FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2020
Dallas County Issues Disaster Declaration, Public Health Order
DALLAS, Texas --- Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional
presumptive positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County residents. Testresults are considered presumptive positive until they are confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC). These five cases are not related to the previous three presumptive positive casesannounced.
Dallas County has filed a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency and has issued a community gatherings order effective 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. The order prohibits community gatherings of more than 500 and strongly discourages gatherings of more than 250 and gatherings of high-risk individuals of more than 10 people. See a copy of the order here.
“I have filed a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency and am issuing a community gatherings order effective 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2020. It is imperative that the public do their part and follow this community gatherings order. I know our Dallas County residents always rise to the challenge and that this community will work together to curb the spread of COVID-19,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
“While we are disheartened by likely community spread, this was expected given what we have seen in other communities around the country and the world. I urge all residents to continue assessing their personal risk, and individual mitigation activities they can do reduce their own risk. Personal actions around basic hygiene and social distancing are some of our best public health tools,” added Dallas County Health and Human Services Director, Dr. Philip Huang.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.
Additional information is available at the following websites:
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
- DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php
The new cases announced on March 12:
- A woman in her 70’s, one man in his 40’s, one man in his 50s, one man in his 60s, and one woman her 60’s.
- 2 persons are hospitalized and 3 are self-isolating at home.
- 4 cases are residents of the city of Dallas and 1 is a resident of Balch Springs
- 2 cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel and 1 is related to international travel
- 1 case is under investigation as likely transmission from a close contact
- 1 case is under investigation as likely representative of community transmission
Dallas County will not release further information about the patients to protect their privacy.