Preparations Begin for 2021 City Officers Elections

Election Day is May 1, 2021

The 2021 City Officers election will be held Saturday, May 1st.  Duncanville voters will go to the polls to elect the Councilmember At Large, and Councilmembers to represent Districts 1, 3, and 5 for the upcoming two-year term.

The first official day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, January 13th. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12th.  Candidate filing packets are now available in the City Secretary’s office.

City qualifications for candidacy include:

  • Qualified voter;
  • Resident of the State of Texas for one year;
  • Resident of the City and district for six months; and
  • Hold no other public office.

All registered voters in the City of Duncanville may vote for the Councilmember At Large.  Residents of Districts 1, 3, and 5 may vote for their respective candidates. Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 1, 2021 to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 1st election.  Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-8683. Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary Kristin Downs at (972) 780-5017.  Election details will also be available at www.duncanville.com.

COVID-19 RELIEF: HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The following is information about rental, mortgage, and utility assistance programs available to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Housing
Assistance Program (EHAP)

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The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) provides short-term rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to low income Dallas County residents living outside of the City of Dallas economically affected (loss-reduction of income) by the spread of COVID-19.

EHAP will continue for 90 days into the new year. To learn more about the program:

Eligibility for EHAP:

  • Must reside outside the city of Dallas but within Dallas County;
  • Currently not receiving housing assistance through another entity;
  • Household income is less than 80% of AMI; and
  • Must have suffered an economic impact due to COVID-19.

DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
214-819-1968
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CT)


Texas Department of Housing and Community Affair’s Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps eligible Texas tenants, who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction, stay in their homes and provides landlords with an alternative to eviction. If both the tenant and landlord agree to participate in the TEDP and meet the requirements in the chart below, the TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

  • Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
  • The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump-sum payments are provided to landlords for rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP)

Starting in 2021, Dallas County will be participating in the TERAP. Households may contact our HHS team (214.819.1968, EHAP_DCHHS@dallascounty.org) for more information about how they can apply through Dallas County for assistance.


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

Dallas County Health and Human Services Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Website and Announces Mass Vaccination Site

This post has been updated on January 15, 2021 to include the FAQ for the Fair Park COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site and DCHHS Vaccine Registration Hotline (see below).

Today, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) opened up a COVID-19 vaccination registration and pre-screening site for Dallas County residents in phase 1A or 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). While vaccine supply is extremely limited, DCHHS anticipates receiving additional supply in the coming weeks and months. The registration website is for vaccination eligibility only at DCHHS, and not for all providers within Dallas County.

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2020 Councilmember District 2 Runoff Election Dates and Voting Locations

November 3, 2020 General Election Results

Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Vote Centers were utilized on Election Day. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).

Official Election Results

COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 2 Early Votes Election Day Votes Vote Totals
Don McBurnett 885 85 970
Hector Sifuentes 802 159 962*
Misty Bain 894 119 1,014*
       

*Provisional vote

Runoff Election Announced

A runoff election between candidates Don McBurnett (incumbent) and Misty Bains has been scheduled with early voting set to begin Monday, November 23rd and continue to December 4th. Election day will be Tuesday, December 8th.

Early Voting Dates Hours
November 23rd – November 25th
(Monday through Wednesday)
8 AM to 5 PM
November 28th
(Saturday)
8 AM to 5 PM
November 29th
(Sunday)
1 PM to 6 PM
November 30th – December 2nd
(Monday through Wednesday)
8 AM to 5 PM
December 3rd – December 4th
(Thursday and Friday)
7 AM to 7 PM
Election DayHours
Tuesday, December 8th 7 AM – 7 PM

Polling Places

(click the link for address and directions)

ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ARISE CHURCH

BRANDENBURG INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

BYRD MIDDLE SCHOOL

CENTRAL ELEM SCHOOL

DANIEL SR INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

DUNCANVILLE’S FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

DUNCANVILLE HS PERFORMANCE HALL

DUNCANVILLE LIBRARY

FAIRMEADOWS ELEM SCHOOLREED MIDDLE SCHOOL

City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing in September

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s waste water system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke that you may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber. In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. Should smoke enter your home or business, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew, who can check the sewer lines around your home or business to help determine the source of the smoke.

