COVID-19: FAQs FOR ANIMAL OWNER

The following FAQ was provided by the Texas Animal Health Commission.

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some strains affect animals, while others affect people. The majority of coronaviruses stick to their own species. COVID-19 has not been proven to circulate between people and animals.

Can animals become ill with or spread COVID-19?

There is no evidence at this time that animals can become ill with COVID-19 or that they can spread it to other animals or people. To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States.

Please see the CDC Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for additional information.

Can pets serve as fomites in the spread of COVID-19?

At this time, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets. COVID-19 appears to be primarily transmitted by contact with an infected person’s bodily secretions, such as saliva or mucus droplets in a cough or sneeze.

COVID-19 might be able to be transmitted by touching a contaminated surface or object (i.e., a fomite) and then touching the mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, but this appears to be a secondary route. Smooth (nonporous) surfaces (e.g., countertops, door knobs) transmit viruses better than porous materials (e.g., paper money, pet fur), because porous, and especially fibrous, materials absorb and trap the pathogen (virus), making it harder to contract through simple touch.

Because your pet’s hair is porous and also fibrous, it is very unlikely that you would contract COVID-19 by petting or playing with your pet. However, because animals can spread other diseases to people and people can also spread diseases to animals, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands before and after interacting with animals; ensure your pet is kept well- groomed; and regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys.

Can I bring my animal into the veterinarian for care?

If you are healthy and your pet needs to see a veterinarian, please call before bringing them in to the vet. Veterinary clinics are taking precautions and may have a special operating procedure that you will be asked to follow.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or another communicable disease, you should stay at home, minimizing contact with other people, until you are well. Accordingly, if it is a non-urgent appointment for your pet or service animal consider rescheduling the appointment until your physician and/or your public health official believes you no longer present a risk of transmitting your infection to other people you may encounter during such a visit, including owners of pets or other animals and veterinary clinic staff.

Can I have contact with my animal if I am ill with COVID-19?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the new coronavirus.

When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.

If you are the only caretaker for your animal or you have a service dog; do not kiss, hug or have “face-to-face” contact with them. When in contact with your animal’s items (toys, food dishes, etc.) always wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling.

What should I do to prepare for my animal’s care if I am hospitalized for COVID-19?

Identify another person in your household or community who is willing and able to care for your pet. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications.

Can my animals be vaccinated for COVID-19?

There is no evidence at this time that animals can become ill with COVID-19 or that they can spread it to other animals or people.

While there are livestock and companion animal coronavirus vaccines available, animal owners should be aware these vaccines provide protection against other specific coronaviruses and not the virus causing COVID-19.

Can the animal coronavirus vaccine protect me from getting COVID-19?

The livestock and companion animal coronavirus vaccines are not approved for use in people. These vaccines are intended for use in animals only and do not protect against COVID-19.

Should my animal be tested for COVID-19?

At this time, general animal testing for COVID-19 is not recommended by the CDC or Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) since there is currently no evidence that animals can become sick with COVID-19.

If your pet is showing signs of a respiratory infection, consult with your veterinarian so they can asses the animal for common respiratory illnesses.

Are there any livestock movement restrictions?

There are currently no movement restrictions on livestock in the U.S. related to COVID-19.

Are livestock markets open?

Livestock markets are open and continue to operate across the U.S. and Texas. Please contact your local market if you have questions. Please note, livestock markets are working with their state and local public health officials to implement appropriate measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Resources CDC: Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019

American Veterinary Medical Association: COVID-19

American Veterinary Medical Association: COVID-19

Texas Veterinary Medical Association: COVID-19 Resources


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

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

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain Warns about Fraud Related to the Coronavirus Crisis and Provides Tips to the Public

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain warned the public today about the growing number and variety of fraud schemes associated with the coronavirus. He offered guidance to help prevent the public from being victimized by these frauds.  

“Over the past few weeks, there has been a significant number of frauds committed across the country related to the coronavirus pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “The fact that criminals seek to exploit the pandemic by preying on the worries and fears of the public in this difficult time is despicable. My Office will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to protect the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. We will leave no stone unturned to find these criminals and bring them to justice.”

