Below are the latest updates from the City of Dallas on our COVID-19 response and some information that might be of interest to you:
Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
5,619 in Dallas County (250 are new) & 143 deaths (recovery numbers unknown)
3,210 in Tarrant County (83 are new) & 101 deaths (779 recovered)
914 in Denton County (12 are new) & 436 deaths (428 recovered)
901 in Collin County (14 are new) & 27 deaths (587 recovered)
215 in Ellis County & 10 deaths (151 recovered)
112 in Rockwall County & 4 deaths (56 recovered)
109 in Kaufman County & 1 death (84 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: 3,546 (62%)
Total ICU beds: 827
ICU beds occupied: 565 (68%)
Total ventilators: 947
Ventilators in use: 341 (36%)
Below is a chart to show how the hospital bed and ventilator capacity statistics have changed since they were first required to be reported to the City of Dallas.
COVID-19 Lab Reports
Below are the COVID-19 testing numbers reported by public, private, and commercial labs to the City of Dallas today:
642 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.
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: 556
Total tested today: 553
Total number of visitors since the sites opened: 30,952
Total number of tests since the sites opened: 25,391
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. 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
The Dallas Morning News today featured a column that I wrote about how partisanship is an empty comfort during this pandemic. You can read the full op-ed by clicking on the image below. Yesterday, the City of Dallas announced that it would furlough approximately 500 employees from May 13 to July 31, 2020. This furlough does not impact essential workers or the City’s ability to deliver core services to Dallas residents. You can read Mayor Johnson’s official statement here.
In observance of Mother’s Day, both Dallas Community Based Testing Sites, located at American Airlines Center and Ellis Davis Field House, will be closed this Sunday, May 10, 2020. Testing will resume on Monday, May 11, 2020. The sites operate 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
Just a reminder to participate in #ThankYouThursday every Thursday to show appreciation for frontline workers.
Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program
The City of Dallas Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program applications portal is closed.
We had 9,966 applicants who, based on their answers, are eligible for the next phase of the process.
The City of Dallas has 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 are still being accepted and 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 250 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 5,619, with 143 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, 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 143 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 5/8). 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.
Below is a breakdown of key details about the Dallas County cases:
Updates from Collin County
There are 14 net new cases of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:30 p.m.
There are 287 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).
There have been 901 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.
587 people have successfully recovered; 21 are hospitalized; 266 remain in home isolation.
There have been 27 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.
There have been 10,312 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.
There are 1,472 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.
Updates from Denton County
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 914 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH is also announcing 8 newly recovered COVID-19 cases within the county.
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
Barber shops and salons were able to reopen yesterday in Texas under the governor’s executive orders. Other businesses are able to reopen on May 18. Read the executive orders here.
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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