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).
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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.