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Denton County Reports First Coronavirus Death in Carrollton & Dallas County Extends Disaster Declaration through May 20

Post Date:04/03/2020 1:00 PM

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) confirmed Thursday, April 2 that a Carrollton resident in his 70s who contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died. The resident was previously reported hospitalized and was a locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Denton County.

To respect the resident’s family, no additional personal information about the resident will be released by Denton County.

DCPH also announced two new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Carrollton on Thursday, April 2 and one additional case on Friday, April 3. This brings Denton County's Carrollton total to 22. Sixteen Carrollton residents who live in Dallas County have also been confirmed to have the virus for a total of 38 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the City of Carrollton.

More than 99 percent of Carrollton residents are occupants of Dallas or Denton County, where Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders are in place requiring all individuals in those Counties to stay at home except for certain essential activities and essential business.

The Dallas County Commissioners Court voted on Friday, April 3 to extend its Disaster Declaration through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 and the Public Health Order that was previously set to expire tonight through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Denton County’s order is currently in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

In an amended order issued on Thursday, April 2, Dallas County added safety rules for manufacturers and distributors, capped late fees for rent at $15 per month, required employees of essential businesses to telecommute when possible, prohibited employers from requiring a negative COVID-19 test or a physician’s note before a recovered employee can return to work, and clarified that limits on purchases of toilet paper and other essential items do not apply to essential businesses or government offices.

Less than 1 percent of Carrollton residents live in Collin County, which rescinded its public health order that was issued last week and is enforcing Governor Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order without issuing its own stricter order. Abbott’s order requires every person in Texas to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, among other requirements.

For more information and a variety of information resources from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, Collin County Health Care Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC, visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

Denton County Extends Stay at Home Order & Dallas County Issues Amended Shelter in Place Order

UPDATE 4/1/20 10 a.m.:The Denton County Commissioners Court extended its public health order Tuesday, March 31 requiring all individuals in Denton County to stay at home except for certain essential activities and essential business through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. 

The order matches similar restrictions and requirements put in place by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins that are currently in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This means the majority of Carrollton residents remain under a Shelter in Place/Stay at Home order. The Court will review the order again during its next regular meeting on April 7.

Dallas County also issued an amended public health order on Tuesday, March 31 with specific instructions for laboratories operating within Dallas County, added safety rules for essential retailers, and language clarifying that COVID-19 may cause property loss or damage to help trigger business interruption insurance. The order requires all employees involved in essential retail activity to take their temperature before arriving to work, to remain at home if their temperature is above 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and to keep a 6 foot distance between people at all times unless the work performed requires multiple individuals for the safety of the workers, as well as requiring essential retailers to restrict the number of customers who are physically present so that six foot spacing can be maintained, among other requirements.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins also issued an executive order in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3 allowing Dallas County departments in possession of unused or unneeded medical equipment and supplies to provide them to nursing homes, long-term care facilities, organizations serving homeless individuals, and hospitals in Dallas County. 

More than 99 percent of Carrollton residents are occupants of either Dallas or Denton County, with less than 1 percent of residents in Collin County. As such, the Carrollton community is asked to comply with the orders from the Counties and the State.

Collin County rescinded the public health order issued on Tuesday, March 24 ordering Collin County residents to stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak, but allowing all businesses to stay open as long as they comply with orders not to gather in groups of 10 or more and is now enforcing Governor Greg Abbott's most recent executive order (see more information below) without issuing its own stricter order. 

For more information and a variety of information resources from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, Collin County Health Care Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC, visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

Gov. Abbott Issues New Executive Order Superseding Original Social Distancing Order

UPDATE 4/1/20 10 a.m.: Governor Greg Abbott issued a new executive order that supersedes his original social distancing order (GA-08). The new order extends through April 30, 2020. Also, he has closed all Texas schools through May 4, 2020, and that date may be extended. 

  • Every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gathering and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
  • Essential services are those defined by TDEM according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • All Texans should follow the President’s and CDC’s hygiene guidelines.
  • All Texans should avoid eating out, but take advantage of carry out and drive-thru restaurants.
  • It does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID- 19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
  • Texans should stay away from nursing homes and similar facilities.
  • Schools shall remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance and shall not recommence before May 4, 2020.

To read the full order, click here.

