COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Trauma Service Area E Triggers Mandatory Capacity Reductions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 3, 2020

Trauma Service Area E (TSA E), which includes Dallas County and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, today reached seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals, as a percentage of available hospital beds, exceeded 15 percent. According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32 (GA-32), this makes TSA E an area with high hospitalizations and certain occupancy reductions are automatically triggered by reaching this threshold.

Businesses whose occupancy rates were increased to 75% in October through GA-32 are immediately reduced back to 50%. This includes all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries in Dallas County and the other counties comprising TSA-E. A full list of affected businesses can be located at https://open.texas.gov/.  These capacity reductions do not affect businesses listed under the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance or covered by other exemptions contained in GA-32.

TSA E will remain under these restrictions until there are seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds is at 15 percent or less.  The Texas Department of State Health Services provides additional information on GA-32 and a list of all affected counties at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/ga32/.

Masking Plan Supplemental Order

A new Dallas County order has been issued that mandates businesses require everyone on their premises to wear a mask in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on June 19, 2020, (“Effective Date”) and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on August 4, 2020, unless extended, modified, or terminated early by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins:

a. From the Effective Date of this Order, all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (“Health and Safety Policy”). The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible. The Health and Safety Policy required to be developed and implemented by this Order may also include the implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control or reduce the transmission of CO VID-19 such as temperature checks or health screenings. Commercial entities must post the Health and Safety Policy required by this Order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements. Failure to develop and implement the Health and Safety Policy required by this Order within five (5) calendar days following the Effective Date of this Order may result in a fine not to exceed $500 for each violation.

b. All people 10 years or older shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers. The CDC advises face coverings for people 2 years or older. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. Dallas County residents should continue to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while outside their home. Dallas County employees are also required to wear face coverings under the same circumstances as the general public. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU NOT OBTAIN OR WEAR MEDICAL MASKS OR N-95 RESPIRATORS AS THEY ARE A NEEDED RESOURCE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. Our healthcare workers and first responders on the front-line combating COVID-19 must have priority access to medical masks or other personal protective equipment. Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:

  1. When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
  2. While driving alone or with passengers who are party of the same household as the driver
  3. When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
  4. While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
  5. While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks
  6. When consuming food or drink


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

Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public

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/

Supplemental Order on Reopened Services and Food Processing Plants

On Monday, May 4, 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released a supplemental order regarding the reopening of services and food processing plants. Included in the order is the following:

“Reopened Services must comply Minimum Standard Health Protocols, in The Governor’s Report to Open Texas, issued April 27, 2020. For clarity, to the extent the Governor’s Minimum Standard Health Protocols are recommendations, the Health Protocols are adopted as mandatory rules in Dallas County.”




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

Amended Order Extends to May 15, Makes Changes to Be Consistent with Governor’s Order and Rules for Reopened Services

The April 23 Revised Order makes the following changes:

  • Extends the Order until May 15, 2020
  • Removes elective surgery language to be consistent with the Governor’s Order
  • Adds language on “Reopened Services” to be consistent with the Governor’s Order and includes visiting “reopened services” as an allowable activity under the relevant sections of our Order
    • The social distancing and hygiene requirements for Reopened Services were issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (attached) and this Order incorporates the State’s requirements  
  • Updates language on religious and worship services to be consistent with the Governor’s Order
  • Allows auto dealers showrooms to be open
  • Requires schools to be closed for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year to be consistent with the Governor’s Order
  • Exempts CARE Act Payments from garnishment, except for garnishment for child support payments

Rules for Reopened Services

Definition of “Reopened Services”:

  • Retail services that are not “Essential Businesses” under the Dallas County Safer-At-Home Order.
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, Reopened Services shall be provided only through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep. Customers may not enter the premises.

General Rules for All Reopened Services:

  • All employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
  • All employees must be screened before coming into the business for new or worsening cough; shortness of breath; sore throat; loss of taste or smell; feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit; or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Any employee who meets any of these criteria must be sent home.
  • Employers must provide soap and water, or hand sanitizer if no soap or water is available, in the workplace, including all restrooms and food preparation areas.
  • Employees must wash their hands for at least twenty (20) seconds before beginning work, after each interaction with a customer, before any food preparation, before and after the use of shared items, after any meal or restroom breaks, and immediately prior to the end of the work shift.
  • All employees must wear face coverings.
  • Employees must maintain at least 6 feet separation from one another.

Rules for Reopened Services Providing Services Through Retail-to-Go:

  • All payments shall be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact shall be minimized if remote payment is not available.
  • Purchased items shall be delivered by the employee to the backseat or trunk of the customer’s vehicle whenever possible to minimize physical contact with the customer.
  • Employees must wash or sanitize their hands after each interaction with a customer, and whenever possible, must disinfect any item that came into contact with the customer.

