City Council Extends Safer at Home Order to May 6, 2020

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At the Regular Session City Council meeting held April 7, 2020, the City Council reviewed the local disaster declaration and public health order and voted unanimously to approve a resolution extending the order until May 6, 2020.

This post has been edited, removing “The order mirrors Dallas County’s April 30” as the Duncanville Order is set to continue to May 6, the day after the next Duncanville City Council Meeting.

People are encouraged shelter in place, leaving their homes for only essential work or activities. Social distancing, which is to maintain at least 6 feet between persons, continues to be the best practice when outside the home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


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

Duncanville Bulk Collection Suspended, Residents Asked to Bag All Trash, Recycling Reminders

Updated April 8, 2020: Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18

Visit www.duncanville.com/trash for more information pertaining to solid waste collection, including the collection schedule, map and list of acceptable items.


April 2, 2020 – Effective immediately, Republic Services has temporarily suspended bulk collection in Duncanville until further notice. All other solid waste services, including brush pickup, will continue as usual, subject to further modifications by Republic Services. As a temporary solution, Republic Services has agreed to provide a self-service dumpster for residential bulk waste. The dumpster will be located at the Service Center and residents will have a specified time frame to bring bulk items for disposal. More information forthcoming when the dumpster becomes available for resident use.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Shelter in Place order, Republic Services has reported a significant increase in residential trash. This change allows Republic Services to adjust available resources to accommodate the surge in trash volume, as well as ensures that maintaining a clean community remains the priority. Residents are asked to either store bulk items until regular collection resumes, or utilize the dumpster located at the Service Center.

Republic Services will resume full collection services as soon as possible, and the cost for residential solid waste service will not be affected by the temporary change. Bulk items that will not be picked up include stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, furniture, water tanks, fencing materials and other large, bulky items. For now, trash, brush and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled; However, Republic Services has advised that further modifications may be required in the future due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

All Trash Must be Bagged in Order to be Collected
To protect sanitation employees’ health and safety, Republic Services is asking that all trash be securely bagged, and trash bags cannot exceed 35 pounds each.

Recycling Contamination Increase
Republic Services has seen an increase in recycling contamination. When one item of recycling is contaminated, it contaminates the entire bin. Please take the appropriate steps to keep recycling contamination-free by only placing clean, empty and dry recyclables in the bin. Knowing what is and is not accepted, rinsing recyclable food containers and keeping plastic bags out of the bins will better ensure that these items go to recycling facilities rather than landfills.

Recycling Acceptable Items

  • Paper
  • Aluminum containers & tin cans (canned goods)
  • Plastic containers marked #1, #2 and #5
  • Boxes with no wax coating or food residue
  • Magazines, junk mail and soft cover books

Recycling Unacceptable Items

  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Medical Waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Diapers/clothing/textiles
  • Anything with food/liquid residue
  • Carton-style containers with gable top
  • Household hazardous waste and/or containers
  • Plastic containers marked #3, #4, #6, of #7 (or no number at all)

Updated April 8, 2020: Bulk Item Self-Service Drop-off Begins Saturday, April 18

Dallas County Reports 61 Additional COVID-19 Cases with the Total Case Count at 549

As of 10:00 am March 30, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 61 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 549.  The 11th death from COVID-19 is being reported, of a man in his 40’s who was found deceased in his residence in the city of Dallas.  This individual was reported to have had other high-risk chronic health conditions. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (65%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are increasing, with 36% of all hospitalized patients requiring admission to intensive care units.

New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays. 

“We are working collaboratively with industry and working groups to ensure that our essential business employees are as safe as possible. These front line workers are supply chain heroes. We are also asking our community to please be careful on our parks and trails. Social distancing is physical distancing and physical distancing is at least 6 feet. If you are jogging past 500 people going the opposite direction on a trail, you’re breathing droplets on the trail from all of those people, and likewise they are breathing yours. A lack of compliance with physical distancing only increases the chance that more people will get sick and lengthens the time before we get the economy moving again,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/

Mayor Gordon Amends Shelter in Place Order to Include Further Definitions, Provisions and Price Gouging Prohibitions

On March 30, 2020, Mayor Barry Gordon signed an amended public health order that mirrors the order Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued, which went into effect at 9:00 pm on March 29, 2020. 

