Dear North Texas,

Attached is a thoughtful document to guide us as we navigate in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document was prepared by the Public Health Committee made up of public health, epidemiology, and infectious disease leaders who have prepared their entire adult lives to advise us in this moment. Their goal is to keep us safe through continued containment of COVID19.

Remember, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. Discouraged actions should not be considered as personal infringements but rather as acts of solidarity with local health professionals, our neighbors, and those with whom we care for most. By adhering to these suggestions, we will compound the progress we’ve made and arrive more quickly – and safely – to gathering with the community we’ve come to know and love.

Best,

Clay Lewis Jenkins
Dallas County Judge


Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public

  1. Assume personal responsibility – Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation.
    Residents should take responsibility, stay informed, take actions based on common sense, and follow the guidance offered by health care experts.
  2. Do an honest self-assessment – In addition, all individuals are encouraged to perform an honest selfassessment
    before engaging in activities outside of the home. This assessment should include asking two questions:
    1. Am I healthy enough to leave the home, or do I fall into a high-risk category, based on age or other medical conditions?
    2. Is there someone in my home, or someone I interact with on a regular basis, who falls into a highrisk category?
    3. If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then exercise extra caution and discretion before leaving the home. Is it a want or is it a need?
  3. Perform protective hygiene, Distance yourself physically and clean the environment – Dallas County residents should practice good hygiene and cleaning practices to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. These include but are not limited to the following:
    1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand
    2. sanitizer after interactions with people or objects
    3. Stay home if ill
    4. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or do it into the sleeve or elbow, not hands
    5. Clean high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.) regularly
    6. Avoid touching your face
    7. Refrain from hand shaking
    8. Physically distance and keep 6 feet between people
    9. Wear a facial covering when out in public or when in the company of others.
  4. Assess the Risk – Individuals should assess their risk and make decisions based on their specific circumstances. Those at high risk for COVID-19 (elderly, diabetic, etc.) and those around them should use extra precautions as outlined by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).

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