NewsFlash

May 19, 2020

Route established for Senior Drive

A drive route has been established for the Senior Drive that will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. This event is co-hosted by Sunnyvale ISD and the Town of Sunnyvale and takes the place of the traditional senior walk. It also provides an opportunity for the Sunnyvale community to greet the seniors in honor of their graduation.


We would love to see you make signs/posters and line the streets of Sunnyvale to honor the Class of 2020!


A PDF of the map of the drive route is available below:

Texas enters Phase II of reopening

On May 18, Governor Greg Abbott announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. "Our goal is to co-exist with COVID-19 as safely as possible," said Governor Abbott.


Under Governor Abbott's Executive Order, Phase II allows for the immediate reopening of the following:

  • Massage establishments (with six feet of social distancing between operating stations).
  • Personal care and beauty services (with six feet of social distancing between operating stations).
  • Child-care services, including youth clubs, such as YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.

Beginning on Friday, May 22 for all Texas counties except for Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall:

  • Dine-in restaurant services may operate at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy. Interactive functions such as child play area, interactive games, etc. must remain closed.
  • Bars and similar establishments that are not defined as a restaurant and hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) may operate at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy of the establishment.
  • Aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities (excluding zoos) may operate at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy. Interactive components of the facilities must remain closed.
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing, and skating rinks may operate at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy.
  • Rodeos and equestrian events may operate at up to 25% of the listed occupancy. This does not authorize larger gatherings such as a county fair.
  • Drive-in concerts - must maintain social distancing that generally requires spectators to remain in their vehicles.
  • Amateur sporting events - no access to the general public allowed; all participants must test negative for COVID-19 prior to the event, are quarantined for the duration of the event, are temperature-checked and monitored for symptoms daily, and are tested again for COVID-19 at the end of the event.

The above-mentioned services will be restored for Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall counties on Friday, May 29.


Beginning Sunday, May 31 for all Texas counties:

  • Professional basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing events will be allowed with no spectators physically present on the premises of the venue.
  • Youth camps, including all summer camps and other daytime and overnight camps for youth.
  • Youth sports programs - practices may begin; games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15.


Beginning June 1, public school districts may offer, and public education students may accordingly visit school campuses for in-person classroom instructional activities and learning opportunities, such as summer school programs, special education evaluations, specialized assessments, and individualized tutoring, under the minimum standard health protocols found in guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).


Click to view the full Executive Order.

Open Texas checklists can be found here.


"Be a good neighbor. Be a Texan." - Greg Abbott

COVID-19 case report: 14 new deaths reported

As of 11 a.m., May 19, DCHHS is reporting 225 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 7,904, including 191 deaths. The additional 14 deaths being reported today include:

  • A man in his 40’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 50’s who was a resident of the City of Grand Prairie and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 50’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas and was found deceased at home.
  • 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 woman in her 60’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the City of Irving and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A man in his 60’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Dallas and had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 70’s who was a resident of the City of Irving and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 70’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Irving and had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 80’s who was a resident of the City of Duncanville and had been critically ill in an area hospital.
  • A woman in her 90’s who was a resident of the City of Garland and had been hospitalized.
  • A man in his 90’s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in the City of Mesquite and expired in the facility.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.
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