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Posted on: March 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] DALLAS COUNTY AMENDS ORDER, LIMITS GATHERINGS AND RESTAURANT SERVICE

Dallas County has amended its March 13 Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. See a copy of the order here.

The amended order:

  • prohibits community gatherings in Dallas County of more than 50 and strongly discourages gatherings of more than 10 people; 
  • urges high risk individuals - those over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions to cancel, reschedule, or not attend any event; 
  • limits restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries to take out, delivery, or drive-through services; and
  • closes bars, lounges, taverns, or arcades and private clubs.

For all other gatherings, Dallas County strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to the order.

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation. Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

The five cases include:

  • One man in his 40’s, one man in his 50’s, one woman in her 50’s, one man in his 60’s, one man in his 70’s
  • All are self-isolating at residences and are not hospitalized
  • Three cases are residents of the city of Dallas, one is a resident of the city of Farmers Branch, and one resides out-of-state
  • 4 cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel
  • 1 case is likely from local community spread

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

Dallas County has now reported 19 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website. The case count at the following link will only include county residents:

https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

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