Dallas County Reports a Total of 151 Newly Reported Cases of COVID-19 within 14 Days of Specimen Collection Date and 5 Deaths

Daily press releases will no longer be posted on this website starting Monday, May 16th. Daily COVID-19 data will be posted online at Twitter.com/JudgeClayJ and also be available at https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is continuing to update and upgrade the data collection system. Cumulative case counts are being updated and will be reported at a later time. DCHHS is reporting 151 newly reported cases of COVID-19 within 14 days of specimen collection date. A total of 6,437 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Farmers Branch. She was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s 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 70s 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 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 90s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 2,592 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 288 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 1,858 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 31 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  29 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  15 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 5 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 4 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 355 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 3 cases of P.2 (Zeta). Four hundred and forty-nine cases have been hospitalized and 64 have died. Forty-nine COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Seven hundred and thirty-six people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant.

For week 17, 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 (10.51%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (35.35 %), and RSV (2.79%).

There are currently 15 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 6,493 residents and 4,365 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,338 have been hospitalized and 911 have died. About 16% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 0 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 1,152 residents and staff members (856 residents and 296 staff) 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.

As today’s numbers illustrate, the risk of serious complications from COVID-19 is not gone. Vaccination is the best way to protect against a serious case of COVID. Find a vaccine or booster near you at COVID.gov,” 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 298 Newly Reported Cases of COVID-19 within 14 Days of Specimen Collection Date and 1 Death

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is continuing to update and upgrade the data collection system. Cumulative case counts are being updated and will be reported at a later time. DCHHS is reporting 298 newly reported cases of COVID-19 within 14 days of the specimen collection date. A total of 6,427 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

The additional death being reported today include the following:

  • A man in his 40s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 2,592 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 288 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 1,858 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 31 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  29 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  15 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 5 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 4 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 355 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 3 cases of P.2 (Zeta). Four hundred and forty-nine cases have been hospitalized and 64 have died. Forty-nine COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Seven hundred and thirty-six people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant.

For week 17, 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 (10.51%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (35.35 %), and RSV (2.79%).

There are currently 15 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 6,493 residents and 4,365 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,338 have been hospitalized and 911 have died. About 16% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 0 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 1,152 residents and staff members (856 residents and 296 staff) in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“We’re still in the green threat level of COVID-19 with a low number of cases and hospitalizations. However, the threat of catching COVID is not over. And the best way to protect yourself and COVID is to be vaccinated. If you’ve already been vaccinated but have not received your booster, now’s a good time to get your booster. You can find a shot near you, still for free at vaccines.gov,” 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 an 8-Day Total of 409 Newly Reported Cases of COVID-19 within 14 Days of Specimen Collection Date and 4 Deaths

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is continuing to update and upgrade the data collection system. Cumulative case counts are being updated and will be reported at a later time. DCHHS is reporting 409 newly reported cases of COVID-19 within 14 days of specimen collection date received during the 8-day period between 4/28 through 5/5. A total of 6,426 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A man in his 20s 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 40s 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 40s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie. She expired in an area hospital ED and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite. He was found deceased at home and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 2,592 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 288 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 1,858 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 31 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  29 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  15 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 5 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 4 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 355 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 3 cases of P.2 (Zeta). Four hundred and forty-nine cases have been hospitalized and 64 have died. Forty-nine COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Seven hundred and thirty-six people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant.

For week 17, 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 (10.51%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (35.35 %), and RSV (2.79%).

There are currently 15 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 6,493 residents and 4,365 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,338 have been hospitalized and 911 have died. About 16% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 0 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 1,152 residents and staff members (856 residents and 296 staff) in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“DCHHS is continuing to work to improve the computer interface to get more accurate and timely data. It may be several days before the switch over to the new system is done. In the meantime, we are providing the data that is currently available. The numbers are low, but they have increased and now is a good time for those who have not been vaccinated to get their vaccine, and for those who have not had a third shot to get this important dose. Go to covid.gov to find a free vaccination 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 Will Not Report New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases This Week Due to Launch of New Centralized Data Engine

DALLAS — Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is continuing to work on the launch of a centralized data engine with all COVID-19 historical data. New daily case count numbers will be delayed until the process is completed. A new report will likely be issued on Monday, May 9th, 2022. Current hospitalization data are shown below.

“The most recent projections from UT Southwestern show that we will likely see an increase in cases, but that hospitalizations should remain low for the next several weeks. How many new cases we see will be determined in part by the precautions we take. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings. To further reduce risk, it is always okay to mask in indoor or other settings, around high risk individuals, or whenever you’d feel more comfortable wearing a mask based on your personal risk. It is also very important that we are all up-to-date with our COVID-19 vaccines, which includes a booster for most of us and a second booster for people 50+ or those who are immunocompromised. To find a free COVID-19 vaccine or booster near you, visit Vaccines.gov,” 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/

Missing Person Update

April 21, 2022

The Duncanville Police Department initially responded to a call concerning Juanita Rodriguez as a missing person on Monday, April 18, 2022. On that date, Duncanville police officers were unable to substantiate circumstances that would indicate Ms. Rodriguez’s disappearance was anything but voluntary based on information provided by the reporting party. The requirements for filing Ms. Rodriguez as a Missing Person did not meet the criteria outlined by Duncanville departmental regulation or Texas State law.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Ms. Rodriguez’s family contacted the Duncanville Police Department with new details. Ms. Rodriguez was immediately submitted as a Missing Person with the Texas Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (TCIC/NCIC) databases. An investigation was initiated at this time.

