parties and Dallas County have partnered together in preparation for the first-ever joint primary election. This will enable us to allocate resources and coordinate to ensure a smooth voting process for all, no matter where you vote or which primary you choose to vote in,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“I want to commend Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello and the Elections Department staff for facilitating the Joint Primary Election Agreement and their commitment to run fair and efficient elections,” said Republican Chair Stoddard Hajdu.

“This November, our lives and our democracy depend on your vote, and the first step is the March 1 Primary,” said Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble. “Local elections are often won in the Primary, and we urge every Democrat to cast their ballot! You can decide Texas’ future on March 1st.”
A Joint Primary Election includes:

Vote Center Changes
Dallas County voters from both parties can vote at any vote center in Dallas County and the Dallas County Elections Department will attempt to utilize all countywide vote centers. Voters will now be able to discreetly choose their party affiliation at the qualification table instead of attending party-specific vote centers or standing in a Republican Party or Democratic Party line at a vote center. The deadline to register to vote for March 1, 2022, Primary Election is January 31st. You can visit the DallasCountyVotes.org site to check your registration status or to download a voter registration application.

Higher Primary Poll Worker Pay
To ensure appropriately staffed vote centers, Dallas County will pay the difference to poll workers between the State’s reimbursement of $12 per hour for primary poll workers and the County’s normal rate. This increases
Election Clerk’s pay to $16/hour and the Elections Judges to $18/hour.
Explore opportunities to work at election polls HERE.

Familiar Voting Process
Dallas County voters will have the opportunity to vote in the same location and nearly the same manner that they have over the last several major elections.

As details are finalized further information can be found at DallasCountyVotes.org.

Elecciones Primarias Conjuntas Anunciadas para el Condado Dallas

Dallas, Texas – La Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas aprobó un contrato entre el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado Dallas, Michael Scarpello, la Presidenta del Partido Demócrata del Condado Dallas, Kristy Noble, y la Presidenta del Partido Republicano del Condado Dallas, Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu, para realizar la Primera Elección Primaria Conjunta en la historia del Condado Dallas.

La discusión de una elección conjunta comenzó dos meses antes de un acuerdo alcanzado por las Presidentas del Partido Demócrata y Republicano el 7 de enero de 2022, y aprobado por la Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas el 11 de enero. El contrato es para las elecciones primarias del 1 de marzo y permitirá a los votantes de ambos partidos votar en cualquier centro de votación en el Condado Dallas. En elecciones primarias anteriores, los votantes se limitaban a votar en centros de votación específicos al partido o a presentarse en las líneas del partido de preferencia en una ubicación compartida.

Vea la Orden completa de la Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas AQUÍ.

“Con el fin de dar la mejor experiencia para los votantes en las próximas elecciones primarias, los partidos y el Condado Dallas se han asociado en preparación para la primera elección primaria conjunta. Esto nos permitirá asignar recursos y coordinarnos para garantizar un proceso de votación sin problemas para todos, sin importar dónde vote o en qué primaria elija votar.” dijo el Juez del Condado Dallas Clay Jenkins.

“Quiero felicitar al Administrador de Elecciones Michael Scarpello y al personal del Departamento de Elecciones por facilitar el Acuerdo Conjunto de Elecciones Primarias y su compromiso de llevar a cabo elecciones justas y eficientes.,” dijo la Presidenta del Partido Republicano del Condado Dallas, Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu.

“Este noviembre, nuestras vidas y nuestra democracia dependen de su voto, y el primer paso son las Primarias del 1 de marzo. ¡Las elecciones locales se ganan frecuentemente en las primarias, e invitamos a cada demócrata a emitir su voto! Puedes decidir el futuro de Texas el 1 de marzo.”. dijo la Presidenta del Partido Demócrata del Condado Dallas, Kristy Noble.

La elección primaria conjunta incluye:

Cambios en el Centro de Votación
Los votantes del Condado Dallas de ambos partidos pueden votar en cualquier centro de votación en el Condado Dallas y el Departamento de Elecciones intentará utilizar todos los centros de votación en el condado. Los votantes ahora podrán elegir discretamente su afiliación de partido en lugar de asistir a centros de votación específicos a un partido o pararse en una línea del partido preferido. La fecha límite para registrarse para votar para las elecciones primarias del 1 de marzo de 2022 es el 31 de enero. Puede visitar el sitio de DallasCountyVotes.org para verificar su estado de registro o para descargar una solicitud deregistro de votantes.

Salario para los Trabajadores Electorales
Para garantizar que los centros de votación cuenten con el personal adecuado, el Condado Dallas pagará la diferencia a los trabajadores entre el reembolso del Estado de $12 por hora para los trabajadores y la tarifa normal del Condado. Esto aumenta el salario de los trabajadores electorales a $16/hora y los jueces electorales a $18/hora.