City Encourages Physical Distancing on Trails and at Parks

UPDATE 3/31/20 8 p.m.: Help the City of Carrollton keep its parks and trails open by practicing proper physical distancing. The City’s hike and bike trails will have to be closed if they are not used properly. When on the trails, stay 6 feet or more apart (that's the height of a door turned sideways, or the length of a couch). Step off the trail when passing others if you need to make room. Directly passing others mean you are breathing in what they are exhaling.

When you breathe, cough, or sneeze, those droplets can spread out farther than you think (6-8 feet or more). Whether you’re out for a run or just making a run to the grocery store, practice proper physical distancing. Even if you do not think you are sick, stay the proper distance from others so that everyone can stay safe. As a reminder, you can only be within 6 feet of those living in your household.

For more information on physical distancing and a variety of informational resources from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC, visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus

 

Dallas County Issues Order for Long-Term Care Facilities; Clarifies Parameters for Construction Industry

UPDATE 3/30/20 2 p.m.: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a public health order on Sunday with specific instructions for all Long-Term Care Facilities in dealing with residents who have received a COVID-19 diagnosis. The orders direct LTCF to immediately notify all staff; all residents who are mentally competent; family members/responsible parties of all residents of the facility; and provide a notification statement for public access as well as proof of completion of notification to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Additionally, the order calls for in-facility measures to be taken including all health care personnel must wear masks and have their temperature checked prior to each shift; the facility must be closed to new admissions and outpatient rehabilitation services; and any and all staff shall not work at any other LTCFs other than the impacted facility.

Residents must test negative for COVID-19 before being transferred to home care.

New cases must be reported immediately to DCHHS.

Also on Sunday, Jenkins issued an amendment to the current Shelter-in-Place order clarifying the parameters around essential construction and infrastructure. There is a Rules for the Construction Industry document that provides specific guidance for Dallas County residents who work in businesses associated with building and construction industries. For more local business resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

Denton County Issues Stay at Home Order; Majority of Carrollton Residents Are Now Under Shelter in Place Order

UPDATE 3/24/20 2 p.m.: Denton County Judge Andy Eads announced today that a public health order requiring all individuals in Denton County to stay at home except for certain essential activities and essential business would go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The order will continue for seven days unless extended by the Commissioners Court and will match similar restrictions and requirements Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins set forth on Sunday. This means the majority of Carrollton residents are now under a Shelter in Place/Stay at Home order.

More than 99 percent of Carrollton residents are occupants of either Dallas or Denton County, with less than 1 percent of residents in Collin County. As such, the Carrollton community is asked to comply with the orders from the Counties.

Individuals living in Carrollton who are residents of Dallas and Denton Counties are required to shelter at their place of residence, however, they may leave their residences for the following Essential Activities:

  • Health & Safety – Obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.
  • Services & Supplies – Obtain food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. This includes delivery of services and supplies to others.
  • Outdoor activity – Walking, biking, hiking, or running provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
  • Perform Work Functions – Providing essential products and services at an Essential Business 

All businesses operating within Dallas and Denton Counties, except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the Counties. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home), but they must comply with social distancing for both employees and the general public.

The respective orders define the following as Essential Businesses:

  • Health Care Services
  • Government Functions
  • Infrastructure
  • Retail
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
  • Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses
  • News Media
  • Childcare Services 

All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited under the order.

Religious and worship services may only be provided via video and teleconference.

Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.

All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Texas.

Texas Commissioned Peace Officers are authorized to enforce this order, a violation of which is punishable by a fine or jail time.

Carrollton also occupies space in Collin County, however at a press conference Tuesday, Judge Chris Hill instituted a less strict parameter with regard to businesses in its public health order. While Collin County residents are ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak, effective immediately, businesses are allowed to stay open as long as they comply with Governor Abbott’s executive orders to not gather in groups of 10 or more. This order will also last for seven days unless it’s renewed by the County’s Commissioners Court. To confirm which county a person might reside in, click here for the City’s searchable, interactive map that includes county lines, as well as school districts within Carrollton's city limits.

As of Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., there are 715 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, including 169 cases in Dallas County, 51 cases in Denton County, and 45 cases in Collin County. There are 10 confirmed cases within the City of Carrollton, four in Dallas County and six in Denton County.