To prevent smoke from entering your home or business, make sure that all drain traps (also called “U Joints” or “P Traps”) in your home are filled with water by pouring water in the drain. A filled drain trap will keep smoke out of your home or business. Make sure air conditioning units run within several hours of the testing to ensure that the condensation drain trap is filled with water.

Work crews from BURGESS & NIPLE will be conducting the sewer inspections over the next few days. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements on your property. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes. BURGESS & NIPLE personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

Photographs will be made of leaks occurring in the system. We anticipate the smoke testing will require a few hours in your area. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing is being used to improve the quality of your wastewater collection system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact:

The City of Duncanville 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027

Prueba de Humo del Sistema de Drenaje Sanitario de la Ciudad de Duncanville

La Ciudad de Duncanville ha contratado a BURGESS & NIPLE de Austin, Tejas para realizar una encuesta sobre pruebas de humo en porciones del sistema de drenaje de Duncanville. Este examen implica la abertura y la inspección de bocas y de las líneas de la alcantarilla, que están situadas principalmente en servidumbres, pero se pueden situarse en calles. Una tarea importante del examen será la prueba del humo de las líneas de la alcantarilla para localizar roturas y defectos en el sistema de alcantarilla. El humo que usted puede ver venir de las pilas de ventilación en casas o agujeros en la tierra es inofensivo, tiene poco olor y no crea ningún riesgo de incendios. El humo no debe entrar en su hogar a menos que usted tenga plomería defectuosa o sumideros secos. Si ocurre esto, usted debe consultar a un fontanero licenciado. En cualquier caso de que el humo inofensivo entrara a través de la plomería defectuosa, el potencial existe para que los gases peligrosos de la alcantarilla incorporen su hogar o negocio. Si el humo ingrese su hogar o negocio, por favor contacte a un trabajador de Burgess & Niple para que pueda revisar las líneas de la alcantarilla alrededor de su hogar o negocio y para ayudar a determinar la origen del humo. Para prevenir la entrada de humo a su hogar o negocio, asegurarse de que todos las trampas del drenaje en su hogar se llenan con agua vertiendo el agua en el drenaje. Al llenar las trampas del drenaje con agua se podre mantener el humo fuera de su hogar o negocio. Cerciórese que aires acondicionado funcione por varias horas durante la prueba para asegurarse de que la trampa del drenaje de la condensación está llena de agua.

Trabajadores de BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. conducirán inspecciones de la alcantarilla en los próximos días. Los trabajadores pueden necesitar acceder las bocas de la alcantarilla en servidumbres de utilidad en su propiedad. Cuando estas líneas requieren una investigación, tendrán que acceder a las servidumbres de alcantarillado. Personal uniformados de BURGESS & NIPLE llevan credenciales de identificación. Dueños de casa no necesitan estar presentes y por ningún motivo, los trabajadores no tienen que entrar a su hogar o negocio.

Se tomarán fotografías de los fugas en el sistema. Anticipamos que la prueba del humo durar unas pocas horas en su área. Se le agradece su cooperación. La información obtenida de esta prueba será utilizada para mejorar la calidad de su sistema de drenaje sanitario.

Para más información:

La Ciudad de Duncanville – 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027


COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

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Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation Establishes Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

Duncanville, Texas – The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has established a Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The DCEDC has agreed to fund $250,000 for the program to assist Duncanville businesses.  

The program is offering grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to aid small businesses with fewer than 20 employees enduring economic hardships due to COVID-19. The grants are provided on a reimbursement basis and can be used for normal operating expenses and payroll. Businesses must have been operating in Duncanville by November 14, 2019, in order to apply for assistance.

“Small businesses are the heart of our community, and the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer this program to help our small businesses recover from the negative effects caused by the pandemic,” said DCEDC President Steve Dial. “The DCEDC’s goal is to help provide small businesses with assistance in addition to the grants offered by the federal government and other organizations to help bridge the revenue gap created while many of them were forced to close.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to announce the establishment of a recovery initiative for our Duncanville small businesses,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation board of directors created a means to provide financial assistance to help weather the economic impact of COVID-19. What’s especially important about this program is that the monies available come directly from the city. This means the application process is managed locally. I commend the DCEDC board of directors for their creativity and concern for our small businesses.”

Applications will be accepted from May 12, 2020 – June 1, 2020.  Businesses can fill out an application online or print one off and submit it to the Economic Development Department at the Duncanville City Hall located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, Texas 75116. The DCEDC Board will review the applications and award grants based on the economic impact to the community.

