Check out the latest updates from the City of Dallas on our response to COVID-19 and some information that might be of interest to you, including details about a virtual job fair I am hosting on June 3 and 4 to connect workers displaced during the COVID-19 pandemic with job opportunities:
Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
8,090 in Dallas County (186 are new) & 196 deaths (5 are new)
4,711 in Tarrant County (68 are new) & 132 deaths (2 are new) (1,716 recovered)
1,161 in Denton County (45 are new) & 28 deaths (0 new) (592 recovered)
1,090 in Collin County (17 are new) & 31 deaths (0 new) (740 recovered)
286 in Ellis County (5 are new) & 12 deaths (0 new) (210 recovered)
159 in Rockwall County (6 are new) & 9 deaths (0 are new) (108 recovered)
154 in Kaufman County (0 are new) & 1 death (0 new) (117 recovered)
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics for today as reported by 25 hospitals in the City of Dallas:
Total beds: 5,713
Beds occupied: 3,735 (65%)
Total ICU beds: 828
ICU beds occupied: 588 (71%)
Total ventilators: 945
Ventilators in use: 318 (34%)
Below is a chart showing the change in the statistics since March 31:
COVID-19 Lab Reports
Below are the COVID-19 testing numbers reported by public, private, and commercial labs to the City of Dallas today:
796 COVID-19 tests
Testing numbers from labs to date
Total tests to date by public, private, and commercial labs*
Total tests to date by Dallas County Health and Human Services
Total tests to date private labs*
Total negative tests to date*
*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. 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. Community-Based Testing Sites The numbers reported from the three community-based testing sites for May 20 are as follows:
American Airlines Center, Ellis Davis Field House, and Mobile Testing
Total number of visitors today: 1,020
Total tested today: 1,000
Total number of visitors since the sites opened: 39,970
Total number of tests since the sites opened: 34,129
City of Dallas/Mayor’s Office Updates
Earlier today, I held a press conference with the City of Dallas COVID-19 Health and Healthcare Access Czar, Dr. Kelvin Baggett, to provide an update to our COVID-19 response. Dr. Baggett discussed the expansion of the new mobile testing program and also provided details on what he’s observed during his first eight days on the job. The City of Dallas also announced at the press conference a new set of openings beginning on May 22, including dog parks. Learn more: Fox 4, WFAA, and NBC 5.
I am hosting Hire Dallas!, a virtual job fair on June 3 and 4 that will connect Dallas workers displaced during the COVID-19 pandemic to job opportunities. Learn more at http://hiredallas.easyvirtualfair.com
New Mobile Testing Program The Dallas City Council unanimously approved a contract for mobile testing. This service will provide equity in the fight against this pandemic by ensuring testing access for vulnerable and underserved people who lack transportation to the COVID-19 testing sites. While this disease has pushed people away from each other physically, it should not tear people apart and deepen the divide in Dallas between the haves and have-nots. The City will pay for the contract with UrgentCare2Go using $660,000 of funds provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The mobile testing launched Friday, May 15.
To be eligible for COVID-19 Mobile Testing, residents must:
• Reside in any ZIP code in the City of Dallas; and
• NOT have transportation and NOT have the means to get to a testing site.
Additionally, residents must have had recent direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or at least one of the three symptoms listed below:
• Temperature of 99.6 or higher
• Shortness of breath
Residents undergoing mobile testing should understand this service is for COVID-19 testing only and not for medical or life-threatening medical emergencies.
The COVID-19 mobile testing appointments can be scheduled between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., 7 days a week through the UrgentCare2GO screening line by calling 1-888-601-0568. COVID-19 mobile testing appointments will be scheduled at NO COST to eligible residents during two-hour time slots with a maximum capacity of 60 appointments a day.
Thank You Thursday Just a reminder to participate in #ThankYouThursday every Thursday to show appreciation for frontline workers. Learn more and let us know you plan to participate by clicking on the image below.
Executive Order FAQs
TheCity Attorney’s Office provided updated FAQs in English and Spanishtoday for the Governor’s Executive Orders and the City of Dallas Emergency Regulations.
Updates from Dallas County
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 186 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 8,090, with 196 total deaths to date.
Of cases requiring hospitalization who reported employment, over 80% have been critical infrastructure workers, with a broad range of affected occupational sectors, including: healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, public works, finance, communications, clergy, first responders and other essential functions.
Of cases requiring hospitalization, two-thirds have been under 65 years of age, and about half do not have high-risk chronic health conditions.
Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
Of the 196 total deaths reported to date, over a third have been associated with long-term care facilities.
Please see the latest summary report for more information (updated on 5/19). 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 17 new cases (net) of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:30 p.m.
There are 319 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
There have been 1,090 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
740 people have successfully recovered; 11 are hospitalized; 308 remain in home isolation.
There have been 31 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
There have been 14,685 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
There are 1,854 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.
Updates from Denton County
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 45 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 1,161 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH is also reporting 21 newly recovered cases of COVID-19.
DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in Trophy Club on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Community members must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585. The testing center will be held at Trophy Club Town Hall at 1 Trophy Wood Drive from 8 AM – 12 PM. Eligible community members are those who have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been symptomatic within the past 7 days. All essential employees are also eligible for free testing.
Additional details regarding DCPH’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers can be found at DentonCounty.gov/COVID19testing. Visit DentonCounty.gov/COVIDstats for local COVID-19 data including interactive heat maps, charts, and city and zip code data. Visit DentonCounty.gov/COVID19 for COVID-19 health and safety information.
Updates from the State
Governor Greg Abbott has announced the second phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to open Texas. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). You can read the executive order by clicking on the image below. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced more than $3M in federal funding to provide shelter and services to survivors of family and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will support the 78 HHSC-funded local family violence centers that provide survivors with immediate shelter, supportive services, and access to community-based programs.
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13 and extended on April 12, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more details, please visit Governor Abbott’s website.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has announced the launch of a statewide pilot program allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase groceries online at participating retailers for curbside pickup or delivery starting Wednesday. Check here for more details about the program.
Walmart Drive-Thru Testing Site
Walmart has opened four additional COVID-19 drive-thru sites in Dallas County. One of these new sites is located in the City of Dallas at 15757 Coit Rd. Walmart continues to maintain operations at a previously opened drive-thru site located at 9410 Webb Chapel Rd. Appoinments must be made at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com, which will screen individuals to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing. For questions regarding testing, you can call 800-635-8611. Those being tested will need to wear a mask or cloth covering and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check, and self-administered test. The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles. Please note: testing is not available inside Walmart stores. For more information, please check out the article about the site by clicking on the image below. Kroger Health Testing Site
Kroger Health is now offering a free COVID-19 testing site in South Dallas and expects to perform over 1,000 tests weekly. Residents can check if they are eligible for testing and register at https://www.krogerhealth.com/covidtesting. Eligible residents will be able to choose an appointment time online and will then receive an email confirmation. When the resident arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in until a health care practitioner comes to the car to provide the patient with the test. For more information, please see the press release in English and Spanish and click on the image below. 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. 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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