Currently throughout Carrollton, there is a public health order in place, but the Counties’ orders will supersede it as both Dallas and Denton County have enacted stricter limitations. The recent public health orders from all jurisdictions are issued in an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm local medical facilities, protect high-risk populations, and maintain a strong workforce and local economy.

As an added measure to prevent the spread of the virus, the City of Carrollton announced effective Thursday, March 19, all public access to City facilities including City Hall will be restricted while virtual services remain in place. These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

The City of Carrollton occupies space in Dallas, Denton, and Collin Counties. Each county is subject to its own health orders, recommendations, and restrictions in addition to state and national mandates, guidelines, and recommendations.

There are a number of informational resources available from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

 

City of Carrollton Closes Outdoor Recreational Facilities and Library Book Drops; Public Information Request Responses to be Delayed

UPDATE 3/23/20 8 p.m.: As cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread across North Texas, the City of Carrollton is taking additional steps to slow the spread of the disease. Effective Tuesday, March 24, all City playgrounds, dog parks, basketball courts, and tennis courts will be closed to the public.

Trails and open park spaces will remain available for use, but people must practice social distancing and remain at least six feet apart. 

Additionally, effective Tuesday, March 24, outdoor book drops at both Hebron & Josey Library and Josey Ranch Lake Library will be closed. Due dates have been extended to Friday, May 1. Patrons may place holds on books and other Library materials at cityofcarrollton.com/library, but pick-up services for holds are currently unavailable. The Library’s 24/7 digital branch provides an extensive variety of online resources and services, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines available to citizens on any device with an internet connection. The Library will also be offering virtual story times at facebook.com/carrolltonpubliclibrary on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Public access to all City facilities, including Hebron & Josey Library, Josey Ranch Lake Library, Crosby and Rosemeade Recreation Centers, the Carrollton Senior Center, Oak Creek Tennis Center, A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, Indian Creek Golf Club, City Hall, Municipal Court, and the Animal Services & Adoption Center was previously restricted as the City focuses on virtual services in an effort to keep citizens and the City’s more than 850 employees safe. These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

Due to City facility closures and in light of Governor Greg Abbott’s recent disaster declaration and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ amended public health order requiring individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place, most of the City’s administrative departments are operating remotely or staffed by those involved directly in the public health response. 

As a result, the City is unable to access its records to respond to public information requests at this time. During the period that the notice at this link is posted, the City of Carrollton is not considered open for business for purposes of the time deadlines under the Texas Public Information Act. New requests will be received on the City’s next open business day, and existing requests will be paused and set back to processing on the City’s next open business day. 

Many City services, including water bill and court fine payments, code and environmental quality complaints, community development grants and incentives, environmental services permits, and permit applications and development submittals, are still available online as well as via email and phone. The City is committed to providing continuity of government services and is prepared to virtually meet resident needs.

Emergency services are uninterrupted. The Carrollton Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments are fully staffed and have protocols in place to protect first responders so they can continue to serve the City of Carrollton.

For the latest on the City’s response to COVID-19 and a number of informational resources available from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus

For more details on online City services, visit cityofcarrollton.com/how-do-i/pay. For all other inquiries, call 972-466-3000.

 

Denton County Issues New Mandates for Residents

UPDATE 3/22/20 9:25 p.m.: Denton County Judge Andy Eads has issued a new executive order for a disaster declaration for public health emergency to preserve public health and safety.

Citing the increase in COVID-19 cases for the County, now up to 30 as of Sunday evening as well as a shortage of medical supplies, Eads said “temporarily reducing our activities reduces our cases and reduces our shortages.”

The new executive order is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 through Monday, March 30 unless rescinded or amended. The order:

  • restricts all community gatherings across Denton County to 10 people or fewer;
  • orders that the public or patrons cannot occupy bars, lounges, taverns, commercial amusement establishments, bingo halls, theaters, gyms, private clubs, hair and nail salons, barber shops, estheticians and related personal care businesses, spas, massage parlors, tattoo and piercing parlors, tanning salons, residential meeting spaces, event centers, hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, outdoor plazas and markets, malls and retail stores that do not sell essential household goods;
  • allows the following entities to continue doing business as long as they enforce social separation: grocery stores, stores selling essential household goods, convenience and package stores, pharmacies and drug stores, daycare facilities, medical facilities, non-profit service providers, homeless and emergency shelters, office buildings, essential government buildings, airports and transit facilities, transportation systems, residential buildings and hotels, and manufacturing and distribution facilities (In all such locations, there must always be sufficient space for all people to be six feet apart to control infection. Where possible, a tracking list of individuals present, and their contact information shall be maintained);
  • allows restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services as well as microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries to only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as permitted by law;
  • restricts worship services for in-person services, provided that staff can work on site to produce audio/video services for transmission to the public; and
  • requires that if someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the remaining household members are ordered to isolate at home for a period of 14 days. Members of the household cannot go to work, school or any other community function.

