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City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: April 27

City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: April 27 1

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Below are the latest updates from the City of Dallas on our COVID-19 response and some information that may be useful to you, including details about Governor Abbott’s newly announced plan to reopen the Texas economy:
 

Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
 
3,105 in Dallas County (91 are new) & 84 deaths (recovery numbers unknown)
2,019 in Tarrant County (72 are new) & 53 deaths (289 recovered)
725  in Denton County (12 are new) & 20 deaths (344 recovered)
676 in Collin County (13 are new) & 17 deaths (463 recovered)
149 in Ellis County & 5 deaths (79 recovered)
73 in Kaufman County (38 recovered)
72 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. 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: 5,693
Beds occupied: 3,211 (56%)
Total ICU beds: 827
ICU beds occupied: 524 (63%)
Total ventilators: 942
Ventilators in use: 333 (35%)
 
COVID-19 Lab Reports 
 
Below are the numbers for Monday, April 27, 2020:
 
649 COVID-19 tests
115 positive
534 negative
 
Testing numbers from labs to date 
 
Total tests to date by Dallas County Health and Human Services
1,978
Total tests to date private labs*
13,675
Total negative tests to date*
12,905

*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 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: 850
Total tested today: 837
Total number of visitors since the sites opened: 20,066
Total number of tests since the sites opened: 15,343

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 11:00 am April 27, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 91 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 3,105, including 84 deaths.

Of the 84 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. A new summary report will be published tomorrow. 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 13 new cases (net) of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:30 p.m.
There are 196 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
There have been 676 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
463 people have successfully recovered; 29 are hospitalized; 167 remain in home isolation.
There have been 17 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
There have been 6,853 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
There are 1,045 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.
 
Updates from Denton County
 
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 725 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH is also announcing 5 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 held a press conference and released a report today sharing his plan to reopen the Texas economy. The Governor’s report to reopen Texas includes details on a long-term care COVID-19 mitigation plan, steps to increase testing, health protocols, and more. He issued three new executive orders (GA-18, GA-19, and GA-20). Learn more about the plan here and read Mayor Johnson’s official response to the plan, parts of which go into effect on Friday, hereCity of Dallas COVID-19 Update: April 27 2City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: April 27 3

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

COVID-19 Resource Hotline

The City of Dallas has launched a COVID-19 resource hotline. The hotline offers information in Spanish and English 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 214-670-INFO (4636). You can also find a breakdown of additional resources by clicking on the image below. 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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