Keeping Dallas up to date on how the Covid-19 coronavirus is progressing, ordinances in place, and what you need to do to protect yourself.
March 22- Dallas county Judge Clay Jenkins issued a shelter in place order to its residents. This takes effect 11:59PM on March 23.
“We have seen deaths in Dallas County and we announced one this Sunday morning — another person has died in a few hours. We must act swiftly,” Jenkins said.
The order states people may leave their residences only for essential activities — including to get supplies for themselves and their families or perform tasks essential to their health and safety and that of others — or to operate essential businesses, such as healthcare, critical infrastructure and retail, including grocery stores.
If you are not an essential business, going to buy groceries, or seeking medical attention, stay home.
This does still allow people to do outdoor activities, as long as people maintain social distancing requirements of 6ft or greater separation. Feel free to go on walks, bike rids, running, or take the dogs for a walk.
Exercise is key in keeping your immune systems strong. Use this new found spare time to get 20 minutes of exercise every day, as well as cooking healthy meals at home. Try some new recipes that you have on pinterest, or get creative! Now is the time for you and your whole family to eat right and exercise, it could be a matter of life and death.
March 19- After initially allowing individual cities and counties to set their own restrictions, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has put in a statewide restriction on public gatherings and restaurants. Previously, individual counties and cities were able to make their own ordinances. These statewide restrictions are not any different than what was already in place in Dallas County already, but now the neighboring cities and counties will also have these tighter restrictions.
Under the Governor’s order:
- Bars and Restaurants are take-out or delivery only
- No social gatherings of groups larger than ten will be allowed.
- All gyms and massage studios will have to close
- All schools must close
- Visitors will not be accepted at nursing homes, retirement centers, and long-term care facilities unless they are actively providing critical care.
The Governor’s order came after Texas State Department of Health Services issued the state’s first public health disaster declaration since 1901.
March 18- 8:30 AM – Dallas County- 9 new cases yesterday, up to 29 positive cases.
- Three of the new cases are in their 20’s and 30’s with no underlying medical conditions, and are now in critical care at local hospitals.
- Two others are also hospitalized
- Four others are self-isolating at home, including 1 middle school student that had not traveled
- Only one case related to travel
- Restrict community gatherings to no more than 50 people
- A prohibition on dine-in services for restaurants
- The closure of bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, gyms, health studios, theaters and commercial amusement facilities
- All city programs are suspended
- All athletic fields are closed
- All public golf courses and tennis courts are closed
The biggest update from today is that a few of those in critical condition at local hospitals are younger, and without any previous underlying conditions. Previously, it was thought that only the elderly or those with prior health concerns were at risk. This shows that anyone can be at risk.
The FDA has began clinical trials working on a vaccine for Covid-19, as well as testing already approved medications for their potential to fight this disease.