As of Sunday evening, there are 334 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, including 131 cases in Dallas County, 30 cases in Denton County, and 31 cases in Collin County. There are two confirmed cases within the City of Carrollton, one in Dallas County and one in Denton County.

The City of Carrollton occupies space in Dallas, Denton, and Collin Counties. Each county is subject to its own health orders, recommendations, and restrictions in addition to state and national mandates, guidelines, and recommendations. To confirm which county a person might reside in, click here for the City’s searchable, interactive map that includes county lines, as well as school districts within Carrollton's city limits.

Earlier on Sunday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a public health order to require all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3.

Currently throughout Carrollton, there is a public health order that prohibits community gatherings of more than 50 people and social gatherings of more than 10 people through Friday, April 3. Additionally, the City of Carrollton announced effective 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, all public access to City facilities including City Hall will be restricted while virtual services remain in place. These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

The recent public health orders from Denton County, Dallas County, and the City of Carrollton are issued in an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm local medical facilities, protect high-risk populations, and maintain a strong workforce and local economy.

There are a number of informational resources available from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

 

Dallas County Issues Order to Shelter in Place

UPDATE 3/22/20 5:45 p.m.: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has amended the public health order to require all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and essential business and government services in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence, however, they may leave their residences for the following Essential Activities:

  • Health & Safety – Obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.
  • Services & Supplies – Obtain food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. This includes delivery of services and supplies to others.
  • Outdoor activity – Walking, biking, hiking, or running provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
  • Perform work functions – Providing essential products and services at an Essential Business 

All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home), but they must comply with social distancing for both employees and the general public. 

The order defines the following as Essential Businesses:

  • Health Care Services
  • Government Functions
  • Infrastructure
  • Retail
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
  • Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses
  • News Media
  • Childcare Services 

All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited under the order.

Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law. All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County.

Additionally, due to the public health emergency, the Office of the Dallas County Judge has advised the Dallas County Justices of the Peace to suspend eviction hearings and writs of possession for at least the next 60 days to prevent renters from being displaced.

For a full breakdown of the restrictions under the amended public health order and which businesses and activities are considered essential, click here.  Stay Home Stay Safe FAQs. 

As of Sunday at noon, there are 334 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, including 131 cases in Dallas County, 24 cases in Denton County, and 31 cases in Collin County. There are two confirmed cases within the City of Carrollton, one in Dallas County and one in Denton County.

Currently throughout Carrollton, there is a public health order that prohibits community gatherings of more than 50 people and social gatherings of more than 10 people through Friday, April 3. Additionally, the City of Carrollton announced effective 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, all public access to City facilities including City Hall will be restricted while virtual services remain in place. These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

The recent public health orders from both Dallas County and the City of Carrollton are issued in an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm local medical facilities, protect high-risk populations, and maintain a strong workforce and local economy.

The City of Carrollton occupies space in Dallas, Denton, and Collin Counties. Each county is subject to its own health orders, recommendations, and restrictions in addition to state and national mandates, guidelines, and recommendations. To confirm which county a person might reside in, click here for the City’s searchable, interactive map that includes county lines, as well as school districts within Carrollton's city limits. (Note: Map works in all browsers except for Firefox.)

There are a number of informational resources available from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

 

 Second Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Carrollton

UPDATE 3/22/20 1:55 p.m.: Denton County Public Health reported Saturday a Carrollton resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total for the City to two cases, one in Denton County and one in Dallas County.

The City of Carrollton continues to coordinate with the local health officials from Dallas, Denton, and Collin Counties to identify anyone who has come into contact with the patients for notification, testing, and treatment.

As of Sunday at noon, there are 334 reported cases in Texas (five deaths), including 131 cases in Dallas County, 24 cases in Denton County, and 31 cases in Collin County.