For more information and to apply for the Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program, visit www.DuncanvilleEDC.com or call 972.780.5090.

2020 UNOFFICIAL GENERAL ELECTION – EARLY VOTING RESULTS

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Vote Centers were utilized on Election Day. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).

UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

EARLY VOTING ONLY

COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 2 EARLY VOTING
Don McBurnett 879
Hector Sifuentes 803
Misty Bain 891
Total  2,573

PDF of Unofficial Election – Early Voting Results

Dallas County Elections

2022 Daddy Daughter Dance: Cinderella Gala

One of the most recognized events in Duncanville is steadily approaching.  Join us on Saturday, February 19, 2022, for a magical Cinderella Gala Daddy Daughter Dance.  The City of Duncanville’s Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up to provide an event that will create memories that last a lifetime for young girls, dads, or special guests. This event provides an opportunity for Dads to treat their daughters to a magical evening filled with dancing, fun, and prizes.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is a fun event filled with entertainment and prizes. This special event provides the opportunity for guests to mingle and chat with other couples. A DJ will keep the music going and facilitate fun activities while a professional photographer will work with couples to take memorable pictures.

There are a limited number of tickets available.  Please visit the Recreation Center to purchase your tickets. Daughters of all ages are welcome. Formal dress is optional.

Event Information

Event:              Daddy Daughter Dance – Cinderella Gala

Price:               $50.00 per couple – $15.00 for additional tickets

Date:               Saturday, February 19, 2022

Time:               6 pm – 9 pm

Location:        Duncanville Recreation Center

201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116


Tickets on Sale NOW!

Tickets must be purchased in person at the Duncanville Recreation Center located at 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116.

For more information regarding the Duncanville’s Daddy Daughter Dance event, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-5070.

Fiction series book review – Joe Ledger

Title: Joe Ledger & Rogue Team International

Author: Jonathan Maberry

There are ten (ish) books in the Joe Ledger series.

  1. Patient Zero (2009)
    2. The Dragon Factory (2010)
    3. The King of Plagues (2011)
    4. Assassin’s Code (2012)
    5. Extinction Machine (2013)
    6. Code Zero (2014)
    7. Predator One (2015)
    8. Kill Switch (2016)
    8.5.  Dark of Night (2016)
    9. Dogs of War (2017)
    10. Deep Silence (2018)

Joe Ledger is G.I. Joe, John Wayne, James Bond, and also a world-class smartass. After a few years as an Army Ranger, he’s now working for Baltimore PD. Although it isn’t long before he gets recruited to join an elite team that is essentially in charge of locating and beating terrorists/supervillains.

Start with all the Joe Ledger books and then read the newer series of Rogue Team International. 

If you’ve ever read any of Jonathan Maberry’s other books (specifically the Rot & Ruin series) you might notice a couple of connections. There are also references to a couple other of Maberry’s series; occasionally characters from one series show up in another. It’s a lot of fun (if you’re a book geek.)

 

As always, catch us on social media or comment below. If you have a library question, call 972-780-5052 or email librarians@duncanville.com.  

Preparations Begin for 2022 City Officers Elections

Election Day is May 7, 2022

The 2022 City Officers election will be held Saturday, May 7th.  Duncanville voters will go to the polls to elect the Mayor, and Councilmembers to represent Districts 2 and 4 for the upcoming two-year term.

The first official day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, January 19th. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 18th.  Candidate filing packets are now available in the City Secretary’s office.

Due to COVID precautions please call ahead of time to schedule an appointment with the City Secretary’s office to pick up a packet or to file for a place on the ballot. You can email citysecretary@duncanville.com or kdowns@duncanville.com, or call 972-780-5069.

City qualifications for candidacy include:

  • Qualified voter;
  • Resident of the State of Texas for one year;
  • Resident of the City and district for six months; and
  • Hold no other public office.

All registered voters in the City of Duncanville may vote for Mayor.  Residents of Districts 2 and 4 may vote for their respective candidates. Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 7, 2022 to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 7th election.  Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-8683. Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary Kristin Downs at (972) 780-5017.  Election details will also be available at www.duncanville.com.

