Dallas County Amends Order to Require Shelter in Place Effective 11:59 pm on March 23

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an amended order that requires all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth in the order.

  • All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. Residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
  • To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.
  • All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses.
  • All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home).
  • To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines attached, including maintaining six foot social distancing for both employees and the general public.
  • All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.

View Dallas County’s Amended Order Effective at 11:59 pm on March 23, 2020.

Dallas County Reports 36 Additional COVID-19 Cases, Total Cases to Date is 131

As of 10:00 am March 22, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 36 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 131. A second death from COVID-19 has been reported, of a man in his 80’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. Over 40% of patients whom have required hospitalization are over 60 years of age. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“It is our policy in Dallas County not to release the names of person who have died from COVID-19.  We leave that to the decisions of their families and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with this family and with all of the persons who have been suffering from COVID-19,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Dallas  County will do everything in their power to #flattenthecurve and give you and your family their best chance to stay safe.”

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

Dallas County Amends Declaration Order, Further Restricts Activity Due to COVID-19

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, Dallas County now prohibits Community Gatherings to 50 people or more (Recreational Gatherings still restricted to 10 people or more) and requires several closures, including:

  • Bowling alleys, theaters, gyms, fitness centers, gymnastics studios, and martial arts studios
  • Massage parlors, nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, beauty salons, hair removal services, spas, tattoo and piercing parlors, and all other non-medical, personal care services that cannot be provided while maintaining six feet of distance

The order further prohibits all elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed “elective” by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.

The order places a limit on the sale of toilet paper. All sales of toilet paper occurring in Dallas County are limited to the greater of:

  • (a) twelve (12) rolls per purchase, or
  • one (1) package per purchase.

The order requires individuals using shared outdoor spaces, such as public parks or trails, to maintain at least six feet of space from any other person at all times.

View the March 21, 2020 Dallas County Declaration and Order.

Dallas County Reports 21 Additional COVID-19 Cases

As of 10:00 am March 21, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 21 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 95. Of the cases reported to date, over 40% now have no history of recent travel outside of Texas or no known close contact with a confirmed case, indicating community transmission locally. New cases will reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Community spread is accelerating rapidly but not as fast as it would without the way this community is stepping up,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “The responsible actions of the people of Dallas County are helping to slow the spread of the virus. That’s critical for the healthcare supply chain and vaccination work to catch up and for our healthcare system to not be overwhelmed with patients. #StayCalmStayHome #FlattenTheCurve.”

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

Dallas Opens COVID-19 Public Testing Sites

Dallas County and the City of Dallas plan to have two public COVID-19 testing sites. The first site opened this morning at American Airlines Center. The second site will be at the Ellis Davis Field House (located at I-20 and Polk) and opens tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd. Both sites will be open from 8am to 8pm, 7-days a week. The sites are open to anyone that meets specific criteria.

Dallas County Amended Order: March 20, 2020

March 20 Amended Order: Summary of Changes

  1. Reflect an effective period from 10 a.m. this morning until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, consistent with the continuance of declaration of disaster approved by Commissioners Court.
  2. Provides note that Commissioners Court has affirmed activation of the Dallas County emergency management plan and continued Judge Jenkins’ original declaration of disaster.
  3. Clarifies that gyms include fitness studios, gymnastic studios, and martial arts studios. All such facilities must close.
  4. Orders all massage parlors to close, consistent with the Governor’s order.

View the March 20, 2020 Dallas County amended order.

Dallas County Reports 19 Additional COVID-19 Cases

As of 10:00 am March 20, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 19 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 74. New cases will reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.  Of the cases reported to date, multiple clusters of transmission have been noted among attendees of recreational group gatherings and employees in office settings. 

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Please stay safe by staying home and limiting unnecessary trips. Walks are ok but keep 6 feet distancing. It’s up to all of us to #flattenthecurve and #staycalmandstaysafe,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

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

City Council Extends Local Disaster Declaration and Order to April 8, 2020

At the Special Session City Council meeting on March 19, 2020, the City Council reviewed the local disaster declaration and public health order and voted unanimously to approve a resolution extending the order until April 8, 2020. The order mirrors Dallas County’s March 18 order and expands the social distancing protocols to prohibit recreational gatherings of 10 or more people. Overall, people are discouraged from attending any non-essential event/gathering to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and should generally stay at least six feet away from other people during the declaration period.

View the City of Duncanville March 19, 2020 Declaration and Order.