Dear Friend —
Below are the latest updates from the City of Dallas on our COVID-19 response and information on some resources that might be of interest to you or someone you know:
Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
- 1,537 in Dallas County – 105 newly confirmed
- 705 in Tarrant County
- 454 in Denton County
- 425 in Collin County
- 71 in Ellis County
- 24 in Kaufman County
- 24 in Rockwall County
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics as reported by 24 hospitals in the City of Dallas:
- Total beds: 5,354
- Beds occupied: 2,917 (54%)
- Total ICU beds: 783
- ICU beds occupied: 461 (59%)
- Total ventilators: 901
- Ventilators in use: 288 (32%)
The City is currently working with the University of Texas at Dallas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research to analyze the data that has been collected from hospitals and other COVID-19-related data. More information will be shared once it becomes available.
As of 5:00 p.m. the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management has received a report from eight labs. Below are the numbers for today, Friday, April 10, 2020:
|233 COVID-19 tests|
Testing numbers from labs to date
Dallas County has reported at least two recovered COVID-19 cases, however the exact number of patients who have been released from area hospitals to continue their recovery at home is not available at this time.
|Total tests to date by Dallas County Health and Human Services||1,028|
|Total tests to date private labs*||5,994|
|Total negative tests to date*||5,825|
|Total active cases||1,537|
*Numbers since March 13, 2020, the date the order requiring public and private labs in Dallas to report their COVID-19 tests went into effect
Community-Based Testing Sites
The numbers reported from the two community-based testing sites for April 9 are as follows:
|American Airlines Center||Ellis Davis Field House|
|Total number of visitors: 222||Total number of visitors: 192|
|Total tested: 161||Total tested: 167|
311 COVID-19 Call and Service Report (SR) Data
|New 311 COVID-19 Calls Received Today||66|
|Total 311 COVID-19 Calls Received to Date||3,645||Since March 13, 2020|
|New Emergency Regulations SRs Received Today (General)||677|
|Total Emergency Regulations SRs Received to Date (General)||10,734||Since March 17, 2020|
|New Emergency Regulations SRs Received Today (Parks only)||14|
|Total Emergency Regulations SRs Received to Date (Parks only)||326||Since March 20, 2020|
- All City of Dallas parks closed at 9 p.m. tonight and will re-open at 7 a.m. Monday to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 this holiday weekend. Please share these graphics (English and Spanish) with people in your community to get the word out.
- Barrels have been delivered to select locations to be positioned in parking lot entry points by Park and Recreation staff. Staff will reposition the barrels in the entryways of these parks when parking lots are empty.
- Contractors were onsite at the Federal Medical Station (FMS) at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC) today. No open date has been set yet.
- Dallas received a shipment of self-swab kits, the Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS) at the Ellis Davis Field House (EDFH) plans to transition to the self-swab kits. This testing method is less invasive and is safer for both patients and healthcare providers, requiring less PPE. EDFH will perform a dry run this coming Monday.
- Both CBTS sites will be closed Sunday, April 12 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, April 13.
- Individuals who have tested at Dallas’ Community Based Testing Sites (AAC or EDFH) and haven’t received their results after 5 days can send an email to Dallascbtsresults@dallascityhall.com with the following info:
- Location of Test
- Date/Time of Test
- Telephone Number
- The Office of Homeless Solutions (OHS) continues their operations of a temporary, overnight shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC). Last night the KBHCC housed 311 overnight guests.
- OHS is also utilizing hotel rooms to house persons in need of quarantine or persons on the “priority housing” list. Last night 100 people received shelter at local hotels.
- Here are links to the latest FAQ documents regarding essential businesses for the stay-at-home orders: English & Spanish
Updates from Dallas County
- The County has created an interactive map of COVID-19 cases per zip code. The map can be viewed here, https://covid-analytics-pccinnovation.hub.arcgis.com/
- This is the Friday summary of cumulative COVID-19 cases in Dallas County.
- Today Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 105 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 1,537.
- The 23rd, 24th, and 25th deaths from COVID-19 were reported, including: a woman in her 90’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas and 2 men in their 80’s who were residents of the city of Dallas. All had been hospitalized and had additional underlying health conditions.
- Of cases requiring hospitalization, most (69%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition.
- Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third (30%) of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
Updates from Federal Partners
The Office of Senator John Cornyn has shared information on the federal Payroll Protection Program. Small businesses, self-employed individuals, nonprofit organizations, and other entities are eligible for low-interest loans to help cover payroll costs, healthcare benefits, salaries, rent, utilities, and other costs. Applications are open now. Information on how to apply and more information about the program can be found here.
The Office of Congressman Allred has put together a Small Business Resource Guide with information on resources for businesses being offered by the federal government. Check out the guide here.
Wrongful Eviction Assistance
Dallas County established a tenant helpline for tenants who have been evicted despite the order or who are pending eviction. Before reaching out residents are advised of the following:
- Tenants engaged in criminal activity or causing an imminent threat to health and safety may be subject to eviction prior to the aforementioned date.
- Tenants maintain responsibility for paying their rent.
- Tenants are encouraged to contact their landlord and make sure they are aware when eviction moratoriums are in place.
- When having difficulty paying rent, tenants should attempt to make payments and/or establish a payment schedule with their landlord.
Information about the initial order suspending evictions, is available in English and Spanish at: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/tenant-hotline.php
Email: Tenanthotline@dallascounty.org | Call: 214-653-6563 or 833-743-0072
Food Assistance Needed
Dallas County and the North Texas Food Bank have announced they are launching a virtual food bank. This will help to fill in the gaps created by a lack of state and federal funding for food access. Donations instead of food are being encouraged and can be made by visiting www.DallasCountyCovid.org or http://ntfb.org/give. This link has more information on the program.
Dallas Resident Resource Guides
There are a number of resources available to residents and businesses impacted by the emergency regulations that have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The City of Dallas has created a Resident Resource Guide with information on:
- Rental assistance;
- Filing for unemployment;
- Connecting displaced workers to jobs;
- Food assistance;
- Help paying utilities (note: most utility disconnections have been halted during this time);
- Mental health resources;
- Business loan information; and
- Other key resources.
The guide that has been updated today to include more resources is available in both English and Spanish:
Childcare for Essential Workers
Frontline Child Care provides information on childcare options for Dallas’ frontline workers. The site was launched by Governor Greg Abbott and various state agencies to make sure those still working through this pandemic have access to childcare. Check out the site here.
Dallas Regional Chamber Resources
The Dallas Regional Chamber has set up a site for additional resources for residents and businesses, including information on various state and federal programs. Check out their resource guide here and their site to connect displaced workers to employment opportunities during the pandemic here.
United Way Income Resource Guides
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has put together a list of resources available to Dallas area residents in English and Spanish. Resources include the North Texas Food Bank’s open food pantries, tax filing information, and job opportunities.
Senior Source Resources
This is the link to the Senior Source’s COVID-19 resource guide. The guide includes information for seniors, including information on specific grocery store hours dedicated to seniors, and guidance for those who are caring for seniors during the pandemic.
If you have more questions about COVID-19, including what you should do if you believe you might have the virus, check out the City’s web page, www.DallasCityHall.com/coronavirus.
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Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay informed.
City of Dallas