City of Dallas COVID-19 Update: April 12, 2020

Community News | April 13, 2020

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Below are the latest updates from the City of Dallas on our COVID-19 response:

 

Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas

 

  • 1,723 in Dallas County (79 new) and 31 deaths

  • 806 in Tarrant County and 25 deaths

  • 482 in Denton County and 13 deaths

  • 453 in Collin County and 8 deaths

  • 71 in Ellis County and 2 deaths

  • 26 in Kaufman County

  • 26 in Rockwall County

 

Hospital Reports

 

Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics as reported by 24 hospitals in the City of Dallas: 

 

  • Total beds: 5,354

  • Beds occupied: 2,855 (53%)

  • Total ICU beds: 783

  • ICU beds occupied: 467 (60%)

  • Total ventilators: 863

  • Ventilators in use: 281 (33%)

 

The City is currently working with the University of Texas at Dallas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research to analyze the data that has been collected from hospitals and other COVID-19-related data. More information will be shared once it becomes available.

 

COVID-19 Lab Reports

 

As of 5:00 p.m. the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management has received a report from four labs conducting COVID-19 testing. Below are the numbers for today, Sunday, April 12, 2020:

 

54 COVID-19 tests

10 positive

42 negative

 

Testing numbers from labs to date

 

Dallas County has reported at least two recovered COVID-19 cases, however the exact number of patients who have been released from area hospitals to continue their recovery at home is not available at this time.

 

Total tests to date by Dallas County Health and Human Services

1040

Total tests to date private labs*

6,399

Total negative tests to date*

6,179

Total active cases

1,723

Total deaths

31

*Numbers since March 13, 2020, the date the order I issued requiring public and private labs in Dallas to report their COVID-19 tests went into effect

 

Community-Based Testing Sites

 

The numbers reported from the two community-based testing sites for April 11 are as follows:

 

American Airlines Center

Ellis Davis Field House

Total number of visitors: 155

Total number of visitors: n/a

Total tested: 110

Total tested: n/a

  

City Operations

 

  • Both community-based COVID-19 testing site locations were closed today and will reopen at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, April 13.

  • All Dallas parks are closed and will reopen on Monday at 7 a.m. to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 this holiday weekend. Barrels have been delivered to select locations to be positioned in parking lot entry points by Park and Recreation staff. Staff will reposition the barrels in the entryways of these parks when parking lots are empty.

  • The Office of Homeless Solutions (OHS) continues their operations of a temporary, overnight shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC). Last night the KBHCC housed 326 overnight guests.

  • OHS is also utilizing hotel rooms to house persons in need of quarantine or persons on the “priority housing” list. Last night 101 people received shelter at local hotels.

  • Here are links to the latest FAQ documents regarding essential businesses for the stay-at-home orders: English & Spanish

 

Updates from Dallas County

 

  • This is the confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code map as of April 10

  • The County has created an interactive map of COVID-19 cases per zip code. The map can be viewed here, https://covid-analytics-pccinnovation.hub.arcgis.com/

  • Today Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 79 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 1,723.

  • The 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st deaths from COVID-19 were reported of individuals who had been critically ill in area hospitals, including: a woman in her 60s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Garland, a man in his 90s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Richardson, a man in his 80s was who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the city of Dallas and man in his 60s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. All had been hospitalized and had additional underlying health conditions.

  • Of cases requiring hospitalization, most (69%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition.

  • Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third (30%) of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

  • As of 4/10, 873 of the Dallas County cases live in the City of Dallas. (about 60%)

  • More information about the cases can be found here.

 

Updates from Collin County

 

  • There are 12 new cases of COVID-19 in Collin County today, as of 3:45 p.m.

  • There are 191 current cases of COVID-19 in Collin County (total cases minus recovered and deceased).

  • There have been 453 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County.

  • 254 people have successfully recovered; 25 are hospitalized; 166 remain in home isolation.

  • There have been 8 confirmed deaths associated with COVID-19 in Collin County.

  • There have been 2,041 negative COVID-19 tests in Collin County.

  • There are 657 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County.

  • 33 of the Collin County individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 live in the City of Dallas.

  • More information on the cases can be found here.

 

Updates from Denton County

 

  • Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has announced eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total confirmed cases to 482.

  • 20 of Denton County individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 live in the City of Dallas. 7 of these individuals have recovered according to Denton County health officials. Additional information about the cases can be found here

 

Updates from Federal Partners

 

The Office of Senator John Cornyn has shared information on the federal Payroll Protection Program. Small businesses, self-employed individuals, nonprofit organizations, and other entities are eligible for low-interest loans to help cover payroll costs, healthcare benefits, salaries, rent, utilities, and other costs. Applications are open now. Information on how to apply and more information about the program can be found here

 

The Office of Congressman Allred has put together a Small Business Resource Guide with information on resources for businesses being offered by the federal government. Check out the guide here.

 

Wrongful Eviction Assistance

 

Dallas County established a tenant helpline for tenants who have been evicted despite the order or who are pending eviction. Before reaching out residents are advised of the following:

  • Tenants engaged in criminal activity or causing an imminent threat to health and safety may be subject to eviction prior to the aforementioned date.

  • Tenants maintain responsibility for paying their rent.

  • Tenants are encouraged to contact their landlord and make sure they are aware when eviction moratoriums are in place.

  • When having difficulty paying rent, tenants should attempt to make payments and/or establish a payment schedule with their landlord.

 

Information about the initial order suspending evictions, is available in English and Spanish at: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/tenant-hotline.php

Email: Tenanthotline@dallascounty.org | Call: 214-653-6563 or 833-743-0072

 

Additionally, here are some frequently asked questions for landlords and tenants about the orders halting evictions that are in effect in the City of Dallas: Spanish and English.

 

Food Assistance Needed

 

Dallas County and the North Texas Food Bank have announced they are launching a virtual food bank. This will help to fill in the gaps created by a lack of state and federal funding for food access. Donations instead of food are being encouraged and can be made by visiting www.DallasCountyCovid.org or http://ntfb.org/give. This link has more information on the program.

 

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:

 

  • Rental assistance;

  • Filing for unemployment;

  • Connecting displaced workers to jobs;

  • Food assistance;

  • 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: 

 

Childcare for Essential Workers

 

Frontline Child Care provides information on childcare options for Dallas’ frontline workers. The site was launched by Governor Greg Abbott and various state agencies to make sure those still working through this pandemic have access to childcare. Check out the site here.

 

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 here.

 

United Way Income 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