Duncanville City Hall and Municipal Service Center Closed, Reopening Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Duncanville, Texas (January 12, 2022) – The City of Duncanville announced Wednesday, January 12, 2022, that City Hall and the Municipal Service Center will be closing to the public, with limited staff on hand, until Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Due to a rising number of COVID-19 exposures, City management has made the decision to follow the current CDC guidelines in the interest of protecting the health of the residents who visit City Hall or the Municipal Service Center and City staff.

For those needing assistance during this time, the City of Duncanville recommends the following:

  • Call 9-1-1 in an emergency, and 972-223-6111 option four (4) for non-emergencies
  • For issues related to water and sewer service, please call 972-780-4900
  • Report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the City website
  • Pay utility bills and court citations online at www.duncanville.com/pay-bill-online or by utilizing the drop box in the parking lot of City Hall.
  • Access building, inspection, and health department permits, applications, and forms online and email the completed PDF form to permits@duncanville.com or call 972-780-5015.

Fiction book review: The Silent Patient

I was hooked by the story The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides. It was a brilliant book with great twists. The list of suspects I had was long, and I was completely wrong on what I thought would happen multiple times.

The book is about Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time to work with Alicia, who shot her husband five times in the face and never spoke again. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path and in search of the truth.

The best part of the book is when Alicia finally decides to talk, and Theo figures out the truth behind the murder of Alicia’s husband—what looked to be a domestic tragedy turned into something far grander.

 

As always, catch us on social media or comment below. If you have a library question, call 972-780-5052 or email librarians@duncanville.com.

Dallas County Reports a Three-Day Total of 11,880 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 5 Deaths, Including 2,119 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 25, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 11,880 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 9,761 confirmed cases and 2,119 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 436,653 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 89,266 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,726 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s press release includes the number of new cases from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

High Risk Transmission Level Red

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated from January 11 through July 17. A vaccination clinic is open at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9 am-6 pm. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will take place at Fair Park on Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm, starting November 21st, 2021.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Irving. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 1,005 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 161 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 774 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 14 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  20 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 2 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). Two hundred and thirteen cases have been hospitalized and 37 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and forty-six people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/21/2022, a total of 23,412 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 2 (week ending 1/15/22), which is a weekly rate of 888.3 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 1/8/2022, about 78% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 97% of residents age 65 years and older; 84% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 75% of residents 25-39 years of age; 64% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 59% of residents 12-17 years of age.  In the cities of Addison, Coppell, Highland Park, Irving, and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  In the cities of Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, Lancaster, and University Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (See below).

About 54.1 % of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 1 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 26,547 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 2,093 (7.9%) were hospitalized and 254 have died due to COVID-19. In Dallas County, 25,370 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 1,881 (7.4%) were hospitalized and 239 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/15/2022 (CDC week 2), 41.8% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 2, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (5.44%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (17.95%) and RSV (2.24%).

There are currently 86 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,568 residents and 3,646 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,229 have been hospitalized and 857 have died. About 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities. There have been 11 outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 802 residents and 268 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php.

Local health experts use hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ER visits as three of the key indicators as part of determining the COVID-19 Risk Level (color-coded risk) and corresponding guidelines for activities during our COVID-19 response. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.

“We believe that we are beginning to see the peak of Omicron cases. However, this means there are more active cases in our community than ever before. And it will take five to eight weeks for us to return to the sort of numbers we were seeing before the last two surges. Of course, this is dependent on a new variant not becoming widespread during that time. To help speed the decrease in Omicron cases and get to a zone where we can be safer as a community faster, it’s important that you continue to wear your mask in indoor settings outside your home. And those who have not yet been vaccinated or boosted, get that done as soon as possible. This is team human versus the virus. And in order to win the fight we need to put resentments and disagreements aside and all do our part. I continue to be amazed by the resilience and courage of the people of north Texas. And I’m confident that together we will defeat COVID,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.


All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php
Specific Guidance for the Public:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands often and 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-based 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 daily 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. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

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 a Total of 1,941 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 14 Deaths, Including 572 Probable Cases

As of 12:00 pm January 24, 2022, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 1,941 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 1,369 confirmed cases, and 572 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 426,892 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 87,147 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 5,721 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s press release includes the new case totals accumulated from Friday. Tomorrow’s press release will include the numbers of new cases from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

High Risk Transmission Level Red

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) provided more than 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which operated from January 11 through July 17. A vaccination clinic is open at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus Location on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9 am-6 pm. A weekly pop-up vaccination clinic will take place at Fair Park on Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm, starting November 21st, 2021.

