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.

Free Lunch for Seniors 60+

This program is available during the COVID-19 health emergency declaration period while the Senior Center is closed.

Residents age 60+ can sign up for free hot lunches, Monday through Friday, by calling 972-707-3843. Meals are picked up at the Senior Center drive thru between 11:30 am and Noon (12:00 pm), but you must call two business days in advance to add your name to the list. Meal deliveries will be considered for special circumstances. Please help spread the word to seniors who might benefit from this service.

D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
206 James Collins Blvd.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
972-707-3843

For more information and updates on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.duncanville.com/covid-19.

Dallas County Reports 20 Additional COVID-19 Cases

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 20 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation.  Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The 20 cases include:

  • We are reporting 20 new cases today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 55
  • This includes one death which was identified by the Medical Examiner’s office, of an man in his 60’s who was a resident of the city of Richardson.  This individual was found deceased in his residence and did not have high-risk chronic health conditions. 
  • The remaining new cases include: six men and two women in their 30’s, two men and two women in their 50’s, two men and three women in their 60’s, one woman in her 70’s and one woman in her 90’s
  • Three persons were hospitalized, including one in a critical care unit; 16 are self-isolating at residences.
  • Twelve cases are residents of the city of Dallas, 3 are residents of Garland, 2 are residents of Mesquite, 1 is a resident of Cedar Hill, and 1 is a resident of Farmers Branch.
  • Five cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel and 2 are related to international travel
  • Three patients are close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Six have no source or travel risk factor yet identified, and are therefore indicative of community transmission. Four other cases are still under investigation.

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

“Things will get worse before they get better. How bad this gets is directly tied to how well each of you follow the CDC guidelines and exercise smart personal responsibility,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Please also remember to check in on your family, friends and neighbors, especially those who are elderly.”

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

Dallas County Amends Public Health Emergency Order to Further Prohibit Social Gatherings

Dallas County’s March 18, 2020 amended declaration of local disaster order 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.

The amended order addresses two types of gatherings: ‘Community Gathering’ and ‘Recreational Gathering’.

The order prohibits ‘Community Gatherings’ that are likely to bring together 50 or more people, indoor or outdoor, in a confined space where people are within six-feet of one another for extended periods of time. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • weddings
  • religious services
  • funerals
  • other gatherings

The new order restricts ‘Recreational Gatherings’ to under 10 people, which includes but is not limited to:

  • parties
  • backyard barbecues
  • social events
  • sporting events
  • other gatherings

The order also closes Dallas County Tax Offices and passport offices for in-person services, as well as suspends any restrictions for delivery hours to stores requiring food products, medicine or medical supplies.

Please read the full order to view all issues impacted by the amendment.

Dallas County Reports 11 Additional COVID-19 Cases

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 11 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation.  Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The 11 cases include:

  • One individual in their teens, one female in her 20’s, one male and one female in their 30’s, one male in his 40’s, three males and two females in their 50’s, and one male in his 70’s.
  • Three patients were hospitalized, including one in a critical care unit; eight are self-isolating at residences.
  • Seven are residents of the city of Dallas, one is a resident of Coppell, one is a resident of Irving, one is a resident of Mesquite, and one is a resident of Richardson.
  • One case is related to domestic out-of-state travel and two are related to international travel.
  • Three patients are close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Five have no source or travel risk factor yet identified, and are therefore indicative of community transmission.
  • Cases without source or travel risk factor yet identified (therefore deemed likely from local community transmission) have been reported from residents of the city of Dallas and Mesquite. {Please note that these individuals may well have acquired the infection in a different city, (e.g. at their workplace, or where they socialized), rather than in the city where they live.}

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

“We will get through this North Texas by following the science and exercising personal responsibility. You should limit unnecessary trips beyond work and necessities like food and medical care. Every interaction in this outbreak carries some risk of spread. This doesn’t mean you can’t go for walks or runs outside; however, you should maintain six feet social distancing,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Dallas County has now reported 39 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website. The case count at the following link will only include county residents: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Mayor Gordon Issues Amended Order to Restrict Gatherings and Restaurant Services

Mayor Barry Gordon issued an amended order that aligns with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ order issued yesterday.

The order mandates the following:

  • Prohibits mass gatherings of more than 50 people
  • Prohibits restaurants from in-house dining, allowing only drive through, pickup and delivery services
  • Requires bars, lounges, taverns and private clubs to close

The order is effective immediately and applies to all of Dallas County, which includes the city of Duncanville.

Dallas County Reports Nine Additional COVID-19 Cases

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported nine additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation. Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The nine cases include:

  • Two women in their 20’s, one man in his 30’s, one man and one woman in their 40’s, two women in their 50’s, one man in his 60’s, one woman in her 70’s,
  • Five patients are hospitalized, including 3 in critical care units; 4 are self-isolating at residences
  • Eight cases are residents of the city of Dallas and one is a resident of the city of Irving
  • One case is related to international travel
  • Three patients are close contacts of a confirmed COVID case
  • Five have no source or travel risk factor yet identified, and are therefore likely from local community spread

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

“As we have warned you, the testing data is well behind the situation on the ground. Today, we have five new cases of likely community spread. It is imperative that you exercise sound decision making in your personal responsibility decisions,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “We must replace selfishness with sacrifice if we are to protect our seniors and most vulnerable amongst us. Don’t give into fear, rather have faith in the science, the science that will be your roadmap to keeping you and your family safe. Replace panic with prayer and personal responsibility. We can do this North Texas, but it takes all of us. The life you save may be your Nana’s.”

Dallas County has now reported 28 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website. The case count at the following link will only include county residents: 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:

  • CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
  • DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
  • DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Dallas County Judge Issues Amended Order Affecting Gatherings, Restaurants

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an amended order on March 16, 2020 expanding the previous order to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus and safeguard public health and safety. The order went into effect at 11:59 pm on March 16 and impacts the City of Duncanville.

The order essentially prohibits:

  • Mass gatherings of more than 50 people
  • Prohibits restaurants from in-house dining, allowing only drive through, pickup and delivery
  • Requires bars, lounges, taverns and private clubs to close

The amended order is effective through 11:00 am March 20, 2020, but may be extended based on the evolving health emergency.

Dallas County Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation.  Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The five cases include:

  • One man in his 40’s, one man in his 50’s, one woman in her 50’s, one man in his 60’s, one man in his 70’s
  • All are self-isolating at residences and are not hospitalized
  • Three cases are residents of the city of Dallas, one is a resident of the city of Farmers Branch, and one resides out-of-state
  • 4 cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel
  • 1 case is likely from local community spread 

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

“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread among the five cases we are reporting today. I am in consultation with the mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners. We will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Dallas County has now reported 19 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website.

2-1-1 Texas Activated for COVID-19; Assistance with Food, Health, Housing & More

Texas Health and Human Services has activated a 211 COVID-19 option within the 211 platform. 211 specialists across the state are available 24/7 to answer the most frequently asked, non medical, questions based on material provided by DSHS and CDC. Questions 211 specialists can’t answer will be referred to DSHS and local Public Health Department COVID-19 info lines. 

More information is available at www.211texas.org

SEARCHING TIPS:  When searching for specific COVID-19 information, type COVID-19 in the Find Help box and a list of resources will appear under Programs.  For all other services you will search by specific need or use the guided search