Dear City of Dallas Partner —
Below are the latest updates from the City of Dallas on our COVID-19 response:
Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
- 1,788 in Dallas County (65 are new) and 32 deaths
- 876 in Tarrant County and 25 deaths
- 507 in Denton County and 13 deaths
- 472 in Collin County and 10 deaths
- 79 in Ellis County and 3 deaths
- 29 in Kaufman County
- 29 in Rockwall County
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics as reported by 24 hospitals in the City of Dallas:
- Total beds: 5,415
- Beds occupied: 2,751 (51%)
- Total ICU beds: 813
- ICU beds occupied: 491 (60%)
- Total ventilators: 887
- Ventilators in use: 283 (32%)
COVID-19 Lab Reports
As of 5:00 p.m. the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management has received a report from seven labs conducting COVID-19 testing. Below are the numbers for today, Monday, April 13, 2020:
|267 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||1072|
|Total tests to date private labs*||6,810|
|Total negative tests to date*||6,565|
|Total active cases||1,788|
*Numbers since March 13, 2020, the date the order I issued requiring public and private labs in Dallas to report their COVID-19 tests went into effect
In case you missed it: Last week, I announced the formation of the Mayor’s Task Force on COVID-19 Economic Recovery and named Richard W. Fisher, the former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as its chairman. This pandemic will end, and when it does, we must be prepared to revitalize the Dallas economy as quickly as possible. More information about this new task force aimed at can be found in Fox 4, the Dallas Morning News, KRLD, WFAA, KERA, Focus Daily News, and in this press release.
- All Dallas parks reopened at 7 a.m. today after being closed Easter weekend. Compliance was high overall, City Marshal’s issued eight citations.
- Preparations continue at the Federal Medical Station (FMS) at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC), no date has been set for opening.
- The Office of Homeless Solutions (OHS) continues their operations of a temporary, overnight shelter at the KBHCC. Last night the KBHCC housed 364 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
- This is the confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code map as of April 10.
- Today Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 79 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 1,723.
- Today Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 65 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 1,788.
- The 32nd death from COVID-19 was reported of a woman in her 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas. She had been critically ill in area hospital 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.
- As of 4/10, 873 of the Dallas County cases live in the City of Dallas. (about 60%)
- More information about the cases can be found here.
Updates from Collin County
- There are 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:45 p.m.
- There are 203 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
- There have been 472 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
- 259 people have successfully recovered; 20 are hospitalized; 183 remain in home isolation.
- There have been 10 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
- There have been 2,436 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
- There are 755 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.
- 37 of the Collin County individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 live in the City of Dallas.
- More information on the cases can be found here.
Updates from Denton County
- Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 25 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 507 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH is also announcing 51 newly recovered COVID-19 cases within the county.
- 22 of Denton County individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 live in the City of Dallas. 11 of these individuals have recovered according to Denton County health officials. Additional information about the cases can be found here.
Updates from the State
Governor Greg Abbott announced today that Goldman Sachs would be providing $50 million in loans to small businesses in the state to help deal with the economic consequences of COVID-19. Learn more about the announcement here.
Updates from Federal Partners
The United States Department of the Treasury released guidance today on how Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act funds can be spent by local governments. The City of Dallas is eligible to receive funds from the Act along with other municipalities with 500,000 people or more.
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 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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City of Dallas