The amended order includes the following changes:

  1. Prohibits self-serve food and beverage dispensers
  2. Prohibits customers from standing inside a restaurant to wait on their order
  3. Prohibits gas and convenience stores from selling self-service food and beverage items
  4. Issued new orders pertaining to the Construction Industry and Long-Term Health Facilities
  5. Added “Minimum Basic Operations” Language
    • Allows non-essential businesses to do the following:
      • The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
      • The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
  6. Added “Essential Travel” Language
    • Includes travel for any of the following purposes:
      • Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses Essential Critical Infrastructure, and Minimum Basic Operation;
      • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;
      • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services;
      • Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction;
      • Travel required by law enforcement or court order;
      • Travel by church staff or clergy for the purpose of production of remote delivery of religious services and other ministries requiring travel;
      • Travel related to attending a funeral service; or
      • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County.
  7. Added Safety Provisions for Contractors
    • The Order classified construction for public works, residential, commercial, and schools as critical infrastructure. Elective additions and maintenance are prohibited.
    • All employers involved in construction activity must follow the requirements set forth in the COVID-19 Safety Recommendations issued by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition.
  8. Added Prohibition on Price Gouging
    • No person shall sell any of the following goods or services for more than the regular retail price the person charged for the goods or services on March 16, 2020:
      • groceries, beverages, toilet articles, and ice;
      • restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals; and
      • medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and supplies.

View the amended March 30, 2020 Duncanville Order.

March 29, 2020 Amended Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins

Amended Shelter in Place Order with Additional Definitions, Safety Provisions, and Price Gouging Prohibitions

March 29 Dallas County Order | Rules for Construction Industry
Order Regarding Long-Term Health Facilities

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an amended order effective at 11:59 PM on March 29, 2020 that further refined what is deemed as essential business.

  1. Added “Minimum Basic Operations” Language
    • Allows non-essential businesses to do the following:
      • The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
      • The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
  2. Added “Essential Travel” Language
    • Includes travel for any of the following purposes:
      • Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses Essential Critical Infrastructure, and Minimum Basic Operation;
      • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;
      • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services;
      • Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction;
      • Travel required by law enforcement or court order;
      • Travel by church staff or clergy for the purpose of production of remote delivery of religious services and other ministries requiring travel;
      • Travel related to attending a funeral service; or
      • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County.
  3. Added Safety Provisions for Contractors
    • The Order classified construction for public works, residential, commercial, and schools as critical infrastructure. Elective additions and maintenance are prohibited.
    • All employers involved in construction activity must follow the requirements set forth in the COVID-19 Safety Recommendations issued by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition.
  4. Added Prohibition on Price Gouging
    • No person shall sell any of the following goods or services for more than the regular retail price the person charged for the goods or services on March 16, 2020:
      • groceries, beverages, toilet articles, and ice;
      • restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals; and
      • medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and supplies.
  5. Re-formatted the Order

March 29, 2020 Amended Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins


March 29, 2020 Order Regarding Long-Term Care Facilities


March 29, 2020 Rules for Construction Industry


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

First COVID-19 Case Reported in Duncanville


Dallas County Summary Report with March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Data


With the arrival of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Duncanville has taken steps to prepare our community to slow the spread and educate the public regarding the highly contagious virus. On Friday, March 27, 2020 Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) publicly reported Duncanville’s first positive COVID-19 case.

On March 13, 2020, Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon issued the initial disaster declaration and public health order, which followed Dallas County’s guidance and regional containment recommendations. The city took immediate action to address the community’s needs and protect the health, safety and well-being of the citizens, businesses, community partners and employees. The order was subsequently amended several times in keeping with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Emergency Orders, and on March 23, 2020 a Shelter in Place order was issued.

“I am asking all Duncanville residents to do their part and help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in our community, including following the guidelines set forth by Dallas County and the city during the current health crisis,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry Gordon. “The Shelter in Place order requires residents to stay home, follow social distancing protocols and limit travel to essential activities only”.

The city has taken steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, including closing all facilities to the public and canceling non-essential events, programs, classes and meetings. Residents and businesses have been asked to conduct any city business online at www.duncanville.com or call 975-780-5000. Several departments have adjusted services to accommodate the disruption, including offering the Senior Lunch pick-up-and-go service and the Parks & Recreation department’s virtual health and wellness activities to keep the community exercising.

