4/3/20 Denton County Reports First Coronavirus Death in Carrollton & Dallas County Extends Disaster Declaration Order through May 20
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 23 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County on Thursday, including two new cases in Carrollton. This brings Denton County's Carrollton total to 21. Sixteen Carrollton residents who live in Dallas County have also been confirmed to have the virus for a total of 37 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Less than 1 percent of Carrollton residents live in Collin County, which rescinded its public health order that was issued last week and is enforcing Governor Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order without issuing its own stricter order.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.
4/1/20 Denton County Extends Stay at Home Order & Dallas County Issues Amended Shelter in Place OrderThe 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.
3/31/20 Governor Greg Abbott Issues New Executive Order Superseding Original Social Distancing Order
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.
3/30/20 Dallas County Issues Order for Long-Term Care Facilities; Clarifies Parameters for Construction Industry
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, click on Resources for Businesses above
3/26/20 Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans
On Thursday, March 26, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
During this period, a quarantined person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, other than a physician or healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces. These mandatory self-quarantines will last a period of 14 days or for the duration of a person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter.
This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). This Executive Order will remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the Governor.
3/24/20 Denton County Issues Stay at Home Order; Majority of Carrollton Residents Are Now Under Shelter in Place
Denton County 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 set forth on Sunday by Dallas County. This means the majority of Carrollton residents are now under a Shelter in Place/Stay at Home order. Collin County residents have been asked to stay at home, but businesses are allowed to remain open as long as they are in compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's executive orders.
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. 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
For more information, click here.
3/23/20, City of Carrollton Closes Outdoor Recreational Facilities and Library Book Drops; Public Information Request Responses to be Delayed
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3/22/20, 9:25pm: Denton County Issues New Mandates for Residents
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. The order is effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 through Monday, March 30.
For more information, click here.
3/22/20, 5:45pm: Dallas County Issues Orders to Shelter in Place; Stay Home Stay Safe
Stay Home Stay Safe FAQs.
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3/22/20, 1:55pm: Second Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Carrollton in Denton County; Dallas County Issues Amended Health Order
A second case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Carrollton bringing the total for the City to two, one in Denton County and one in Dallas County.
Dallas County has also issued an amended public health order with new restrictions effective until Friday, April 3 at 11:59pm. It includes restrictions on nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, 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.
For more information, click here.
Update: 3/20/20Dallas County Reports First Coronavirus Case in Carrollton
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed today (3/20) that 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 continues to coordinate with DCHHS and CDC officials to identify anyone who has come into contact with the individual for notification, testing, and treatment.
For more information, click here.
City Council Extends Disaster Declaration
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.
State of Texas Declares Public Health Disaster
The Texas Department of State Health Services has determined that, as of March 19, 2020, COVID-19 represents a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The Governor has issued Executive Order No. GA-08 which provides that:
- Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people;
- People shall avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; however, the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options are allowed and highly encouraged;
- People shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance; and
- Schools shall temporarily close.
The order is effective 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and continues until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law..
- To read the full Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas, click here.
Public Access to City Facilities Changes in Response to Public Health Emergency; Services Available Virtually
As of 11:59 p.m. today (3/19/20), the City of Carrollton will be closing public access to all City facilities, including City Hall and Municipal Court, and focusing on virtual services for residents in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The City is committed to providing continuity of government services for Carrollton residents while helping ensure both citizens and City employees stay safe. Emergency services and trash pickup will be uninterrupted.
For emergencies, call 911; for all other inquiries, visit cityofcarrollton.com or call 972-466-3000.
- For more details, including a list of available online services, click here.
Carrollton Amends Public Health Order in Response to Coronavirus
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 the City of Carrollton's Amended Order signed by Mayor Kevin Falconer, click here.
Dallas County Issues Amended Public Order
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has issued an amended order on for Dallas County that includes the following:
Public or private Community Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited in Dallas County
- 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
- Bars, lounges, taverns, or arcades and private clubs shall close
This Order begins at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 and shall be effective until 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.
- To read the full order, click here.
Post Date: 3/13/2020
NOTICE: 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 comes 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.
What is the City doing?
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the City of Carrollton remains in daily contact with county and state health authorities. Our staff are taking appropriate precautionary measures, including conducting more frequent disinfection processes at our highly trafficked facilities.
What is the County’s role?
Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, and Collin County Health Care Services are responsible for case investigation, follow-up with persons under monitoring, reporting to the state and control orders.
What is the City’s role?
The City supports County operations as requested and is responsible for internal response at City facilities.
Did you know? 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, check out the City’s searchable, interactive map that includes county lines, as well as school districts within Carrollton's city limits: click here.