City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: April 26

City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: April 26 1

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Below are the latest updates from the City of Dallas on our COVID-19 response:
 

Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
 
3,014 in Dallas County (105 are new) & 82 deaths (recovery numbers unknown)
1,947 in Tarrant County (111 are new) & 53 deaths (283 recovered)
713  in Denton County (11 are new) & 20 deaths (339 recovered)
663 in Collin County (9 are new) & 17 deaths (459 recovered)
147 in Ellis County & 5 deaths (73 recovered)
70 in Kaufman County (37 recovered)
70 in Rockwall County & 1 death (recovery numbers unknown)

COVID-19 Dashboard

The City of Dallas has created a COVID-19 Dashboard containing data that is updated daily on COVID-19 cases, ventilator and bed capacity, lab tests, demographic information, and other critical data we are collecting. Check it out by clicking on the image below.  Hospital Reports
 
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics for today as reported by 25 hospitals in the City of Dallas: 
 
Total beds: 5,692
Beds occupied: 3,248 (57%)
Total ICU beds: 827
ICU beds occupied: 536 (65%)
Total ventilators: 942
Ventilators in use: 310 (33%)
 
COVID-19 Lab Reports 
 
Below are the numbers for Sunday, April 26 2020:
 
313 COVID-19 tests
50 positive
263 negative
 
Testing numbers from labs to date 
 
Total tests to date by Dallas County Health and Human Services
1,874
Total tests to date private labs*
12,947
Total negative tests to date*
12,243

*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.

Note: these numbers DO NOT include the community-based testing site numbers since those tests are conducted in a lab not in the City of Dallas.
 
Community-Based Testing Sites

The numbers reported from the three community-based testing sites for April 26 are as follows:
 
American Airlines Center, Ellis Davis Field House, and NEW Mobile Testing

Total number of visitors today: 362
Total tested today: 324
Total number of visitors since the sites opened: 19,216
Total number of tests since the sites opened: 14,506

Demographic information on those who visited the test sites and a breakdown of the number of people who visited each site or received mobile testing can be found here.
 
City of Dallas Updates

More information regarding the City’s new Small Business Continuity Fund, our program to help small businesses in Dallas, has been posted on the City’s webpage. The webpage provides information on how to apply, an overview of the fund, details on eligibility requirements, and a document with frequently asked questions. The Office of Economic Development will accept applications for the program beginning May 4, 2020. For questions, please email SBCF@dallascityhall.com. For information on how to apply, please click on the image below. The City of Dallas, Dallas County, and Parkland Health and Hospital System (hereafter “PHHS”) will  partner to create a mobile testing initiative to reach certain populations in the community. Based on community needs and CDC Guidelines for testing, PHHS will develop a testing schedule which will begin with testing at area nursing homes, senior living communities, homeless shelters, etc.  The testing schedule will be created weekly and will be submitted to the City of Dallas.

City of Dallas Community Based Testing Sites will allocate up to 40% of current approved tests to mobile testing (i.e. a quantity of 200 tests per site per day based on current approved capacity). Each mobile testing unit (for a maximum of 2) will maintain a quantity of 200 test kits on-hand daily and will be replenished to maintain that level. An increase/decrease in testing supplies will be data driven.

Just a reminder that the COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Sites have expanded their testing criteria. Criteria now includes no symptoms required for first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, grocery store and essential retail store workers.

Here are some shareable graphics the City of Dallas produced that you can use on social media platforms to help remind your friends and neighbors of the Shelter in Place: Safer at Home Order still in effect in Dallas County; new regulations on retail-to-go that started this weekend; and information on City Council committees resuming May 4.

English Retail-to-Go Flier, Spanish Retail-to-Go Flier
English Stay at Home Order, Spanish Stay at Home Order
English Council Committees Resume, Spanish Council Committees Resume
 
Updates from Dallas County
 
As of 11:00am April 26, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 105 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 3,014, including 82 deaths.

Of the 82 total deaths reported to date, about 40% have been associated with long-term care facilities. Of cases requiring hospitalization, most 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 of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19. 

Please see the latest summary report for more information. The report contains race/ethnicity information on the confirmed tests and deaths and important information comparing influenza ICU admissions and hospitalizations and COVID-19 ICU admissions and hospitalizations. Dallas County only updates the summary report on Tuesdays and Fridays. 
 
Updates from Collin County
 
There are 9 net new cases of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:30 p.m.
There are 187 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
There have been 663 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
459 people have successfully recovered; 23 are hospitalized; 164 remain in home isolation.
There have been 17 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
There have been 6,350 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
There are 1,027 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.
 
Updates from Denton County
 
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 11 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 713 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH is also announcing 2 newly recovered COVID-19 cases within the county.

The laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 Denton State Supported Living Center (DSSLC) resident total remains 54. The cumulative, countywide long-term care facility (LTCF) resident total remains 19. Staff who test positive for COVID-19 from DSSLC and over 100 LTCFs in Denton County are included within the totals for the town, city, unincorporated area, and/or county in which the staff person resides.

Visit www.dentoncounty.gov/COVIDstats for local COVID-19 data including interactive heat maps, charts, and city and zip code data. Visit www.dentoncounty.gov/COVID19 for COVID-19 health and safety information.

Updates from the State
 
Governor Abbott is expected to publicize his plan to reopen Texas tomorrow. He will be holding a press conference at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Here is the latest information on the Governor’s recent executive orders establishing retail-to-go and updates to the hospital capacity policies.

Walgreens Testing Site

Walgreens opened a drive-thru testing site in southern Dallas at 2060 South Buckner Boulevard. Pre-registration is required to get tested at this location. To receive a test, individuals must first complete an online health assessment to determine eligibility. After the test, patients will be informed of results within 24 hours. To find out more information and to sign up to get tested, click on the image below. 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: 
COVID-19 Resident Resource Guide_April 17
COVID-19 Guia de Recursos para Residentes_17 de Abril

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Resource

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is hosting a free online training on Wednesday, April 29 from 2 – 3 p.m. for educators and school administrators about how to support students who might be experiencing abuse at home. The session is entitled ‘Strategies & Struggles of Teaching Remotely: Taking Care of Yourself and Students During a Pandemic.’ Registration is available 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 by clicking on the image below. United Way 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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As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reply to this email or call my office at (214) 670-3301.


Sincerely,
Office of Mayor Eric Johnson
1500 Marilla Street, 5EN
Dallas, Texas 75201

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