The additional deaths being reported today include the following:

  • A man in his 30s who was a resident of the City of Mesquite. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Seagoville. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 50s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 50s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Balch Springs. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 60s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 70s who was a resident of the City of Desoto. She had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 70s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. She expired in hospice and had underlying high-risk health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas. He had been hospitalized and had underlying high-risk health conditions.

To date, a total of 1,005 cases with SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and investigated in residents of Dallas County, including 161 cases of B.1.1.7 (Alpha); 4 cases of B.1.351 (Beta); 774 cases of B.1.617.2 (Delta); 14 cases of B.1.427 (Epsilon);  20 cases of P.1 (Gamma);  9 cases of B.1.526 (Iota); 4 cases of C.37 (Lambda); 2 cases of B.1.621 (Mu); 16 cases of B.1.1.529 (Omicron); and 1 case of P.2 (Zeta). Two hundred and thirteen cases have been hospitalized and 37 have died. Seventeen COVID-19 variant cases were reinfections. Two hundred and forty-six people were considered fully vaccinated before infection with a COVID-19 variant. As of 1/21/2022, a total of 23,412 confirmed and probable cases were reported in CDC week 2 (week ending 1/15/22), which is a weekly rate of 888.3 new cases per 100,000 residents.

As of the week ending 1/8/2022, about 78% of Dallas County residents age 12 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 97% of residents age 65 years and older; 84% of residents between 40-64 years of age; 75% of residents 25-39 years of age; 64% of residents 18-24 years of age; and 59% of residents 12-17 years of age.  In the cities of Addison, Coppell, Highland Park, Irving, and Sunnyvale, greater than 90% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  In the cities of Desoto, Farmers Branch, Garland, Lancaster, and University Park, greater than 80% of residents 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (See below).

About 54.1 % of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Week 1 were Dallas County residents who were not fully vaccinated. In Dallas County, 26,547 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 2,093 (7.9%) were hospitalized and 254 have died due to COVID-19.

In Dallas County, 25,370 cases of COVID-19 breakthrough COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated individuals have been confirmed to date, of which 1,881 (7.4%) were hospitalized and 239 have died due to COVID-19.

Of all Dallas County residents tested for COVID-19 by PCR during the week ending 1/15/2022 (CDC week 2), 41.8% of respiratory specimens tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. For week 2, area hospital labs have continued to report elevated numbers and proportions of respiratory specimens that are positive for other respiratory viruses by molecular tests: parainfluenza (5.44%), rhinovirus/enterovirus (17.95%), and RSV (2.24%).

There are currently 86 active long-term care facility outbreaks. A cumulative total of 5,568 residents and 3,646 healthcare workers in long-term facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Of these, 1,229 have been hospitalized and 857 have died. About 15% of all deaths reported to date have been associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 11 outbreaks of COVID-19 in a congregate-living facility (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, and halfway homes) reported within the past 30 days. A cumulative total of 802 residents and 268 staff members in congregate-living facilities in Dallas have been diagnosed with COVID-19. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with more detailed data dashboards and summary reports updated on Friday evenings, available at: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php.

Local health experts use hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ER visits as three of the key indicators as part of determining the COVID-19 Risk Level (color-coded risk) and corresponding guidelines for activities during our COVID-19 response. The most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data for Dallas County, as reported to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, can be found at www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 under “Monitoring Data,” and is updated regularly. This data includes information on the total available ICU beds, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 ER visits in the last 24 hours, confirmed COVID-19 inpatients, and COVID-19 deaths by actual date of death. The most recent forecasting from UTSW can be found here.

“While the number of new infections may continue to slowly decline the coming days, there is still substantial community spread of COVID-19 in our community and we were at record highs and have a long way to go. To protect yourself, your family, and others in our community, please continue to wear a mask when in indoor settings outside your home. And please make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination. If it’s been 5 months since your second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 months since your J&J vaccination, you are due for an additional dose. If you have symptoms, even if they are mild, please seek testing. Stay home if sick and follow all quarantine and isolation guidance. There is ample testing availability, with same day appointments and drive-up locations available throughout Dallas County. For testing information, please visit https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/testing-locations.php. And to order your free COVID-19 tests, visit: https://special.usps.com/testkits” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.