Currently throughout Carrollton, there is a public health order that prohibits community gatherings of more than 50 people and social gatherings of more than 10 people through Friday, April 3. This order is an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm local medical facilities, protect high-risk populations, and maintain a strong workforce and local economy. Additionally, the City of Carrollton announced effective 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, all public access to City facilities including City Hall will be restricted while virtual services remain in place. These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

For those in Dallas County, Judge Clay Jenkins has issued an amended public health order with new restrictions effective until Friday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. In addition to the restrictions already in place, the following is a summary of the amended order:

The following businesses are required to close immediately:

  • Nails salons;
  • Hair salons;
  • Barber salons;
  • Beauty salons;
  • Hair removal services;
  • Spas
  • Tattoo and piercing parlors; and
  • All other non-medical, personal care services that cannot be provided while maintaining appropriate social distance

The amended order also prohibits all elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.

It places a limit on the sale of toilet paper. All sales of toilet paper occurring in Dallas County are limited to the greater of: (a) 12 rolls per purchase or (b) one package per purchase.

The order also requires individuals using shared outdoor spaces, such as public parks or trails, to maintain at least six feet of space from any other person at all times.

Dallas County Reports First Coronavirus Case in Carrollton

UDATE: 3/20/20: Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed Friday a Carrollton resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient is a resident of Dallas County and is being monitored by health officials.

The City of Carrollton continues to coordinate with DCHHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials to identify anyone who has come into contact with the individual for notification, testing, and treatment. As of Friday at noon, there are 194 reported cases of COVID-19 in Texas, including 74 cases in Dallas County, nine cases in Denton County, and 18 cases in Collin County.

Currently in Carrollton, there is a public health order that prohibits community gatherings of more than 50 people or social gatherings of more than 10 people through Friday, April 3. Additionally, the City of Carrollton announced effective 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, all public access to City facilities including City Hall will be restricted while virtual services remain in place. These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

The public health order issued alongside the disaster declaration signed into order by Mayor Kevin Falconer on March 13 was instituted in an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm local medical facilities, protect high-risk populations, and maintain a strong workforce and local economy. 

This is only possible with cooperation from the public. If a resident is younger, generally healthy, and does receive a positive result for COVID-19, he/she is urged to call ahead to a primary care provider as well as follow the CDC’s guidance to convalesce at home. This will help avoid overtaxing local healthcare centers. The most vulnerable population being affected during the COVID-19 global pandemic is individuals aged 65 and older.

Local health authorities have advised patients who are considered safe to go in public only if:
1. It has been three days since you had a fever (without fever reducing medicine),
2. It has been three days since respiratory system improved, and 
3. At least seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms.

In a community effort to slow the spread and flatten the curve of the healthcare system’s capacity to treat sick individuals, residents should continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene habits:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick. If you experience difficulty breathing, or persistent fever, call your primary care provider.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve.

• Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.

There are a number of informational resources available from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

 

City Council Extends Disaster Declaration

UPDATE 3/20/20: In response to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and as a continuing effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Carrollton City Council voted to extend the existing declaration of local disaster for public health emergency through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12.

The extension of the disaster declaration allows Mayor Kevin Falconer to amend the public health order currently restricting the number of people at community gatherings to no more than 50 and social gatherings to no more than 10 through a new date of Friday, April 3.

The order also includes a restriction on restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries (with or without drive-in or drive-through services). Those establishments must close their dining rooms/public facilities but are still allowed and highly encouraged to offer takeout, drive-thru, and delivery services. Additionally, bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, and gyms must remain closed.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also issued a series of statewide executive orders on Wednesday with similar restrictions on local eateries through Friday, April 3. The executive orders from the Office of the Governor and a declaration of Public Health Disaster from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) combine to assist local partners in the ongoing efforts to respond to, track the progress of, and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Texas.

Carrollton’s disaster declaration and public health order were instituted in an effort to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm local medical facilities, protect high-risk populations, and maintain a strong workforce and local economy.

As a further step in protecting the community, the City of Carrollton announced effective 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, all public access to City facilities including City Hall will be restricted while virtual services remain in place. These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

There are a number of informational resources available from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.