Explore oportunidades para trabajar en los centros de votación AQUÍ.

Proceso de Votación Familiar
Los votantes del Condado Dallas tendrán la oportunidad de votar en el mismo lugar y de la misma manera que lo han hecho en las últimas elecciones.
A medida que se finalizan los detalles, se puede encontrar más información en DallasCountyVotes.org.

Duncanville City Manager Names New Chief of Police

2021 - LiVigni, MarkDuncanville, TX (January 10, 2022) – The City of Duncanville today announced the permanent appointment of Mark LiVigni as Chief of Police. Mr. LiVigni has been a member of the Duncanville Police Department since 1993, most recently serving as Interim Police Chief since March of 2021.

After vetting twenty-six candidates down to three finalists who went through a battery of interviews, including a community meet and greet, City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides selected Mark LiVigni as the new Chief of Police.

“Both Chief LiVigni’s professionalism and commitment to our City made him an ideal choice for permanent appointment as our Chief of Police,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “I am genuinely excited to see his vision for our police department become a reality and have a positive impact on the lives of Duncanville’s residents.”

“I have had the honor of working alongside Mark for many years now,” Assistant City Manager and former Police Chief Robert D. Brown, Jr. added. “I am confident that our new Chief of Police will innovate and elevate the Duncanville Police Department.”

Chief LiVigni, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has more than twenty-eight years of policing experience, all serving the citizens of Duncanville. He has served in every sworn rank of the department and is only the second individual in the department’s history to have done so with this appointment. He is also a graduate of several high-level professional training courses, including the F.B.I. National Academy, the Senior Management in Policing training of the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration’s Executive Leadership training. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.

Chief LiVigni said, “I could not be more excited, honored, yet humbled to serve this diverse City of Champions as its Chief of Police. The men and women of the Duncanville Police Department are committed to providing the best police service possible to the citizens of this great city. Collectively, we will work to make a good department even better. I appreciate our city management team’s confidence and that of our mayor and city council members.”

“I and the Duncanville City Council, as representatives of the residents of our fine City, are pleased that Duncanville will have a continuity of the type of quality service our great Police Department has always provided,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Mark LiVigni’s commitment to our fine men and women in uniform and our community make his selection one I and City Council can stand behind with great confidence.”

A formal Swearing-In ceremony is planned for Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Police Chief LiVigni recently promoted Matthew Stogner to serve as Assistant Chief of Police. Mr. Stogner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification. He is a graduate of the Senior Management in Policing Program from the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts. Matthew Stogner has most recently served as S.W.A.T. Commander and has been an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant during his 22-year career.

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 8,483 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 9 Deaths, Including 1,673 Probable Cases

As of 3:00 pm January 14, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 8,483 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 6,810 confirmed cases, and 1,673 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 406,605 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 82,390 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,658 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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 man in his 40’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Duncanville. He 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 Garland. He expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 40’s who was a resident of the City of Hutchins. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Cedar Hill. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. 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 Garland. 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 woman in her 70’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 897 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 161 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 667 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 14 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  19 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 2 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). Two hundred cases have been hospitalized and 34 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and twenty-five people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/14/2022, a total of 31,213 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 1 (week ending 1/8/22), which is a weekly rate of 1,184.3 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 1/8/2022, about 78% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 97% of residents age 65 years and older; 84% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 75% of residents 25-39 years of age; 64% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 59% 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, Lancaster, 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 54.1 % of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 1 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated.  In Dallas County, 25,370 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 1,881 (7.4%) were hospitalized and 239 have died due to COVID-19. Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/8/2022 (CDC week 1), 42.1% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 1, 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 (4.71%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (20.25%) and RSV (9.32%).

There are currently 76 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,409 residents and 3,464 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,221 have been hospitalized and 857 have died. About 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. There have been 11 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 802 residents and 268 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’s high total of cases and the closures of several of our school districts in North Texas illustrates the strain that the Omicron variant is inflicting on families and businesses. In order to keep businesses open and people safe, it is important that we do not go to work or school if we have been in close contact with a COVID positive case or are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID until you have been tested to know your status at one of our facilities or with an at-home test, and until you’ve reviewed the guidelines from the CDC on when to return to work/school. Employers, now is the time to allow telecommuting to the fullest extent possible. In businesses where telecommuting is not possible, ensure strict compliance with masking and allow people to work in the smallest groups or “pods” possible, so that if an infection strikes a group, it will not shut down an entire assembly line or department.

