New Executive Orders GA-30 and GA-31 With Changes to Business Capacities, Elective Surgeries, and Nursing Home Visitation

Governor Greg Abbott, who was joined on Thursday, September 17, 2020, by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Bonnen, and Texas health officials for a press conference, announced new reopening plans for areas where COVID-19 hospitalization rates are at 15% or less. He also issued executive orders, GA-30 and GA-31, which provide the specific guidelines for those businesses to reopening.

COVID-19 hospitalization rates that are 15% or lower as a percentage of all people hospitalized in a region for seven consecutive days is the new threshold. In regions that meet this threshold retail, restaurants, offices, museums, libraries, gyms, and manufacturers will be permitted move from the earlier 50% capacity restrictions to 75%.

Elective surgeries are permitted to resume immediately.

Nursing homes, assisted living, and long-term care facilities have been given permission to resume visitations and provided health and safety protocols, which they must follow.

Bars are not permitted to reopen at this time.

Read Executive Order GA-30 | Read Executive Order GA-31


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

Duncanville Celebrates National Hispanic-Latino History Month – September 15, 2020 to October 15, 2020

Article Submitted by La’Trena Barrett, Commissioner
Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership (MSEP)

The 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Theme is:

Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Reference:  https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/hispanic-heritage-month 

To learn more, view each Presidential Proclamation:

Did You Know?

  • 60.6 million – The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2019, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 18.5% of the nation’s total population.
  • 12 – The number of states with a population of 1 million or more Hispanic residents in 2019 — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Reference: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2020/hispanic-heritage-month.html

Notable Hispanic and Latino Americans

Sonia Sotomayor, Celia Cruz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, César Chávez, Sylvia Rivera, Emma Gonzálex, Olga E. Custodio, Macario García, C. David Molina, Rita Moreno, Julia Alvarez, Roberto Clemente, Alfonso Cuarón, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Laurie Hernandez, Jaime Escalante, Frida Kahlo, Gloria Estefan

Educational Links

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.  

Click Here to Learn More About Hispanic Heritage Month

Visit the Smithsonian Latino Center to learn more about:

  • Celebrating Influential Latinos in American History
  • Building A National Latino Gallery
  • Latino History is American History

Learn more about the Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership.

City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing in September

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s waste water system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke that you may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber. In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. Should smoke enter your home or business, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew, who can check the sewer lines around your home or business to help determine the source of the smoke.

To prevent smoke from entering your home or business, make sure that all drain traps (also called “U Joints” or “P Traps”) in your home are filled with water by pouring water in the drain. A filled drain trap will keep smoke out of your home or business. Make sure air conditioning units run within several hours of the testing to ensure that the condensation drain trap is filled with water.

Work crews from BURGESS & NIPLE will be conducting the sewer inspections over the next few days. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements on your property. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes. BURGESS & NIPLE personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

Photographs will be made of leaks occurring in the system. We anticipate the smoke testing will require a few hours in your area. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing is being used to improve the quality of your wastewater collection system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact:

The City of Duncanville 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027

Prueba de Humo del Sistema de Drenaje Sanitario de la Ciudad de Duncanville

La Ciudad de Duncanville ha contratado a BURGESS & NIPLE de Austin, Tejas para realizar una encuesta sobre pruebas de humo en porciones del sistema de drenaje de Duncanville. Este examen implica la abertura y la inspección de bocas y de las líneas de la alcantarilla, que están situadas principalmente en servidumbres, pero se pueden situarse en calles. Una tarea importante del examen será la prueba del humo de las líneas de la alcantarilla para localizar roturas y defectos en el sistema de alcantarilla. El humo que usted puede ver venir de las pilas de ventilación en casas o agujeros en la tierra es inofensivo, tiene poco olor y no crea ningún riesgo de incendios. El humo no debe entrar en su hogar a menos que usted tenga plomería defectuosa o sumideros secos. Si ocurre esto, usted debe consultar a un fontanero licenciado. En cualquier caso de que el humo inofensivo entrara a través de la plomería defectuosa, el potencial existe para que los gases peligrosos de la alcantarilla incorporen su hogar o negocio. Si el humo ingrese su hogar o negocio, por favor contacte a un trabajador de Burgess & Niple para que pueda revisar las líneas de la alcantarilla alrededor de su hogar o negocio y para ayudar a determinar la origen del humo. Para prevenir la entrada de humo a su hogar o negocio, asegurarse de que todos las trampas del drenaje en su hogar se llenan con agua vertiendo el agua en el drenaje. Al llenar las trampas del drenaje con agua se podre mantener el humo fuera de su hogar o negocio. Cerciórese que aires acondicionado funcione por varias horas durante la prueba para asegurarse de que la trampa del drenaje de la condensación está llena de agua.