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Public Access to City Facilities Changes in Response to Public Health Emergency; Services Available Virtually

UPDATE 3/19/20: As of 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, the City of Carrollton will be closing public access to all facilities and focusing on virtual services for residents. The City of Carrollton is committed to providing continuity of government services for Carrollton residents while helping ensure our citizens and our more than 850 employees stay safe. Using guidance and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City has cancelled large group gatherings, increased cleaning measures in all City facilities, and enabled work from home for City staff when possible. The City of Carrollton is prepared to virtually meet resident needs.

Emergency services will be uninterrupted. The Carrollton Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments are fully staffed and have protocols in place to protect first responders so they can continue to serve the City of Carrollton. 

The following closures and changes will go into effect: 

City Hall:

• Water Bills: -Residents can pay utility bills using the automated payment kiosk located on the east side of the City Hall parking lot (1945 E. Jackson Road). The kiosk is live 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers are able to look up their water utility account and make payment by cash, check, or credit card (a 2% convenience fee will apply to credit cards). The customer will then receive a receipt showing payment was made. -Residents can pay utility bills online by visiting cityofcarrollton.com/paywaterbill, by setting up “bank online” payments via their bank, by setting up auto-pay bank drafting, by mailing their payment to City of Carrollton, P.O. Box 115120, Carrollton, Texas 75006, or by paying via an authorized City payment location (list of Fidelity Express authorized payment partners can be found at https://www.fidelityexpress.co/find-a-location; a $1.50 fee is charged for each transaction.)

• Code and Environmental Quality Complaints:
-Submit any code enforcement or environmental concerns, complaints, or questions to envservices@cityofcarrollton.com, or by phone to 972-466-5727.

• Community Development Grants and Incentives:
-Submit grant or incentive applications and documents to communitydevelopment@cityofcarrollton.com or call 972-466-5727 for questions. 

• Environmental Services Permits:
-Call 972-466-5727 or email envservices@cityofcarrollton.com for questions or permit scheduling for food establishments, pools and spas, liquid waste haulers, industrial pretreatment, or other permits not listed.  
-The City is currently unable to process single-family rental registrations at this time and is working to restore this service. Property owners and managers will be notified when registrations can be accepted.

• Permit Applications and Development Submittals: 
-Operations will continue, but contact with the public will be limited to phone, email, and curbside pickup. Call 972-466-3225 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/buildinginspection.  

• Economic Development 
-Staff is available by phone at 972-466-3299 or by email at ecodev@cityofcarrollton.com to assist local businesses and offer guidance. For more information, visit carrolltontxdevelopment.com

Municipal Court:

• The cancellation of all jury trials that began on Friday, March 13 remains in effect. • In-person court appearances are now also being postponed. • Public service windows to pay court fines will now be closed to the public. Defendants are encouraged to use the online payment service by visiting cityofcarrollton.com/courts or utilizing the automated kiosk outside the Municipal Court building (2001 E. Jackson Road).  • If you have a court setting in either March or April, call 972-466-3348 to see whether your case has been reset to a later date. Court dates may be rescheduled by calling 972-466-3348. Warrants will not be issued for missing court dates during this timeframe.  • In the event an emergency hearing or an essential proceeding is required, arrangements will be made to conduct hearings by teleconference, video conference, or other means.

Recreation Facilities:

• Crosby and Rosemeade Recreation Centers, as well as the Senior Center will remain closed. • Oak Creek Tennis Center, A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, and Indian Creek Municipal Golf Club will be closed.

Carrollton Public Library:

• Hebron & Josey Library and Josey Ranch Library will remain closed. Hold pick-ups will be available via drive-through windows Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holds and other inquiries can be made by phone during the same timeframe or anytime online. Digital resources are available, along with FAQs, at cityofcarrollton.com/library

Animal Services & Adoption Center:

• Temporarily, owner-surrendered pets will not be accepted (hardship cases will be considered).
• Animal Control Officers will have limited response to certain types of complaints.
• Owner pick-up of animals will happen by appointment only.
• Animal adoptions will be by appointment only. Residents wanting to adopt should visit cityofcarrollton.com/animaladoptions first, and then call 972-466-3420 to make an appointment to come pick up that specific animal.
• The Trap Loan program will be temporarily suspended.  

All City events and programs were previously cancelled through March. The City asks residents to continue to use CDC-recommended guidelines for social distancing in public places such as trails, parks, and open spaces. 