Below are some of the known fraudulent schemes related to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Fake cures: Fraudsters are advertising fake cures, fake vaccines, and so-called “immunity” pills, and including wild claims about the products’ healing powers with no scientific or medical basis.
  • Fake testing: Fraudsters are selling fake at-home testing kits or going door-to-door performing fraudulent tests in exchange for money.
  • Health care frauds: Fraudsters are offering free (and phony) coronavirus testing to obtain Medicare or other healthcare insurance information, which they use to submit false claims for benefits.
  • Fake protection and supplies: Fraudsters are advertising fake or un-tested protective equipment (including respirator masks) through websites, social media, and robocalls. The fraudsters have no real equipment to sell, or provide equipment that has not been proven to work for its advertised purpose.
  • Phishing: Fraudsters are posing as representatives from well-known institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in order to trick victims into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information.
  • Fake health care providers: Fraudsters pose as doctors or hospital employees and contact individuals via phone or email. They make false claims that they treated a relative or friend for coronavirus and demand money for the claimed treatment.
  • Identity theft: Fraudsters are using social media to fraudulently seek donations or provide stimulus funds if the victim provides a bank account number or other personal identifying information. The fraudsters use the information entered by the victim to impersonate the victim and steal money from the victim’s bank account.
  • Securities fraud: Fraudsters are promoting securities in publicly traded companies that they falsely claim have discovered the cure for coronavirus.
  • Fake charities: Fraudsters are soliciting donations for charities to allegedly benefit people affected by the virus and pocketing the money for themselves. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office urges everyone to follow these tips to better protect themselves from these types of fraud schemes:

  1. Ignore unsolicited offers for coronavirus cures, vaccines, pills, or treatment.  If there is a medical breakthrough, you will not hear about it first through an email, advertisement, or door-to-door sales pitch. Be aware that fraudsters often use addresses that differ only slightly from the entities that they are impersonating, such as “cdc.com” or “cdc.org” instead of “cdc.gov.”
  2. Do not share personal information with strangers. Be extremely cautious about unsolicited emails or ads that request your personal information for any purpose. Legitimate healthcare providers will not call or email you and demand medical information, personal identifying information, or money for treatment they have provided to a friend or relative. Report the contact to law enforcement. 
  3. Do not open emails or links from unknown sources. In doing so, you could download malware or a virus onto your computer or device. 
  4. Be extremely cautious when sending money in any form. If a business, charity, or individual is requesting payments or donations in cash, by wire transfer, gift card, or through the mail, be careful. Take extra steps to verify the identity of the receiving party and the security of the transaction.
  5. Have up-to-date software protections on your devices. Be sure the anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer or device is operating and up-to-date.

If you or someone you know has been the target or victim of a fraud scheme related to the coronavirus, please report the incident to the national hotline at The National Center for Disaster Fraud at 1-866-720-5721 or at disaster@leo.gov


justice.com/coronavirus


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

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/

Dallas County Reports 49 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

DALLAS — As of 10:00 am March 29, 2020, DCHHS is reporting 49 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 488.  The 10th death from COVID-19 is being reported, of a woman in her 80’s who had been a resident in a long-term care facility.  This individual had been hospitalized and 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. 

“Our seniors must be protected. We are working with senior facilities to ensure that happens. I have instructed all nursing homes with a positive case to inform all families and responsible parties immediately by phone and email. Additionally, all mentally competent residents are to be informed immediately after they wake. This includes all buildings on a campus with a positive case. They are required to show complete compliance of these notifications within six daylight hours of a positive test,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

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

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:

  • 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:



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

Dallas County Reports 72 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

DALLAS — As of 10:00 am March 28, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 72 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 439.  The 8th and 9th deaths from COVID-19 are being reported, of a man in his 50’s who was a resident of the city of DeSoto, and a man in his 70’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas.  These individuals had been critically ill in area hospitals. 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. 

“One of today’s deaths is a man in his 50s with no known underlying conditions. This serves as a sober reminder that COVID-19 is a dangerous disease for everyone and is why it’s so important that we all need to stay home to stay safe. I am so proud of the work of our first responders, health heroes, and our executive teams, but I’m also proud of the spirit of community that we are seeing through North Texas. Together, we’ll #flattenthecurve,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

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

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:



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/