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City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: March 26

The following is an update on the City of Dallas’ planning and preparedness efforts regarding COVID-19, as of March 26, 2020. 

City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: March 26 1

Positive cases of COVID-19

  • 303 in Dallas County – 56 are new
  • 66 in Collin County
  • 90 in Tarrant County
  • 70 in Denton County
  • 2 in Kaufman County
  • 0 in Rockwall County
  • 6 in Ellis County

Lab Reports
As of 5:00 p.m. the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management has received a report from six labs. Below are the numbers for today, Thursday, March 26, 2020:

706 COVID-19 tests
63 positive
618 negative

Community Based Testing Sites – The numbers reported from the two community based testing sites for March 25 are as follows:

American Airlines Center Ellis Davis Field House
Total number of individuals: 574 Total number of individuals: 355
Total tested: 250 Total tested: 253

Below are testing numbers to date:

Total Tests to date by DCHHS 380
Total Tests to date private labs* 3,443
Total Negative tests to date* 3,384
Total active cases 303
Total deaths 7
Total recovered 2

*Numbers as of March 13, 2020 to date, since the Mayor’s order went into effect

Update from the state

  • Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of NY, NJ, or CT as well as the city of New Orleans, LA.

Updates from Dallas County

  • Dallas County held a press conference at 6 p.m. and discussed the following:
    • There are four COVID-19 tests from the Dallas County jail that will most likely come back positive.
    • The county has worked with the state to add a 250-bed mobile hospital, the judge referred to it as, “a hospital in a box.” There is a need for this hospital.
    • The county is sending a request to the state for national guardsmen. The guardsmen would be here on a medical mission and would not be here to enforce any kind of marshall law.
  • Today Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 56 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 303.
  • The seventh death from COVID-19 was reported, of a woman in her 90’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. This individual had been critically ill in an area hospital and did not have other high-risk chronic health conditions.
  • Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (67%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. 

City Operations

  • Both COVID-19 Community Based Testing Sites reached their federal testing capacity today. The federal limit is 250 tests, per site, each day.
  • Public Affairs and Outreach has created a shareable graphic for you to encourage your constituents to stay at home. The graphic is attached in English and Spanish.
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) board has agreed to expand its Rider Assistance Program (RAP) by taking over a City of Dallas service used by seniors and disabled persons. Dallas currently provides a last resort Senior Medical Transportation Program (SMTP) for low to moderate income persons who reside within the city and who do not qualify for other transportation programs.

Utility Assistance

  • The Public Utilities Commission of Texas voted Thursday to temporarily prevent utility companies from disconnecting power and water services to residents financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • However, residents must still pay their bills via a deferred payment plan (residents need to contact their service provider for customer assistance)
  • REP’s that participate will be able to request reimbursement from the Covid-19 Electricity Relief Program which is “funded by the proceeds of a .33 cent per megawatt hour charge billed monthly.” Per the order, “For a Texas household that typically uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month, the charge on their bill would be an additional 33 cents.”

The order does not address commercial shutoffs, we are seeking guidance on how that is being handled

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