These facilities were originally and tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, April 6 but will remain closed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing impacts of COVID-19, the City will continue to reassess the situation to determine when it is safe to again allow public access to City facilities in accordance with County and State orders. Follow cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus for updates.  

Trash and recycling services through Republic Services will remain unchanged during this move to virtual City services. Residents will continue to receive trash and recycling pick-up on regularly scheduled collection days. 

There are a number of informational resources available through Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at the links below. The City of Carrollton resides in three counties: Dallas County, Denton County, and a small portion of Collin County. Each county is subject to its own health orders, recommendations, and restrictions in addition to state and national mandates, guidelines, and recommendations. To find out what county you live in, visit the City’s searchable, interactive map that includes county lines, as well as school districts within Carrollton's city limits. (Note: Map works in all browsers except for Firefox.) To determine which county you live in within Carrollton, visit the Carrollton School District and County Map

Dallas County Health and Human Services: 
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Denton County Public Health: 
https://dentoncounty.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Denton-County-Public-Health/Epidemiology-Notifiable-Conditions/Novel-Coronavirus

Denton County Public Health is now operating a call center for Denton County community members needing more information about COVID-19. You can reach the team at 940-349-2585 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for information or to get questions answered. The call center team will not be able to provide diagnosis or individual clinical advice. If you are ill, contact your healthcare provider

Texas Health and Human Services: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
The State of Texas has instituted a COVID-19 hotline. Dial 211 from anywhere in Texas for information on food, health, housing, and more.   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus or follow the City’s social media channels for additional announcements. For more details on online City services, visit https://www.cityofcarrollton.com/how-do-i/pay. For all other inquiries, call 972-466-3000.



Carrollton Amends Public Health Order in Response to Coronavirus

UPDATE 3/18/20: The City of Carrollton has amended the public health order originally issued on Friday, March 13 prohibiting community gatherings of more than 50 people and social gatherings of more than 10 people. This amendment goes into effect 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 and comes in response to the expanding recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This amendment also includes a restriction on restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries (with or without drive-in or drive through services). Those establishments may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law. Additionally, bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, and gyms shall close.

The City previously issued a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency and an order to prohibit gatherings of more than 500 people effective noon Friday, March 13 through 11:59 a.m. Friday, March 20.

For continuing updates, follow at cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.


Carrollton and Other Dallas County Cities Declare State of Public Health Emergency Over Spreading Coronavirus Cases

 

UPDATE 3/13/20: The City of Carrollton has issued a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency and an order to prohibit gatherings of more than 500 people effective noon Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 20.

The declaration and the order come in response to news that as of Thursday, March 12, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the community spread of COVID-19 or Coronavirus within Dallas County.

Community spread means there was a case of contracted COVID-19 in an individual with no travel history, the virus has spread to the Dallas resident locally.

Dallas County’s declaration prompted municipalities with jurisdictions in the County to issue similar declarations and orders in an attempt to contain the rapid spread of the novel virus giving health professionals more time to treat those affected. There are currently eight COVID-19 cases in Dallas County and four cases in Collin County. There are currently no reports in Denton County nor in the City of Carrollton.

“Our residents’ public health and safety are the highest priorities for our community,” Mayor Kevin Falconer said Friday. “This declaration and the health order are taken very seriously and are made out of an abundance of caution in the interest of our residents’ well-being.”

The declaration of disaster for public health emergency will last for the next seven days unless otherwise continued or renewed by the Carrollton City Council. The declaration means the City of Carrollton emergency management plan is officially activated.

As of today, March 13 at noon, the City of Carrollton will be closing public access to the following facilities Hebron & Josey Library, Josey Ranch Lake Library, Crosby and Rosemeade Recreation Centers, and the Carrollton Senior Center.

There will be no jury trials at the Carrollton Municipal Court until Wednesday, April 1.

Additionally, Carrollton will be cancelling all public events through the end of March.

Public safety and critical response will not be affected.

There are a number of informational resources available through Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at the links below. (Para más información en español, oprima aquí.)

Dallas County Health and Human Services: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Denton County Public Health:

https://dentoncounty.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Denton-County-Public-Health/Epidemiology-Notifiable-Conditions/Novel-Coronavirus

Texas Health and Human Services:

https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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