Rules for Reopened Services Providing Services Through Delivery to a Customer’s Residence or Business:

  • All payments shall be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact shall be minimized if remote payment is not available.
  • Purchased items shall be delivered by an employee or third party carrier and delivered to the customer’s residence or business. The employee or third party carrier may not enter the customer’s house or business.

Rules for Reopened Services Providing Services Through Delivery by Mail:

  • All payments must be done over the phone or internet.
  • Purchased items shall be delivered by mail without customer contact.

Enforcement. A violation of this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days. Additionally, any Essential Retailer who fails to strictly comply with these rules can be removed from the essential business list and prohibited from operating in Dallas County.


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

Revised Dallas County Order

Dallas County has revised the April 17, 2020 Amended Safer At Home Order. Revisions include:

  • Allows stores that sell fabric to operate for the sole purpose of selling school supplies and fabric and other supplies needed to make cloth coverings and masks (page 6)
  • Adds language stating that the failure to wear a cloth covering cannot result in any civil or criminal fines or penalties (page 8).

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

Judge Jenkins’ Statement on Reopening the Economy

“I believe we- local, state, and federal officials- can work together to protect public health and carefully open the economy. We must be fully committed to following the science so we minimize the risk of a second wave of COVID19 that could force us backwards. We must listen to our constituents including those voices too often ignored but critical to this response. This includes among others: voices for workplace safety and fair treatment, communities of color who are bearing a disproportionate share of the pain of this pandemic and small business entrepreneurs who create half the jobs in Texas.

We are all anxious to get more Texans back into the workforce in a cautious and scientific way.

Here in North Texas, County Judges have been meeting weekly via telephone with healthcare experts discussing ways to safely open the economy. Several of the things mentioned by the Governor today were already being discussed by our team in Dallas County such as loosening the restrictions on some surgeries and ‘retail to go’. Others, like opening movie theaters and restaurants are not businesses we contemplate being in the first group of businesses to be opened for in person experience. None of this means that on April 30, 2020, this will all be over and #SaferAtHome will end.

Rather, it means we can open the first group of businesses supported by testing and the tracing of positive cases. After watching that first group to measure its effect on public health (probably two weeks) and if successful, open the next grouping.

Together, all of us must continue making good personal responsibility decisions and limit unnecessary trips and contact. This will play an important role as to how successful North Texas is and how fast we can end this crisis.”


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

UPDATED April 16, 2020 Dallas County Amended Safer at Home Order

On April 16, 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Amended the Safer at Home order to include requirements for cloth coverings.

To the greatest extent possible all persons over the age of two (2) shall wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief, when patronizing an essential business or using public transportation, taxis or ride shares. Parents of children under 10 shall be responsible for appropriately masking their children.

FAQ: Cloth Face Coverings

This document provides public health information on how members of the general public can safely use cloth face coverings when they need to leave their home for a short period of time to obtain essential goods or services. Members of the general public should use a clean face covering anytime they will be in contact with other people who are not household members in public or private spaces. It is important to note that face coverings are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing and frequent handwashing.

What is a cloth face covering?

A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

What can I use to cover my face?

Acceptable, reusable face covering options for the general public include:

  • Homemade face covering
  • Bandana
  • Scarf
  • Tightly woven fabric, such as cotton t-shirts and some types of towels

Why wear a face cover?

Recent information has indicated that covering your nose and mouth can slow the spread of COVID-19 because:

  • Individuals can be contagious before the onset of symptoms. You may be contagious and do not know it. If you have covered your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • We touch our face less when our face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19.

When should I wear a cloth face covering?

You are asked to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public to visit an essential business, such as shopping at the grocery store. Wearing a cloth face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others and to wash your hands frequently.

How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

There is limited evidence to suggest that the use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions. If you plan to use a face covering it is important to keep your nose and mouth covered. Lowering the covering from your nose and mouth while talking defeats the purpose of wearing the face covering since you can spread virus while you talk.

How should I care for a cloth face covering?

It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to store cloth face coverings until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:

  • No longer cover the nose and mouth
  • Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
  • Cannot stay on the face
  • Have holes or tears in the fabric

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Preguntas frecuentes: Cubiertas faciales de tela

Este documento proporciona información de salud pública sobre cómo los miembros del público en general pueden usar de manera segura cubiertas de tela para la cara cuando necesitan salir de su hogar por un corto período de tiempo para obtener bienes o servicios esenciales. Los miembros del público en general deben usar una cubierta de tela cada vez que estén en contacto con otras personas que no son miembros del hogar en espacios públicos o privados. Es importante tener en cuenta que las cubiertas faciales no son un sustituto para practicar siempre el distanciamiento físico y el lavado frecuente de manos.