“Individuals, please consider your need to be in large, crowded and indoor settings outside your home now through the end of the month. Take advantage of curbside pick-up or delivery and outdoor activities where spacing is possible. And lastly, if you have not gotten your primary vaccine series or your booster if you’re eligible, go to www.vaccines.gov and find a vaccination clinic near you. I know many are mentally tired from this Covid pandemic, but we must not lose our resolve to do the things that are proven to keep us as safe as possible,” 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 a Total of 4,133 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 15 Deaths, Including 1,836 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 12, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 4,133 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 2,297 confirmed cases, and 1,836 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 395,804 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 78,875 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,636 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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 man in his 20’s who was a resident of the City of Rowlett. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 20’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 30’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. 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 Dallas. He expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Desoto. He 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 Mesquite. He expired at a facility 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 70’s who was a resident of the City of Cedar Hill. 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 had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. He expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 850 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 156 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 627 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 13 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  19 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and eighty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 21 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and sixteen people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/7/2022, a total of 15,907 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 52 (week ending 1/1/22), which is a weekly rate of 603.6 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 1/1/2022, 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; 74% of residents 25-39 years of age; 63% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 58% 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 61.5% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 52 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated.  In Dallas County, 23,950 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 803 (3.4%) were hospitalized and 230 have died due to COVID-19. Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/1/2022 (CDC week 52), 41.7% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 52, 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 (7.63%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (21.99%), and RSV (7.53%).

There are currently 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 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 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. There have been 7 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 789 residents and 264 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’s numbers are 4,133 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths. With the Omicron variant still dramatically increasing in numbers and expected to peak in the next week-and-a-half to three weeks, now’s the time to keep our resolve to doing the things that are proven to increase our chances of staying safe and of keeping ourselves, our family, and our community safe; These include limiting attendance at crowded indoor events and using options like curbside pickup and delivery. If there’s a way to have meetings by telephone or zoom, it’s advisable, as is working from home to the fullest extent possible, from now until an established decline in Omicron cases. Knowing your status through testing is increasingly important. And I encourage everyone to get at home-test if they can find them or utilize our testing centers that we continue to open to keep up with demand throughout Dallas county. You can find all the centers here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/testing-locations.php. Today we opened a testing center at Fair Park and tomorrow a testing site will be opened at Mesquite ISD Memorial Stadium. For details and appointment links, visit: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/testing-locations.php. It’s never too late to get vaccinated. And those who have not been boosted need to do so as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Omicron will not be the last of COVID that we have to face and getting protection now from this wave by the vaccine will is the best way to protect yourself against the next wave as well.,” 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 a Three-Day Total of 12,698 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 8 Deaths, Including 1,921 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 11, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 12,698 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 10 confirmed cases, and 884 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 393,507 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 77,039 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,621 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s press release includes the new case totals accumulated from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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 50’s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. She was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. 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 expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.    

  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville. She expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions. 

  • A man in his 90’s who was a resident of the City of Garland. He had been hospitalized and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 850 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 156 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 627 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 13 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  19 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and eighty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 21 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and sixteen people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/7/2022, a total of 15,907 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 52 (week ending 1/1/22), which is a weekly rate of 603.6 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 1/1/2022, 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; 74% of residents 25-39 years of age; 63% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 58% 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 61.5% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 52 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated.  In Dallas County, 23,950 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 803 (3.4%) were hospitalized and 230 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/1/2022 (CDC week 52), 41.7% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 52, 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 (7.63%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (21.99%), and RSV (7.53%).

There are currently 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 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 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 7 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 789 residents and 264 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’s numbers are 12,698 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths. This is a three-day total. UT Southwester’s medical model released last week estimated that up to 1250 people would be hospitalized in Dallas County by the end of the month. We are already at more than 1,200 hospitalizations and the new UT Southwestern model released yesterday estimates that hospitalizations will more than double by the end of January, and up to 10,000 cases will be reported per day. Keep in mind, this only includes cases that are processed in our labs and does not include the home test kits, which will become more popular and more utilized as supply increases. This indicates that this particular strain of COVID is one of the most contagious viruses measured, surpassing all of the known viruses period. This does not mean it’s the most deadly virus, but simply the most contagious. Even with it being less deadly than the Delta strain, the sheer number of people who will get it means that our hospitals will be full, and this will have an impact not only on COVID patients, but everyone in need of a hospital room. For this reason it’s imperative that we get vaccinated if we’re not already, that we get boosted, as most vaccinated people in Dallas County have not yet had their booster. Boosters are easy to come by. You can find them at Vaccines.gov. It’s also important that we wear a mask indoors when outside our own homes, and avoid crowds when possible. We can’t all do everything, but we can all do something. And your part is to get boosted, wear a mask, and avoid those crowds. Those are the most important things we can do right now, for yourself, your community and your country in this battle against COVID-19.,” 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 a Total of 2,574 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 15 Deaths, Including 884 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 10, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 2,574 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 1,690 confirmed cases, and 884 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 382,730 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 75,118 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,613 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

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 female in her teens who was a resident of the City of Irving. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 30’s who was a resident of the City of Addison. 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 Mesquite. He had been hospitalized 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 50’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. 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 expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Lancaster. She was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He was found deceased at home 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 critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’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 70’s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville. She expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

A man in his 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Duncanville. He expired in the facility and had underlying high-risk health conditions.      