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 3:42 p.m., Dallas Police Department released the following information via a press release:

“On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 2:32 p.m., Dallas Police responded to a call regarding a body at 3000 S. Ledbetter Drive. Upon arrival, officers found a body wrapped in a plastic trap on the side of the street. Homicide detectives, Crime Scene, Dallas County Medical Examiner field agents responded and processed the scene.  The race, gender, cause of death, and identity of the victim were pending based on the medical examiner’s autopsy.

“On April 21, the victim was identified as 54-year-old Juanita Rodriguez. This unexplained death has been reclassified as a murder based on the medical examiner’s autopsy which determined the victim died from a gunshot wound. Rodriguez was reported missing by her family on Saturday, April 16 to the Duncanville Police Department. On Monday, April 18, 2022, Rodriguez’s vehicle was found by Dallas Police abandoned on Navy Avenue.” https://dpdbeat.com/2022/04/21/homicide-at-3000-s-ledbetter-drive/

The Duncanville Police Department wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Juanita Rodriguez.

The motive and circumstances surrounding this murder are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Valdez at (214) 671-3623. Future inquiries may be sent to the Dallas Police Department.

Related: Missing Person

Missing Person

On 04/18/2022, Duncanville police officers were dispatched to a call for service in the 300 block of Charlotte Street regarding a missing person, who was later identified as Juanita Elena Rodriguez, a white female born on 06/24/1967. After contacting the initial caller, officers were informed Juanita Rodriguez left her house on 04/15/2022 and had not returned. Family members of Juanita Rodriguez advised it was not uncommon for her to leave her home and not return for days at a time. Officers instructed the caller to contact the police with further updates or concerns about Juanita Rodriguez as they were available.

On 04/19/2022, officers were recontacted and provided additional information regarding this missing person. Officers were informed that Juanita Rodriguez’s vehicle had been recovered by Dallas Police Department, but she has still not been located. Furthermore, Jaunita Rodriguez did not report to work on 04/18/2022 and 04/19/2022. Duncanville officers entered Juanita Rodriguez into the TCIC/NCIC database as a missing person.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about Juanita Elena Rodriguez’s whereabouts should contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 ext 4.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information about Juanita Elena Rodriguez’s whereabouts should contact the Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 ext 4.

DIESEL FUEL THEFTS INCREASE AS FUEL PRICES RISE

Duncanville, TX – On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, a Duncanville gas station owner met with police officers concerning the theft of diesel fuel. Several thousand gallons of diesel fuel were reportedly stolen from the station’s pumps on several dates since early February. The February thefts seemed to have occurred when the station, located at 1411 North Duncanville Road, was closed. Since the Duncanville Police Department was made aware of these theft offenses, the gas station has not reported being further victimized by similar crimes.

Detectives are working with local and state officials to develop leads to these and similar thefts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area.

Fuel may become a more attractive commodity due to recent cost increases. Citizens knowing of anyone selling any type of fuel from a place other than a state-regulated gas station should contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/fmq/fmqcomplaints.htm), the Texas Comptrollers Office (https://comptroller.texas.gov/), or their local police department immediately.

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SHOOTING DURING A MAJOR DISTURBANCE IN DUNCANVILLE

Duncanville, TX – On Saturday, March 26, 2022, at approximately 3:47 a.m., Duncanville Police Officers responded to a call for service regarding a major disturbance at Deerchase Condos at 611 Oriole Boulevard, in the City of Duncanville, Texas. The 911 caller advised hearing what sounded like a physical disturbance between a male and a female and then heard what the caller described as five to six gunshots. Within minutes of receiving the initial call for service, officers arrived and discovered a male in the parking lot suffering from multiple apparent gunshot wounds. Officers directed medical assistance to the male. A Duncanville Fire Department ambulance transported the male to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injuries and is currently in ICU.

Responding officers identified an involved female, several possible witnesses, and confiscated a firearm believed to have been used during the incident.

We do not believe there is an ongoing risk to the public. This incident appears to have stemmed from a previous relationship between a male and a female. The female was treated for minor injuries at the scene by paramedics.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about this incident should contact Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 4.

Dallas County Will Not Report New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Tuesday and Wednesday Due to Launch of New Centralized Data Engine

DALLAS — Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is launching a centralized data engine and is currently loading all COVID-19 historical data. While this process is completed, new reports will be unavailable. A new report will be issued on Thursday, May 5th, 2022.

“While our numbers are still low, we are seeing a significant increase in cases. Through April 28th Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation reports a 39.9% week over week increase in cases at 1,216 reported cases for the week, there was a 50.5% week over week increase in youth cases or 155 youth cases reported. While these numbers are still low, the increase is concerning. Keep in mind that the new strains of Omicron can be mild and mimic other seasonal illnesses, but can serious in those who are elderly, immunocompromised or have underlying conditions. We still have under 60% of the total population that has been vaccinated. And only 21.2% of the entire population has been boosted. If you haven’t had your vaccination, or your booster yet go to covid.gov and find a free shot 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/