Below are the latest City of Dallas COVID-19 updates and some information that might be of interest to you:
Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
4,370 in Dallas County (237 are new) & 114 deaths (recovery numbers unknown)
2,624 in Tarrant County (40 are new) & 77 deaths (651 recovered)
806 in Denton County (3 are new) & 22 deaths (392 recovered)
804 in Collin County (15 are new) & 22 deaths (533 recovered)
196 in Ellis County & 6 deaths (129 recovered)
100 in Rockwall County & 3 deaths (recovery numbers unknown)
90 in Kaufman County & 1 death (61 recovered)
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics for today as reported by 25 hospitals in the City of Dallas:
Total beds: 5,710
Beds occupied: 3,346 (59%)
Total ICU beds: 827
ICU beds occupied: 548 (66%)
Total ventilators: 944
Ventilators in use: 317 (34%)
COVID-19 Lab Reports
Below are the COVID-19 testing numbers reported to the City of Dallas today:
521 COVID-19 tests
Testing numbers from labs to date
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.
Community-Based Testing Sites
The numbers reported from the two community-based testing sites and mobile testing units are as follows: American Airlines Center, Ellis Davis Field House, and Mobile Testing Total number of visitors today: 1,022
Total tested today: 1,000
Total number of visitors since the sites opened: 26,320
Total number of tests since the sites opened: 20,926
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.
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. City of Dallas Updates
We are currently looking at COVID-19 mobile testing in Dallas for residents who do not have transportation to go to the drive-through sites. The plan is to start in the highest-impact ZIP codes.
The City released an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Emergency Regulations in place in the City of Dallas in English and Spanish.
Just a reminder that hours of operation on Sundays for the Community-Based Testing Sites (CBTS) will be reduced due to a low number of visitors. The sites will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
Mobile testing for area nursing homes and senior living facilities continues as an extension of the federally supported CBTS effort.
City of Dallas COVID-19 Relief Programs
The City of Dallas Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program and the Small Business Continuity Fund launched today. The applications are open now on the City’s website.
Below are some updates on calls received about the programs and applications submitted today:
Final Rental / Mortgage Assistance:
Total calls answered today as of 5:27 – 606
Total number of applications as of 6:00 p.m. (this information includes applications filled out online and over the phone via call agents)
15, 752 applicants answered English as the primary language
1,110 applicants answered Spanish as primary language
9,282 total applicants answered eligibility questions
2,133 of the above either were not eligible to move forward or based on their answers re-directed to other programs or resources.
7,149 applicants completed the survey and based on their answers, are eligible to move to Step 2
Small Business Continuity Fund:
Total calls answered today as of 5:27 – 225
Website (per Eco Dev team) – total of applications submitted today (including completed applications, incomplete applications, and applications which may not meet eligibility criteria):
Grant applications: 1338
Loan applications: 637
Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program
Please check out these English and Spanish checklist graphics, which explain proof-of-eligibility requirements, documentation requirements, and the pre-screening process for the program.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here.
Below is additional information about the program. Eligible applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program is nearing capacity. Website applications will continue to be accepted throughout the night. The online portal will close at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5. The call center for this program will ONLY be open on Tuesday, May 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. Assistance will provide up to $1,500 for three months per eligible household with additional assistance options available. To qualify for the pre-screening process, applicants must be City of Dallas residents who suffered an economic impact due to COVID-19-related restrictions. For questions, you can email RentalAndMortgageAssistance@DallasCityHall.com or call (469) 749-6500.
Small Business Continuity Fund
Please check out these English and Spanish checklist graphics, which explain proof-of-eligibility requirements, documentation requirements, and the pre-screening process.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here.
Below is more information about the program: Applications will be accepted from May 4 to May 11 at 11:59 p.m. A lottery process will determine which businesses will receive funding. $2.5M is set aside for low-cost loans (up to $50,000) and $2.5M is set aside for grants (up to $10,000). Of the $2.5M in grants, $1.25M is reserved for businesses located in highly-distressed census tracts. Businesses must be located in the City of Dallas. Businesses must be able to prove they were in operation for a minimum of six months prior to March 16, 2020 and demonstrate a 25% drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 restrictions. For questions, you can email SBCF@DallasCityhall.com or call (469) 749-6500 from Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Updates from Dallas County
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 237 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 4,370, with 114 total deaths to date.
Of cases requiring hospitalization who reported employment, about 79% 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, 65% have been under 65 years of age and 50% do not have an underlying condition.
Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Of the 114 total deaths reported to date, about 40% have been associated with long-term care facilities.
Please see the latest summary report for more information (updated on 5/1). 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 new cases (net) of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:30 p.m.
There are 249 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
There have been 804 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
533 people have successfully recovered; 27 are hospitalized; 222 remain in home isolation.
There have been 22 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
There have been 8,253 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
There are 1,268 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.
Updates from Denton County
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 3 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 806 confirmed COVID-19 Cases.
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.
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. 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. Some other community partners will be announcing new testing sites soon. More information, once we are able to announce, will be provided next week.
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:
Filing for unemployment;
Connecting displaced workers to jobs;
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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