NewsFlash

April 23, 2020

Seven COVID-19 cases in Sunnyvale

As of April 22, Dallas County is reporting that there are a total of seven COVID-19 cases in the Town of Sunnyvale. To slow the spread of the virus, please make sure you doing your part by abiding by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins' #SaferAtHome order. Only leave home to report to an essential business or to engage in essential activities, such as grocery shopping or obtaining medications. It is also important to maintain social distancing while performing these activities.


As a reminder, pursuant to Judge Jenkins' Order, as of 11:59 p.m., April 17, it is required for those who are over the age of two (2) living within or visiting Dallas County to wear a face covering when utilizing public transportation and/or patronizing essential businesses. Parents and guardians of children under the age of ten (10) shall be responsible for appropriately masking children.


Face coverings must cover the nose and the mouth and may consist of a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief.


The Order does not apply when:

  • riding in a personal vehicle;
  • engaging in outdoor activity;
  • eating; or
  • wearing a covering poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk such as anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.


#slowthespread

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Retail-to-go FAQs

On April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order authorizing the re-opening of retail businesses effective April 24 for retail-to-go.


The Texas Department of Health and Human Services is providing guidance for employers, employees, and customers of re-opened retail services. See below.

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins' amended Order

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has amended his #SaferAtHome Order. The Order takes effect at 12 p.m. on April 23 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below.


Summary of changes:

  • Extends the Order until May 15, 2020
  • Removes elective surgery language to be consistent with the Governor’s Order
  • Adds language on “Reopened Services” to be consistent with the Governor’s Order and includes visiting “reopened services” as an allowable activity under the relevant sections of the County Order
-The social distancing and hygiene requirements for Reopened Services were issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services and this Order incorporates the State’s requirements
  • Updates language on religious and worship services to be consistent with the Governor’s Order
  • Allows auto dealers showrooms to be open
  • Requires schools to be closed for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year to be consistent with the Governor’s Order
  • Exempts CARE Act Payments from garnishment, except for garnishment for child support payments


Click here to read the full Order.

Click here to read the rules for reopened services.

Dallas County COVID-19 case report

As of 11 a.m., April 23, DCHHS is reporting 80 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 2,763, including 72 deaths. Seven additional deaths being reported today including:
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas and had been found deceased at home;
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Richardson and had been critically ill in an area hospital;
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas and had been critically ill in an area hospital;
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas and had been critically ill in an area hospital;
  • A woman in her 80’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been hospitalized in an area hospital;
  • A woman in her 90’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been hospitalized in an area hospital; and
  • A man in his 90’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been critically ill in an area hospital.


Of cases requiring hospitalization, most have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. Diabetes has been an underlying high-risk health condition reported in about a third of all hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Of the 72 total deaths reported to date, about a third have been associated with long-term care facilities.

“We mourn the death of seven more residents from COVID19. This is a somber reminder of the ruthlessness of this pandemic. I am encouraged by the number of new cases, which is once again lower than the average daily number for last week. That’s been the pattern for every day this week. We are benefiting from #SaferAtHome and we all need to keep making good personal responsibility choices. #IfYouRushItYouRuinIt and we shouldn’t waste the sacrifices you and the community have made to get us to this point,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
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