The economic impact has been swift and damaging, and the challenges in Duncanville are felt across the state and nation. To assist restaurants impacted by the dine-in restrictions, Council has implemented temporary sign allowances and waived permit fees for sandwich board signs and banners to help advertise delivery, curbside pickup and drive-thru specials.

While many businesses such as grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores and auto repair shops have been declared essential and continue to serve the public, others have been impacted with mandatory work-from-home or storefront closures. Local businesses can still be supported when citizens utilize online shopping. Shopping locally will help Duncanville businesses weather this pandemic.

DCHHS is the lead agency responsible for providing information and guidance regarding COVID-19 to the City of Duncanville. The Duncanville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management are actively engaged with daily calls and communication with DCHHS and other partners to ensure Duncanville has the latest updates and information regarding the evolving public health threat.

Please continue to follow www.duncanville.com/covid-19 for updates and to read the Shelter in Place order.

Dallas County Reports 64 Additional COVID-19 Cases for a Total of 367 Cases in the County

DALLAS — As of 10:00 am March 27, 2020, DCHHS is reporting 64 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 367.  Seven deaths have been reported to date. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are increasing, with 36% of all hospitalized patients requiring admission to intensive care units. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (65%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition.  

Please see attached summary of cases.  New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays. 

“I’m so proud of the way North Texas is stepping up to this challenge. We will get through this together. #StayHomeStaySafe,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The case count at the following link will only include county residents:

https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Most employees who work within the City of Dallas have a right to paid sick leave. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

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

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 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.

Additional information is available at the following websites


First COVID-19 Case Reported in Duncanville


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

Dallas County Reports 56 Additional COVID-19 Cases for a Total of 303 Cases in the County

As of 10:00 am March 26, 2020, DCHHS is reporting 56 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 303. The seventh death from COVID-19 is being reported, of a woman in her 90’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas.  This individual had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have other high-risk chronic health conditions. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (67%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. 

New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

“One third of those requiring hospitalization are under age 60 with no underlying conditions. COVID-19 is a danger to anyone, not just high-risk groups. Know that my prayers, and the prayers of our team, are with all those families with loved ones affected and with all of you. Stay safe. Stay home. And when you exercise, maintain 6 feet of social distancing at ALL times,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.


The case count at the following link will only include county residents: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php


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

Mayor Gordon Amends Shelter in Place Order to Further Define Essential Businesses & Exemptions

Mayor Barry Gordon signed an amended public health order that mirrors the order Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued, which went into effect at 9:00 pm on March 24, 2020. The order further refined what is deemed as essential business.

The amended order includes the following additions:

Clarified that the following businesses are essential and exempt
from the order:

  • Payroll, accounting, and insurance companies
  • Firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purpose of safety and security
  • Real estate and inspection services, but only for the purpose of title work and closing; open houses and showings are prohibited

Clarified the process for applying for an exemption:

  • Any manufacturer who retools their business for the purpose of manufacturing and producing ventilators, masks, personal protective equipment, or any supply necessary for Essential Healthcare Operations may apply for an “essential business” exemption under this Order. Submit requests for an exemption to BusinessCOVID19@dallascounty.org.

View the amended March 24, 2020 Duncanville Order.

View the Summary Report of the Executive Order.

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Hotline

Dallas, TX, March 20, 2020: As a result of the current state of emergency, the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA) has developed a dedicated COVID-19 mental health support line available to our system of care to provide trauma informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety during this time of crisis. This service will operate as an adjunct to our crisis services and allow for direct transfers between lines to address a need for a crisis level care.

It is normal to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during times of public crisis. This dedicated line will provide relief to our traditional crisis line while providing the necessary support within our community as we work through this specific crisis. The NTBHA COVID-19 Mental Health Support line can be reached at

833-251-7544

Individuals who contact the COVID-19 support line needing a higher level of care will be transferred directly to our traditional 24/7 NTBHA crisis line at, 866-260-8000.

This information will be shared across our social media pages and website. We are urging our stakeholders and providers to share through their various networks as well. This line will be available 24/7 starting Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12pm CST.


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