Dallas County Judge Issues Amended Order Affecting Gatherings, Restaurants

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an amended order on March 16, 2020 expanding the previous order to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus and safeguard public health and safety. The order went into effect at 11:59 pm on March 16 and impacts the City of Duncanville.

The order essentially prohibits:

  • Mass gatherings of more than 50 people
  • Prohibits restaurants from in-house dining, allowing only drive through, pickup and delivery
  • Requires bars, lounges, taverns and private clubs to close

The amended order is effective through 11:00 am March 20, 2020, but may be extended based on the evolving health emergency.

Dallas County Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

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.

“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread among the five cases we are reporting today. I am in consultation with the mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners. We will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

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.

2019 Novel Coronavirus: Duncanville Preparedness & Response

March 16, 2020

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.

“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread among the five cases we are reporting today. I am in consultation with the mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners. We will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

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.


March 14, 2020


March 13, 2020
Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported five (5) additional presumptive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in Dallas County to eight (8). Last night, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a local disaster for public health emergency and has issued a community gathering order effective today at 11 am. Judge Jenkins has requested that the mayors in Dallas County cities issue a local declaration in support of the county’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.  To that end, Mayor Gordon issued an order mirroring the Dallas County order this morning, as allowed by state law.

ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS (SUMMARY)
DATE ORDER ISSUED: March 12, 2020
The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, the Dallas County order prohibits community gatherings of 500 persons or more anywhere in Dallas County beginning at 11 a.m. on March 13, 2020, and continuing seven days through 11:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020. For all other gatherings, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to this Order, including canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 250 persons. Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly urges high-risk individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to cancel, reschedule, or not attend events that will have or will likely have 10 or more people.

Duncanville Facilities and Community Events, Programs & Classes Impacted

In order to protect the health and welfare of our employees and residents, the City of Duncanville has made the following immediate modifications in order to address the growing health concerns:

  • The D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through the end of March, which is subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 situation.
  • Recreation Center and Library operations will continue as usual, and classes and programs are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All senior activities are canceled until further notice.
  • The Recreation Center’s ‘Princess Tea Party’ event scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.
  • The Library’s ‘Touch A Truck’ event on March 18 has been canceled.
  • Large events occurring in the near future at the Fieldhouse will be canceled based on the Dallas County declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency threshold for community gatherings.

The City’s Event Calendar will be updated appropriately, so please check the status of events, classes and programs to stay informed.

Duncanville ISD’s Spring Break is next week, and the school district has extended Spring Break by one week and canceled all extracurricular activities starting Friday, March 13.

The Duncanville Chamber of Commerce has postponed the ‘Flavor of Duncanville’ event that was scheduled for Thursday, March 19 and have not announced a new date at this time.


March 12, 2020
The health, safety and well-being of our community and employees is of paramount concern, and the city continues to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) activity and is prepared to respond appropriately if Duncanville is impacted.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency responsible for providing information and guidance regarding COVID-19 to the City of Duncanville. The Duncanville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management are actively engaged with daily calls and communication with DCHHS and other partners to ensure Duncanville has the latest updates and information regarding the evolving public health threat.

The city is taking precautions to help mitigate the spread of germs at public facilities.

If possible, we encourage residents to use online tools and other resources for self-service needs. For example, residents can report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the homepage, and pay utility bills online at https://duncanville.dpnetbill.com or by phone: 844-608-6680. For general questions or concerns, please call City Hall at 972-780-5000 or peruse the city website. Follow the city on Facebook and Twitter for the latest new and information updates.

City facilities in Duncanville have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing efforts through the COVID-19 public threat period, including Duncanville City Hall, Duncanville Public Library, Duncanville Recreation Center, D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center, Duncanville Fieldhouse and public restrooms at City parks.

Disinfection activities at facilities includes:

  • Increasing the cleaning and disinfection efforts in all city facilities
  • Disinfecting communal equipment multiple times a day
  • Re-filling soap and antibacterial dispensers daily
  • Posting the DCHHS 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ document in English and Spanish at the entrance to all city buildings and in public restrooms
  • City employees have been asked to assist with regular disinfection of workstations and public areas
  • Public restrooms at parks are cleaned and sanitized appropriately

For more information regarding COVID-10, please visit DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php or CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html