All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php
Specific Guidance for the Public:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Wash your hands often and 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-based 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 daily 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. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

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

Duncanville City Manager Names New Chief of Police

2021 - LiVigni, MarkDuncanville, TX (January 10, 2022) – The City of Duncanville today announced the permanent appointment of Mark LiVigni as Chief of Police. Mr. LiVigni has been a member of the Duncanville Police Department since 1993, most recently serving as Interim Police Chief since March of 2021.

After vetting twenty-six candidates down to three finalists who went through a battery of interviews, including a community meet and greet, City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides selected Mark LiVigni as the new Chief of Police.

“Both Chief LiVigni’s professionalism and commitment to our City made him an ideal choice for permanent appointment as our Chief of Police,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “I am genuinely excited to see his vision for our police department become a reality and have a positive impact on the lives of Duncanville’s residents.”

“I have had the honor of working alongside Mark for many years now,” Assistant City Manager and former Police Chief Robert D. Brown, Jr. added. “I am confident that our new Chief of Police will innovate and elevate the Duncanville Police Department.”

Chief LiVigni, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has more than twenty-eight years of policing experience, all serving the citizens of Duncanville. He has served in every sworn rank of the department and is only the second individual in the department’s history to have done so with this appointment. He is also a graduate of several high-level professional training courses, including the F.B.I. National Academy, the Senior Management in Policing training of the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration’s Executive Leadership training. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.

Chief LiVigni said, “I could not be more excited, honored, yet humbled to serve this diverse City of Champions as its Chief of Police. The men and women of the Duncanville Police Department are committed to providing the best police service possible to the citizens of this great city. Collectively, we will work to make a good department even better. I appreciate our city management team’s confidence and that of our mayor and city council members.”

“I and the Duncanville City Council, as representatives of the residents of our fine City, are pleased that Duncanville will have a continuity of the type of quality service our great Police Department has always provided,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Mark LiVigni’s commitment to our fine men and women in uniform and our community make his selection one I and City Council can stand behind with great confidence.”

A formal Swearing-In ceremony is planned for Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Police Chief LiVigni recently promoted Matthew Stogner to serve as Assistant Chief of Police. Mr. Stogner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification. He is a graduate of the Senior Management in Policing Program from the Police Executive Research Forum in Boston, Massachusetts. Matthew Stogner has most recently served as S.W.A.T. Commander and has been an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant during his 22-year career.

Joint Primary Election Announced for Dallas County/Elecciones Primarias Conjuntas Anunciadas para el Condado Dallas

Dallas, Texas – Dallas County Commissioners Court approved a contract between Dallas County Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello, Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble, and Dallas County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu to hold Dallas County’s first Joint Primary Election.

The discussion of a joint primary election began two months prior with an agreement being reached by the Democratic and Republican Party Chairs on January 7, 2022, and approved by the Dallas County Commissioners Court on January 11th. The contract is for the March 1st Primary Election and will allow voters from both parties to vote at any vote center in Dallas County. In previous primary elections, voters were limited to voting at party-specific vote centers or standing in Republican Party or Democratic Party lines at a shared vote center location.

View the complete Dallas County Commissioners Court Order HERE.

“In order to provide the best experience for voters for the upcoming primary election, the Democratic and Republican parties and Dallas County have partnered together in preparation for the first-ever joint primary election. This will enable us to allocate resources and coordinate to ensure a smooth voting process for all, no matter where you vote or which primary you choose to vote in,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“I want to commend Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello and the Elections Department staff for facilitating the Joint Primary Election Agreement and their commitment to run fair and efficient elections,” said Republican Chair Stoddard Hajdu.

“This November, our lives and our democracy depend on your vote, and the first step is the March 1 Primary,” said Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble. “Local elections are often won in the Primary, and we urge every Democrat to cast their ballot! You can decide Texas’ future on March 1st.”
A Joint Primary Election includes:

Vote Center Changes
Dallas County voters from both parties can vote at any vote center in Dallas County and the Dallas County Elections Department will attempt to utilize all countywide vote centers. Voters will now be able to discreetly choose their party affiliation at the qualification table instead of attending party-specific vote centers or standing in a Republican Party or Democratic Party line at a vote center. The deadline to register to vote for March 1, 2022, Primary Election is January 31st. You can visit the DallasCountyVotes.org site to check your registration status or to download a voter registration application.