¿Qué es una cubierta facial de tela?

Una cubierta facial de tela es un material que cubre la nariz y la boca. Se puede asegurar a la cabeza con lazos o correas o simplemente envolver alrededor de la cara. Puede estar hecho de una variedad de materiales, como algodón, seda o lino. Una cubierta de tela para la cara se puede fabricar o coser a mano o se puede improvisar con artículos del hogar como bufandas, camisetas, sudaderas o toallas.

¿Qué puedo usar para cubrirme la cara?

Las opciones de coberturas faciales aceptables y reutilizables para el público en general incluyen:

  • Cobertura facial hecha en casa
  • Pañuelo
  • Bufanda
  • Tejidos ajustados, como camisetas de algodón y algunos tipos de toallas.

¿Por qué usar una cubierta facial?

Información reciente ha indicado que cubrirse la nariz y la boca puede retrasar la propagación de COVID-19 porque

  • Las personas pueden ser contagiosas antes del inicio de los síntomas. Puede ser contagioso sin saberlo. Si se cubre la nariz y la boca, puede limitar la propagación de COVID-19.
  • Tocamos menos nuestra cara cuando está cubierta. Tocarse la cara después de tocar algo contaminado con COVID-19 aumenta sus posibilidades de enfermarse con COVID-19.

¿Cuándo debo usar una cubierta de tela para la cara?

Se le pide que use una cobertura de tela que cubra su nariz y boca cuando debe estar en público para visitar un negocio esencial, como ir de compras en la tienda de comestibles. El uso de una cubierta facial de tela no elimina la necesidad de distanciarse físicamente de los demás y de lavarse las manos con frecuencia.

¿Qué tan bien funcionan las cubiertas de tela para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19?

Hay evidencia limitada que sugiere que el uso de cubiertas de tela por el público durante una pandemia podría ayudar a reducir la transmisión de enfermedades. Su función principal es reducir la liberación de partículas infecciosas en el aire cuando alguien habla, tose o estornuda, incluso alguien que tiene COVID-19 pero que se siente bien. Las cubiertas faciales de tela no son un sustituto del distanciamiento físico y del lavado de manos y de quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo, pero pueden ser útiles cuando se combinan con estas intervenciones primarias. Si planea usar una cubierta facial, es importante mantener la nariz y la boca cubiertas. Bajar la cubierta de la nariz y la boca mientras habla anula el propósito de usar la cubierta de la cara ya que puede transmitir el virus mientras habla.

¿Cómo debo cuidar una cubierta de tela para la cara?

Es una buena idea lavar la cubierta facial con frecuencia, idealmente después de cada uso, o al menos diariamente. Tenga una bolsa o contenedor para guardar las cubiertas de tela de la cara hasta que puedan lavarse con detergente y agua caliente y secarse en un ciclo caliente. Si debe volver a usar su cubierta para cubrirse la cara antes de lavarse, lávese las manos inmediatamente después de volver a ponerse y evite tocarse la cara. Deseche las cubiertas de tela que:

  • Ya no cubren la nariz y la boca
  • Han estirado o dañado los lazos o correas
  • No puede mantenerse en la cara
  • Tiene agujeros o rasgaduras en la tela

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

Duncanville and Dallas County Amended Safer At Home Orders

April 8, 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins amended the Safer at Home order. Those amendments were added to the Duncanville order by Mayor Barry L. Gordon on April 9, 2020.

These latest amendments include restrictions on short-term rentals and door-to-door solicitations.



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

Amended Shelter in Place Order with Laboratory Test Reporting Requirements and Retail Safety Rules

DATE AMENDED ORDER ISSUED: March 31, 2020

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an amended order effective at 11:59 PM on March 31, 2020 that further refined language for laboratory reporting, property loss or damage, and added safety rules for essential retailers.

The amended order includes the following:

  • Added Laboratory Reporting Language
    • All public, private, and commercial laboratories operating within Dallas County and performing CVID-19 testing shall report by 5:00 p.m. each day for the prior 24-hour period:
      • The number of COVID-19 tests performed; and
      • The number of positive COVID-19 tests.
  • Added Safety Rules for Essential Retailers
    • All essential retail establishments, including grocery stores, gas stations, and pet supplies stores must follow the safety rules set out in Exhibit A
  • Added language clarifying that COVID-19 causes property loss or damage.
    • This clarification helps trigger business interruption insurance.

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