Dallas County Health and Human Services Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Website and Announces Mass Vaccination Site

This post has been updated on January 15, 2021 to include the FAQ for the Fair Park COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site and DCHHS Vaccine Registration Hotline (see below).

Today, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) opened up a COVID-19 vaccination registration and pre-screening site for Dallas County residents in phase 1A or 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). While vaccine supply is extremely limited, DCHHS anticipates receiving additional supply in the coming weeks and months. The registration website is for vaccination eligibility only at DCHHS, and not for all providers within Dallas County.

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COVID-19 RELIEF: HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The following is information about rental, mortgage, and utility assistance programs available to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Housing
Assistance Program (EHAP)

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The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) provides short-term rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to low income Dallas County residents living outside of the City of Dallas economically affected (loss-reduction of income) by the spread of COVID-19.

EHAP will continue for 90 days into the new year. To learn more about the program:

Eligibility for EHAP:

  • Must reside outside the city of Dallas but within Dallas County;
  • Currently not receiving housing assistance through another entity;
  • Household income is less than 80% of AMI; and
  • Must have suffered an economic impact due to COVID-19.

DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
214-819-1968
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CT)


Texas Department of Housing and Community Affair’s Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps eligible Texas tenants, who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction, stay in their homes and provides landlords with an alternative to eviction. If both the tenant and landlord agree to participate in the TEDP and meet the requirements in the chart below, the TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

  • Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
  • The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump-sum payments are provided to landlords for rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP)

Starting in 2021, Dallas County will be participating in the TERAP. Households may contact our HHS team (214.819.1968, EHAP_DCHHS@dallascounty.org) for more information about how they can apply through Dallas County for assistance.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Trauma Service Area E Triggers Mandatory Capacity Reductions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 3, 2020

Trauma Service Area E (TSA E), which includes Dallas County and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, today reached seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals, as a percentage of available hospital beds, exceeded 15 percent. According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32 (GA-32), this makes TSA E an area with high hospitalizations and certain occupancy reductions are automatically triggered by reaching this threshold.

Businesses whose occupancy rates were increased to 75% in October through GA-32 are immediately reduced back to 50%. This includes all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries in Dallas County and the other counties comprising TSA-E. A full list of affected businesses can be located at https://open.texas.gov/.  These capacity reductions do not affect businesses listed under the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance or covered by other exemptions contained in GA-32.

TSA E will remain under these restrictions until there are seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds is at 15 percent or less.  The Texas Department of State Health Services provides additional information on GA-32 and a list of all affected counties at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/ga32/.

New Executive Orders GA-30 and GA-31 With Changes to Business Capacities, Elective Surgeries, and Nursing Home Visitation

Governor Greg Abbott, who was joined on Thursday, September 17, 2020, by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Bonnen, and Texas health officials for a press conference, announced new reopening plans for areas where COVID-19 hospitalization rates are at 15% or less. He also issued executive orders, GA-30 and GA-31, which provide the specific guidelines for those businesses to reopening.

COVID-19 hospitalization rates that are 15% or lower as a percentage of all people hospitalized in a region for seven consecutive days is the new threshold. In regions that meet this threshold retail, restaurants, offices, museums, libraries, gyms, and manufacturers will be permitted move from the earlier 50% capacity restrictions to 75%.

Elective surgeries are permitted to resume immediately.

Nursing homes, assisted living, and long-term care facilities have been given permission to resume visitations and provided health and safety protocols, which they must follow.

Bars are not permitted to reopen at this time.

Read Executive Order GA-30 | Read Executive Order GA-31


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott Extends Early Voting Period For November 3rd Election

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation extending the early voting period for the November 3rd Election by nearly a week. Under this proclamation, early voting by personal appearance will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and continue through Friday, October 30, 2020. The proclamation also expands the period in which marked mail-in ballots may be delivered in person to the early voting clerk’s office, allowing such delivery prior to as well as on Election Day.

“As we respond to COVID-19, the State of Texas is focused on strategies that preserve Texans’ ability to vote in a way that also mitigates the spread of the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “By extending the early voting period and expanding the period in which mail-in ballots can be hand-delivered, Texans will have greater flexibility to cast their ballots, while at the same time protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.”


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott Issues Proclamation Expanding Hospital Capacity In 11 Trauma Service Areas

July 9, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in hospitals in all counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) in Texas. Previously, Governor Abbott suspended elective surgeries at hospitals in the counties of Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, Nueces, Travis, and Webb.

