NewsFlash

March 31, 2020

Senior scams on the rise

Scammers take advantage of people at critical times, such as the COVID-19 crisis. The Senior Source released a document (below) highlighting scams that are being sent to senior citizens. It is very important that you remain vigilant, so that you are not subjected to a scam. Think before you act - if you are unsure of the intentions of the caller, e-mail sender, etc., please contact your local authorities, or call the Senior Source at (214) 823-5700.
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HHSC launches statewide COVID-19 mental health support line

Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at (833) 986-1919.


Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.


For general health-related information and precautions on COVID-19, visit the DSHS webpage and the CDC webpage. To stay up-to-date on the latest news impacting HHS services and regulated providers, visit the HHS COVID-19 webpage. For more information on mental health resources, find your local mental health authority here.

Board of Adjustment - vacant position

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the happenings of your Town? Are you interested in volunteering some of your time to become more involved in your local government and its processes? The Town of Sunnyvale is seeking volunteers to fill one vacancy on the Town’s Board of Adjustment and one position on the 4B. For more information, see the flyer below. To access the application, click here.
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New cases of COVID-19 reported in Dallas County

As of 10:00 am March 31, 2020, DCHHS is reporting 82 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 631. The 12th and 13th deaths from COVID-19 are being reported, including of a man in his 50’s who was as resident of the city of Rowlett, and a man in his 90’s who was a resident of the City of Dallas. Both persons had other high-risk chronic health conditions. There are 26 COVID-19 cases associated with long-term care facilities, including 2 deaths, that have been reported within the past week. The numbers of intensive care unit hospitalizations from COVID-19 from this past week have exceeded the peek week of ICU hospitalizations from influenza this past 2019-2020 season in Dallas County.

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