Trabajadores de BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. conducirán inspecciones de la alcantarilla en los próximos días. Los trabajadores pueden necesitar acceder las bocas de la alcantarilla en servidumbres de utilidad en su propiedad. Cuando estas líneas requieren una investigación, tendrán que acceder a las servidumbres de alcantarillado. Personal uniformados de BURGESS & NIPLE llevan credenciales de identificación. Dueños de casa no necesitan estar presentes y por ningún motivo, los trabajadores no tienen que entrar a su hogar o negocio.

Se tomarán fotografías de los fugas en el sistema. Anticipamos que la prueba del humo durar unas pocas horas en su área. Se le agradece su cooperación. La información obtenida de esta prueba será utilizada para mejorar la calidad de su sistema de drenaje sanitario.

Para más información:

La Ciudad de Duncanville – 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027


DCHHS announces second re-opening of Emergency Housing Assistance Program for Dallas County Residents

DALLAS (August 27, 2020) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) announces the second re-opening of the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) for residents of Dallas County. This program provides short-term, rental, mortgage and utility assistance to Dallas County residents living outside the City of Dallas facing economic hardship in the wake of COVID-19. Assistance for EHAP is eligibility based and will be processed through a lottery system.

DCHHS will begin accepting pre-screening applications online at https://www.dallascounty.org/ehap starting Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (CT). The pre-screening application process will remain open until such time that a closure is announced. The eligible pre-applications will be batched every other week (2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.) and processed through the ongoing lottery system to determine SLN order.

The pre-screening application form is available both, in English and Spanish. If you are an individual who does not have access to the internet or is unable to access the pre-screening application online, please call 214-819-1968. Pre-screening applications accepted by phone will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT). Please note that the submission of a pre-screening application does not guarantee eligibility or an offer of assistance. Only completed applications meeting eligibility requirements, and supported by required documentation, will be considered for assistance based on the availability of funds. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

“Given that we are encouraging families to continue to stay home as much as possible right now, keeping people in their homes is especially critical,” said DCHHS Director, Dr. Philip Huang. “As we continue to fight this virus, EHAP will help thousands of Dallas County families in need.” For more information, please visit:

https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/ehap-cares.php or https://www.dallascounty.org/covid19/emergency-assistance.php

DUNCANVILLE POLICE IMPLEMENT CRIME AWARENESS FOR CITIZENS

Duncanville residents will now be able to utilize a crime mapping tool to be more informed about reported crime within the City of Duncanville. This tool, CrimeMapping.com, interfaces with the Duncanville Police Department’s Records Management System (RMS) to map, list and chart general crime as reported. The Duncanville Police Department is excited to announce this tool to its citizens as a means to enhance their ability to access general crime data efficiently. Although this tool is anticipated to allow for more information-sharing about generalized crime to our citizens, it does not provide sensitive information about each reported crime due to victims’ privacy issues as well as issues pertaining to investigation integrity.

CrimeMapping.com can be accessed from any computer or mobile device either directly at www.CrimeMapping.com, or via a link on the City of Duncanville’s website. The desired data of each individual, based on his/her parameters, includes sharp map visuals and icons which clearly depict reported crimes in areas of interest (work, home, schools or daycare facilities).

The www.CrimeMapping.com website also allows users the ability to set individualized crime alerts around specific addresses by setting up automatic notifications pertinent to the area and/or reported crime(s) selected. A short instructional video, which can be found towards the bottom of the homepage at www.CrimeMapping.com, provides a detailed overview of the site’s features.

DCHHS reports the first human case of West Nile Virus this year

DALLAS (August 6, 2020) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in Dallas County for 2020. The patient is a resident of the 75205 zip code in Highland Park and has been diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

This season, mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the cities of Addison, Balch Springs, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Lancaster, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park. Ground spraying this week is scheduled in Balch Springs, Cockrell Hill, Coppell, Desoto, Duncanville, Glenn Heights and Lancaster.

“The confirmation of the first human case of the West Nile virus here in Dallas County this year is a reminder to the community of the need to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and to reduce mosquito populations,” said Dr. Philip Huang, Director of DCHHS. “The best way to avoid exposure to mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites by practicing the Four Ds.”

The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk:

  • DEET: All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
  • Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace where mosquitoes could lay eggs.
  • All Day long: Day, Dusk and Dawn – Limit your time outdoors mosquitos are active anytime day or night.

WNV is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes can become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals. Severe WNV infections can cause neurologic complications such as encephalitis. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV. For more information, visit our website: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/westnile.php

Governor Abbott Extends Early Voting Period For November 3rd Election

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation extending the early voting period for the November 3rd Election by nearly a week. Under this proclamation, early voting by personal appearance will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and continue through Friday, October 30, 2020. The proclamation also expands the period in which marked mail-in ballots may be delivered in person to the early voting clerk’s office, allowing such delivery prior to as well as on Election Day.

“As we respond to COVID-19, the State of Texas is focused on strategies that preserve Texans’ ability to vote in a way that also mitigates the spread of the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “By extending the early voting period and expanding the period in which mail-in ballots can be hand-delivered, Texans will have greater flexibility to cast their ballots, while at the same time protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.”