“The State of Texas continues to implement strategies to help ensure ample supply of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients,” said Governor Abbott. “By expanding this directive to include the counties within these 11 TSAs, we are freeing up more resources to address upticks in COVID-19 related cases. The State of Texas will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of this virus and support our hospitals and health care professionals as they care for their fellow Texans. We must all come together and continue to practice social distancing, wear a face-covering in public, and stay home when possible.”

Under his Proclamation, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician. Through proclamation, the Governor can add or subtract from the list of counties included in his original Executive Order and subsequent Proclamations to address surges in hospitalizations that may arise in other parts of the state.

The following counties are included in the Governor’s Proclamation:

All counties within TSA J—Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler counties;

All counties within TSA K—Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, and Tom Green counties;

All counties within TSA M—Bosque, Falls, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan counties;

All counties within TSA O that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, and Williamson counties;

All counties within TSA P that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala counties;

All counties within TSA Q that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties;

All counties within TSA R—Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, and Orange counties;

All counties within TSA S—Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria counties;

All counties within TSA T that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Jim Hogg and Zapata counties;

All counties within TSA U that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Refugio, and San Patricio counties; and

All counties within TSA V that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Starr and Willacy counties.

Texas is divided into twenty-two regions called trauma service areas (TSAs), provided for the formation of a regional advisory council (RAC) in each region to develop and implement a regional trauma system plan, delineated the trauma facility designation process, and provided for the development of a state trauma registry. For more information about TSAs, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

“Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $9 Million for Nursing Facility Infection Control Projects to Prevent COVID-19

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced $9 million in federal funding for nursing facilities to implement infection control projects to protect residents and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Starting July 1, nursing facility providers in Texas are encouraged to submit applications to HHSC to receive this federal funding.

“We know that older Texans are more susceptible to COVID-19, and Texas is committed to ensuring that nursing facilities have the tools they need to keep their residents and staff safe,” said Governor Abbott. “The resources available through this federal funding will help maintain infection control within these facilities. We must continue to protect our most vulnerable populations, mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Texas, and protect public health.”

“Nursing facilities have this opportunity to apply for funding to enhance health and safety protections for the people they serve,” said David Kostroun, deputy executive commissioner for HHSC’s Regulatory Services Division. “During this unprecedented time, we are directing providers to pursue every avenue to mitigate the spread of this virus.”

Approved providers will be eligible to receive funds for infection control resources, including:

  • Thermometers and temperature scanning equipment for staff and residents
  • Decontamination and disinfecting systems
  • Plexiglass barriers or portable walls to ensure social distancing and droplet protection
  • N95 fit-test equipment
  • Microbe-resistant flooring and wall coverings

For more details on how to apply, visit the Texas HHS website. The deadline for applications is August 30.

HHSC is continuing to accept applications for communication technology in nursing facilities, which are eligible to receive up to $3,000 per facility to purchase devices (e.g. iPads, tablets, webcams) and accessories (e.g. headphones, protective covers).  HHSC is allocating Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funds for this project as well as the infection control projects. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) imposes CMPs against Medicare- or Medicaid-certified nursing facilities found out of compliance with federal requirements. CMP funds can be used for projects and activities that benefit nursing facility residents by improving their quality of care or quality of life. Currently, HHSC is only accepting and reviewing applications for projects related to addressing COVID-19, such as infection control practices and communication technology.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

DUNCANVILLE CANCELS JULY 4th EVENT AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Duncanville, Texas – At their May 19th, 2020 regular meeting the Duncanville City Council made the decision to cancel this year’s July 4th event and fireworks display in the interests of public health and safety.

With nearby cities canceling their own Independence Day events, a Duncanville event was a potential attraction to people from outside the City at a time when all efforts are being taken to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

After a discussion about possible solutions that would allow the event to continue, Mayor Barry L. Gordon and the City Council agreed that, while disappointing, it was in the best interests of public health and safety to cancel the event.

“It was a painful decision for us as a council,” said Mayor Gordon of the cancellation. “We understand how enjoyable this community event is. It’s a hallmark event for the city. Regrettably, extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. We regret we can’t have fireworks this year.”

At the time of the meeting, Dallas County had identified the COVID-19 pandemic risk level as high, “Stay Home, Stay Safe.” At the state and federal levels, the government is still recommending the use of cloth face coverings, 6-foot social distancing, and limiting group sizes.

The Mayor closed the discussion saying, “We’ll do something bigger and better next year, hopefully.”


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/