City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: May 31

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Below are the latest City of Dallas COVID-19 updates and some information that might be of interest to you, including information about a new local disaster declaration issued today and the curfew in place in the City of Dallas.
Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
10,234 in Dallas County (228 are new) & 229 deaths (1 is new)
5,513 in Tarrant County (50 are new) & 165 deaths (0 new) (2,313 recovered)
1,373  in Denton County (16 are new) & 31 deaths (0 new) (677 recovered)
1,312 in Collin County (15 are new) & 34 deaths (0 new) (922 recovered)
343 in Ellis County (5 are new) & 14 deaths (0 new) (290 recovered)
186 in Rockwall County (0 new) & 13 deaths (1 is new) (154 recovered)
212 in Kaufman County (13 are new) & 1 death (0 new) (191 recovered)

Hospital Reports
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics for today as reported by 25 hospitals in the City of Dallas: 

Total beds: 6049
Beds occupied: 3845 (64%)
Total ICU beds: 925
ICU beds occupied: 589 (64%)
Total ventilators: 968
Ventilators in use: 305 (32%)

To provide more context on how many of these hospitalizations are COVID-19 related, below is the latest update from Dallas County on the number of COVID-19 case hospitalizations.

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COVID-19 Lab Reports 
Below are the COVID-19 testing numbers reported by public, private, and commercial labs to the City of Dallas today:
620 COVID-19 tests
9 positive
609 negative
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

American Airlines Center and Ellis Davis Field House today:
Total number of visitors today: 126
Total tested today: 124
Total number of visitors since the sites opened: 47,315
Total number of tests since the sites opened: 42,193

Local State of Disaster & Curfew 
Earlier today, Mayor Johnson issued a Proclamation Declaring a Local State of Disaster in Dallas to help the City address the criminal looting, vandalism, and violence we have seen in the Central Business District and the surrounding areas.
To see the proclamation and read the press release, please click here

Following the declarations of a State of Disaster on Sunday, May 31, City Manager T.C. Broadnax signed orders instituting a curfew in central Dallas from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The emergency regulations set by City Manager Broadnax establish a nighttime curfew limiting travel and gathering in central Dallas’ public places from Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including the downtown, Deep Ellum, Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park neighborhoods. Individuals traveling to and from work, seeking medical attention or engaging in exempt activities, fleeing dangerous situations, or experiencing homelessness are exempt from the curfew. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.
These regulations are effective immediately and continue until they are either rescinded or until they expire.

Smart Summer

Registration for SMART Summer, a virtual summer reading program, is open. Read every day to earn incentives, virtual badges, and grand prizes. For more information, click here.

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Hire Dallas!
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 and pre-register at http://hiredallas.easyvirtualfair.com City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: May 31 4

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
•    Cough
•    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.

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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. City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: May 31 6

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 228 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 10,234, with 229 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 229 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 yesterday). 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 15 net new cases of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:30 p.m.
There are 356 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
There have been 1,312 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
922 people have successfully recovered; 16 are hospitalized; 340 remain in home isolation.
There have been 34 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
There have been 17,065 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
There are 2,323 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.

Updates from Denton County
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 16 new laboratory-confirmed cases of
COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 1,373 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH is also reporting 4 newly recovered cases of COVID-19.
DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in Denton on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The testing center will be held at the UNT Union Circle Parking Garage at 350 S. Welch St, Denton, TX 76201 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. Community members must call to pre-register for testing at 940-349-2585.

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.

Walmart Drive-Thru Testing Site

Walmart has opened COVID-19 drive-thru sites in Dallas County. Two of these sites are located in the City of Dallas at 15757 Coit Rd. and 9410 Webb Chapel Rd. Appointments 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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One Comment

  1. Judaism has a notion of tzarich (need).
    There are levels of tzarich, from small to great.

    This is a much better system than tying everything into a possible death.

    For instance, when my wife went to law school in Fort Worth, frequently the highway would shut down for construction, and they would block the exit ramps so that drivers could not escape into the local small cities causing them traffic.

    So my wife would often get trapped for more than an hour, sometimes two.

    This results from the poor thinking that if no one is about to die, then it’s greedy or selfish to complain.

    My thoughts are the suffering of those who need to use the bathroom, the loss of wealth from the doctors and accountants and babysitters and fathers who have those two hours stolen, and their wealth taken out of society. It’s not just about whether or not a death will result.

    This country has invested heavily in the value of our people. We also have a great value in families and social contacts.

    Anytime one wants to shut down the whole, a quantitative analysis needs to be made.

    As a guide, we need to look at what we have accepted in loss / risk.

    We accept a certain amount of deaths (and injuries) in permitting traffic, social contact, food distribution, entertainment, etc.

    What we need is a side-by-side comparison of what risks we accept versus the risks of not social distancing.

    For instance, we accept 36,000 traffic fatalities every year in the US.
    (we even use motor vehicles to go to the funeral of someone who died in a car accident).

    We accept risks in all facets of life. It’s a risk to get in a car and drive to shul, you could lose your arm or catch a disease or get robbed and shot or have a stroke and smash into a family walking their dog.

    Unfortunately, the secular world has very poor, very poor risk analysis and is incapable of dealing with it using level judgment. Zero experience.

    I’m not taking a side on the mask thing. I’m just saying that the world is ignorant and could use some wisdom from the religious leaders who have spent decades / hundreds / thousands of years examining risk versus “need”.

    “Need” includes the notion of better tasting food! Of course, that’s a low-level need. But before I studied in yeshiva, I thought that to use the word, “need” you had to tie it to a possible death.

    Not true.

    We even have a unit of measurement for “need”.

    If you would wait 72 minutes to get the better tasting food, then that count’s as a “need” that unlocks certain strictures. For instance, one opinion is that if you would wait 72 minutes on your travel to get the better tasting kosher bread – but it was made by a non-Jew in a factory for sale – then that would be the amount needed to permit eating the non-Jewish bread (kosher bread) made in a factory for sale. (The same 72 minute measurement on a trip means on your path. Going out of your way, like going backwards, the time is 18 minutes. If I would go the wrong way for 18 minutes to get the better tasting bread, then that level of “taste” would permit me to eat the non-Jewish bread (immediately – according to a middle opinion).

    When I first heard that taste is actually a “need”, I actually laughed.

    But that laughter was my ignorance colored by a life-time of basing every value on having to involve a possible death.

    I’d pay good money for a cold soda or a ball game, good clothing or a nice car.

    We, in fact, value things that do not involve avoiding death.
    The possibility of death does not freeze our ability to proceed in pursuing our other values.
    There is a risk calculation that secular society is not emotionally capable of making, primarily due to lack of wisdom.

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