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

DCHHS announces re-opening of Emergency Housing Assistance Program for Dallas County Residents

DALLAS (July 24, 2020) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) announces the re-opening of the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) for residents of Dallas County. This program provides short-term, rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to Dallas County residents living outside the City of Dallas facing economic hardship in the wake of COVID-19. Assistance for EHAP is eligibility based and will be processed through a lottery system.

DCHHS will begin accepting pre-screening applications online at https://www.dallascounty.org/ehap starting Friday, July 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (CT) and close the pre-screening application process on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. (CT). The pre-screening application form is available both, in English and Spanish. If you are an individual who does not have access to the internet or is unable to access the pre-screening application online, please call 214-819-1968. Pre-screening applications accepted by phone will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT). Please note that the submission of a pre-screening application does not guarantee eligibility or an offer of assistance. Only completed applications meeting eligibility requirements, and supported by required documentation, will be considered for assistance based on the availability of funds. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

“Given that we are encouraging families to stay home as much as possible right now, keeping people in their homes is especially critical,” said DCHHS Director, Dr. Philip Huang. “As we continue to fight this virus, EHAP will help thousands of Dallas County families in need.”

For more information, please visit:

https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/ehap-cares.php or https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/emergency-assistance.php


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

DCHHS confirms mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus

Ground Spraying Scheduled in Balch Springs, DeSoto, and Duncanville

DALLAS (July 16, 2020) – Dallas County Health and Human Services’ (DCHHS) laboratory confirmed mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito traps were collected from the zip codes of Balch Springs (75180), DeSoto (75115), and Duncanville (75116).

In conjunction with the Dallas County municipalities, mosquito abatement teams are responding by treating impacted areas. DCHHS has scheduled ground spraying in the below area(s), weather permitting:

Residents should remain inside during the time sprayers are in the area. Spraying will not be conducted in the event of wind speeds more than 10 mph or inclement weather. A detailed map of the spray area can be viewed at http://www.dallas.leateamapps.com/PublicMap/

“We continue to see West Nile virus activity in our area. As the summer heats up and more people are getting outside, remember the four Ds: Dress, Drain, Dusk/Dawn, and DEET”, said Dr. Philip Huang, Director of DCHHS.

Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

  • DEET All day, Every day: Whenever outside, use insect repellents that have the active ingredient DEET or other EPA-registered repellents and always follow label instructions.
  • Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
  • Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace where mosquitoes could lay eggs.
  • All Day long: Day, Dusk and Dawn -Limit your time outdoors mosquitos are active anytime day or night.

DCHHS encourages residents in affected areas to be a part of the solution by eliminating insect breeding areas and larvae before they develop into adult, flying mosquitoes. Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides that are available for retail purchase.

Larvicides are products used to kill immature mosquitoes before they become adults. Larvicides are applied directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs, larvae or pupae. When used consistently, larvicides can help reduce the overall mosquito burden by limiting the number of mosquitoes that are produced, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information visit our website
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/westnile.php

Duncanville – 75116
Friday, July 17th, 9:00 pm – 5:00 am
Saturday, July 18th, 9:00 pm – 5:00 am

Governor Abbott Issues Proclamation Expanding Hospital Capacity In 11 Trauma Service Areas

July 9, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in hospitals in all counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) in Texas. Previously, Governor Abbott suspended elective surgeries at hospitals in the counties of Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, Nueces, Travis, and Webb.

“The State of Texas continues to implement strategies to help ensure ample supply of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients,” said Governor Abbott. “By expanding this directive to include the counties within these 11 TSAs, we are freeing up more resources to address upticks in COVID-19 related cases. The State of Texas will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of this virus and support our hospitals and health care professionals as they care for their fellow Texans. We must all come together and continue to practice social distancing, wear a face-covering in public, and stay home when possible.”

Under his Proclamation, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician. Through proclamation, the Governor can add or subtract from the list of counties included in his original Executive Order and subsequent Proclamations to address surges in hospitalizations that may arise in other parts of the state.

The following counties are included in the Governor’s Proclamation:

All counties within TSA J—Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler counties;

All counties within TSA K—Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, and Tom Green counties;

All counties within TSA M—Bosque, Falls, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan counties;

All counties within TSA O that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, and Williamson counties;

All counties within TSA P that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala counties;

All counties within TSA Q that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties;

All counties within TSA R—Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, and Orange counties;

All counties within TSA S—Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria counties;

All counties within TSA T that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Jim Hogg and Zapata counties;

All counties within TSA U that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Refugio, and San Patricio counties; and

All counties within TSA V that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Starr and Willacy counties.

Texas is divided into twenty-two regions called trauma service areas (TSAs), provided for the formation of a regional advisory council (RAC) in each region to develop and implement a regional trauma system plan, delineated the trauma facility designation process, and provided for the development of a state trauma registry. For more information about TSAs, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.


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