  • A woman in her 100’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired at home and had underlying high risk health conditions

To date, a total of 850 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 156 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 627 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 13 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  19 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and eighty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 21 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and sixteen people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/7/2022, a total of 15,907 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 52 (week ending 1/1/22), which is a weekly rate of 603.6 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 1/1/2022, 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; 74% of residents 25-39 years of age; 63% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 58% 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 61.5% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 52 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated.  In Dallas County, 23,950 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 803 (3.4%) were hospitalized and 230 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/1/2022 (CDC week 52), 41.7% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 52, 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 (7.63%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (21.99%), and RSV (7.53%).

There are currently 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 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 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. There have been 7 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 789 residents and 264 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.

“If you walk into a room with a person with COVID-19 unmasked for any length of time, you’re very likely to contract COVID yourself. So please wear your mask in any setting, outside your home and avoid crowds whenever possible. More than 70% of our eligible population has had at least one shot, but only a little over 15% of our eligible population has had their booster. Please get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible. Omicron will infect more Texans than any other variant by far. It’s imperative, we all do our part to keep our community safe,” 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 a Total of 6,589 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 11 Deaths, Including 2,752 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 07, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 6,589 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 3,837 confirmed cases, and 2,752 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 381,040 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 74,234 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,598 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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 Dallas. She was found deceased at home 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 man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. 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 Irving. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He was found deceased and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 60’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 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70’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 70’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 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 850 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 156 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 627 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 13 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon); 19 cases of P.1 (Gamma); 9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 1 case of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). One hundred and eighty-seven cases have been hospitalized and 21 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and sixteen people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/7/2022, a total of 15,907 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 52 (week ending 1/1/22), which is a weekly rate of 603.6 new cases per 100,000 (0.6036%) residents.

As of the week ending 1/1/2022, 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; 74% of residents 25-39 years of age; 63% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 58% 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 61.5% of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 52 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 23,950 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 803 (3.4%) were hospitalized and 230 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/1/2022 (CDC week 52), 41.7% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 52, 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 (7.63%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (21.99%), and RSV (7.53%).

There are currently 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 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 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 7 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 789 residents and 264 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 experienced another all-time high for reported COVID-19 cases of 6,589 cases and 11 deaths. Our healthcare and education heroes need your help. Please thoughtfully consider events outside your home so that you avoid large crowds. Avoid any indoor activity where everyone is not masked. Make sure your children are masked at all time in indoor activities, as Omicron is causing more problems in children than previous variants. If you’re not vaccinated, please get vaccinated. If you’re not boosted, please get boosted and please avoid crowds. We want to keep our schools open and our children in a rich in-school learning environment, but in order to do that, schools cannot be ravaged by COVID outbreaks. Similarly we want to keep our economy strong and our workplaces staffed. In order to do that, we’ve got to be very careful and thoughtful for the next month and a half until we hopefully can get through this Omicron surge,” 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 a Total of 6,310 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 12 Deaths, Including 1,359 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 06, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 6,310 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 4,951 confirmed cases, and 1,063 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 377,203 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 71,482 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,587 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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 30’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. 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 Garland. He 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 Grand Prairie. He expired in an area hospital ED 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 man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Seagoville. He 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 Dallas. He 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 Lancaster. She expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’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 man in his 70’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 woman in her 80’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 had been hospitalized 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 cases 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 53 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,062 residents and 3,124 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 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 7 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 789 residents and 264 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’s numbers are 6,310 new cases and 12 deaths. If this is the highest total number of new cases we’ve ever for one day. Keep in mind that these numbers do not include home test kits, which are being increasingly used by those who can find them. We continue to open new test sites as quickly as possible. It’s very important to know your status. If you feel sick, stay home from work or school until you can get tested and receive your results to help us control the spread. With the number of people in hospital care in Dallas County doubling during the past two weeks, and with the new UT Southwestern medical model coming out today stating that by the end of the month, we’ll likely have more people in the hospital in both Dallas and Tarrant counties than ever before, it is imperative that we control the spread as best we can. Wear your mask and when possible double up on the masking (cloth mask over a surgical mask) or wear a KN95 mask. Avoid unnecessary get-togethers at this time. And together we’ll control the spread and weather the Omicron surge,” 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/