Below are the latest City of Dallas COVID-19 updates and some information that might be of interest to you, including details about the announcement Governor Abbott made today regarding his plans to allow more businesses to open beginning Friday:
Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
4,623 in Dallas County (253 are new) & 121 deaths (recovery numbers unknown)
2,686 in Tarrant County (62 are new) & 83 deaths (653 recovered)
832 in Denton County (26 are new) & 22 deaths (396 recovered)
828 in Collin County (24 are new) & 22 deaths (549 recovered)
205 in Ellis County & 9 deaths (139 recovered)
102 in Rockwall County & 3 deaths (recovery numbers unknown)
96 in Kaufman County & 1 death (70 recovered)
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics for today as reported by 25 hospitals in the City of Dallas:
Total beds: 5,712
Beds occupied: 3,340 (58%)
Total ICU beds: 827
ICU beds occupied: 509 (62%)
Total ventilators: 942
Ventilators in use: 329 (35%)
COVID-19 Lab Reports
Below are the COVID-19 testing numbers reported to the City of Dallas today:
535 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: 1,029
Total tested today: 1,001
Total number of visitors since the sites opened: 27,349
Total number of tests since the sites opened: 21,927
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.
Op-Ed Regarding Data
The City of Dallas has been working with Dr. Timothy Bray, the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, on analyzing data the City and Dallas County have been collecting. He recently published an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News about the importance of collecting this data. Read his op-ed by clicking on the image below. 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. City of Dallas/Mayor’s Office Updates
Just a reminder to participate in Thank You Thursday the day after tomorrow. Learn more about the importance of #ThankYouThursday here and sign up to participate by clicking on the image below.
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.
Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program
The City of Dallas Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program applications portal is now closed.
We had 9,966 applicants who, based on their answers, are eligible for the next phase of the process.
Yesterday, the City of Dallas released a request for applications for nonprofits interested in assisting with the distribution of funds to residents. Nonprofits interested in participating are being asked to register as a vendor in the Bonfire portal. The reference number is BJ20-00013555.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here.
For questions, you can email RentalAndMortgageAssistance@DallasCityHall.com. 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 continue to be accepted until 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 253 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 4,623, with 121 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 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 121 total deaths reported to date, about 36% have been associated with long-term care facilities.
Please see the latest summary report for more information (updated on 5/5). 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 24 new cases (net) of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:30 p.m.
There are 257 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
There have been 828 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
549 people have successfully recovered; 24 are hospitalized; 235 remain in home isolation.
There have been 22 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
There have been 8,505 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
There are 1,305 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.
Updates from Denton County
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 26 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 832 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH is also announcing 4 newly recovered COVID-19 cases within the county.
The cumulative, 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.
DCPH is also providing an additional free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Friday, May 8, 2020. Community members must call to pre-register for free testing at 940-349-2585. The testing center will be held in the Dillard’s Parking lot at Music City Mall at 2401 S. Stemmons Fwy. in Lewisville from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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
In a press conference earlier today, Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to reopen barbers and salons on Friday, May 8, and plans to reopen gyms and other exercise facilities on May 18. Learn more about his new set of executive orders here. 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 will be provided this week.
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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Office of Mayor Eric Johnson
1500 Marilla Street, 5EN
Dallas, Texas 75201