Higher Primary Poll Worker Pay
To ensure appropriately staffed vote centers, Dallas County will pay the difference to poll workers between the State’s reimbursement of $12 per hour for primary poll workers and the County’s normal rate. This increases
Election Clerk’s pay to $16/hour and the Elections Judges to $18/hour.
Explore opportunities to work at election polls HERE.

Familiar Voting Process
Dallas County voters will have the opportunity to vote in the same location and nearly the same manner that they have over the last several major elections.

As details are finalized further information can be found at DallasCountyVotes.org.

Elecciones Primarias Conjuntas Anunciadas para el Condado Dallas

Dallas, Texas – La Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas aprobó un contrato entre el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado Dallas, Michael Scarpello, la Presidenta del Partido Demócrata del Condado Dallas, Kristy Noble, y la Presidenta del Partido Republicano del Condado Dallas, Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu, para realizar la Primera Elección Primaria Conjunta en la historia del Condado Dallas.

La discusión de una elección conjunta comenzó dos meses antes de un acuerdo alcanzado por las Presidentas del Partido Demócrata y Republicano el 7 de enero de 2022, y aprobado por la Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas el 11 de enero. El contrato es para las elecciones primarias del 1 de marzo y permitirá a los votantes de ambos partidos votar en cualquier centro de votación en el Condado Dallas. En elecciones primarias anteriores, los votantes se limitaban a votar en centros de votación específicos al partido o a presentarse en las líneas del partido de preferencia en una ubicación compartida.

Vea la Orden completa de la Corte de Comisionados del Condado Dallas AQUÍ.

“Con el fin de dar la mejor experiencia para los votantes en las próximas elecciones primarias, los partidos y el Condado Dallas se han asociado en preparación para la primera elección primaria conjunta. Esto nos permitirá asignar recursos y coordinarnos para garantizar un proceso de votación sin problemas para todos, sin importar dónde vote o en qué primaria elija votar.” dijo el Juez del Condado Dallas Clay Jenkins.

“Quiero felicitar al Administrador de Elecciones Michael Scarpello y al personal del Departamento de Elecciones por facilitar el Acuerdo Conjunto de Elecciones Primarias y su compromiso de llevar a cabo elecciones justas y eficientes.,” dijo la Presidenta del Partido Republicano del Condado Dallas, Jennifer Stoddard Hajdu.

“Este noviembre, nuestras vidas y nuestra democracia dependen de su voto, y el primer paso son las Primarias del 1 de marzo. ¡Las elecciones locales se ganan frecuentemente en las primarias, e invitamos a cada demócrata a emitir su voto! Puedes decidir el futuro de Texas el 1 de marzo.”. dijo la Presidenta del Partido Demócrata del Condado Dallas, Kristy Noble.

La elección primaria conjunta incluye:

Cambios en el Centro de Votación
Los votantes del Condado Dallas de ambos partidos pueden votar en cualquier centro de votación en el Condado Dallas y el Departamento de Elecciones intentará utilizar todos los centros de votación en el condado. Los votantes ahora podrán elegir discretamente su afiliación de partido en lugar de asistir a centros de votación específicos a un partido o pararse en una línea del partido preferido. La fecha límite para registrarse para votar para las elecciones primarias del 1 de marzo de 2022 es el 31 de enero. Puede visitar el sitio de DallasCountyVotes.org para verificar su estado de registro o para descargar una solicitud deregistro de votantes.

Salario para los Trabajadores Electorales
Para garantizar que los centros de votación cuenten con el personal adecuado, el Condado Dallas pagará la diferencia a los trabajadores entre el reembolso del Estado de $12 por hora para los trabajadores y la tarifa normal del Condado. Esto aumenta el salario de los trabajadores electorales a $16/hora y los jueces electorales a $18/hora.

Explore oportunidades para trabajar en los centros de votación AQUÍ.

Proceso de Votación Familiar
Los votantes del Condado Dallas tendrán la oportunidad de votar en el mismo lugar y de la misma manera que lo han hecho en las últimas elecciones.
A medida que se finalizan los detalles, se puede encontrar más información en DallasCountyVotes.org.

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning

Everyone knows that kids need to learn their ABCs and 123s but Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is just as important. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

Learning the five components of SEL, listed below, will help children and adults become self-aware, caring, responsible, engaged, lifelong learners who work together to achieve their goals and create a more inclusive, just world. (CASEL.ORG)

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

The library has many books to help children with SEL. Come take a look at the SEL books on the January display in the youth area.

 

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