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March 18, 2020 6:27 PM

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Stay updated on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the Mesquite, TX community at www.cityofmesquite.com/Coronavirus.

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March 27, 2020 1:56 PM

Dallas County Reports 64 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases
DALLAS -- As of 10:00 am March 27, 2020, DCHHS is reporting 64 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 367. Seven deaths have been reported to date. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are increasing, with
36% of all hospitalized patients requiring admission to intensive care units. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (65%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition.

Please see attached summary of cases. New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.


“I’m so proud of the way North Texas is stepping up to this challenge. We will get through this together. #StayHomeStaySafe,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The case count at the following link will only include county residents:
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Most employees who work within the City of Dallas have a right to paid sick leave. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

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.

Additional information is available at the following websites:
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/travelers/index.html
• DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
• DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

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Prior Updates

March 26, 2020 3:55 PM

The Water Billing Office will be closed Friday, March 27 for a system upgrade. The payment website and automated telephone services will also be down for maintenance.

The Water Billing Office will reopen on Monday, March 30 at 8 a.m.

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March 26, 2020 2:25 PM

Vehicle access into City parks closed

Mesquite, TX – March 26, 2020 – The City of Mesquite is closing parking lots at City parks to help promote social distancing.

The spring weather has been too beautiful to waste, and City parks will remain open to pedestrian access so residents can enjoy the open space areas and walking trails. However, to discourage gatherings in parking lots, at shelters or on playgrounds, vehicle access into our parks has been discontinued.

Outdoor exercise is encouraged while practicing social distancing requirements set by Dallas and Kaufman Counties, which asks people to keep six feet of distance between them while walking, biking, hiking or running.

The city thanks the community for their support during this time as everyone practices social distancing to help flatten the curve. The public can visit www.cityofmesquite.com/Coronavirus to get more details on local updates.

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March 23, 2020 7:49 PM

Mesquite, TX - March 23, 2020 – Today at 5:25 p.m., City of Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer issued a Declaration of Local State of Disaster For Public Health Emergency. The document provides provisions and authorities for a variety of emergency operational decisions and services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/Coronavirus to view the declaration and other Mesquite updates.
Mayor Archer said, “The timing in executing this action was critical. We have taken a measured approach to this point in all our decisions regarding city services and programs. The Dallas County order for the public to shelter in place helped facilitate this latest decision. This declaration will pave the way for state and federal aid and assistance.”
The declaration will be a tool the city uses to direct its residents to comply with orders from the State of Texas and Dallas County, and to request federal reimbursement for expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Archer noted the declaration will continue for seven days and can be renewed by a vote of the City Council.
Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/NotifyMe to register for Coronavirus Updates through the city’s email/text notification system.

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March 23, 2020 4:51 PM

“Stay Home Stay Safe”
What Does This Mean For Mesquite Residents And Businesses?

For the full amended order visit www.cityofmesquite.com/Coronavirus

***All activity is ordered to be done with 6 feet of social distancing***

Who: All individuals currently living within Dallas County, including the City of Mesquite.
What: Order requires all individuals to shelter at residences – except for certain essential activities.
When: Effective 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020.
Where: Residences include homes, apartments, rental properties, hotels, and motels.
Why: The virus 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person-to-person contact.
How: The following is a summary of the Order instructions addressing essential activities that are allowed:
 Businesses allowed to continue operations:
• Restaurants may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
For a list of social distance dining options go to www.VisitMesquiteTX.com/DiningWithSocialDistancing
• Retail: grocery stores, gas stations, farmers’ markets, laundry/auto/hardware services, big box stores.
• Businesses: those that ship/deliver groceries, food, goods or services direct to residences.
• Business to Business: any businesses that supply other essential businesses with support or supplies.
• Home-based businesses: businesses with employees performing activities at their own residences.
• Healthcare: hospitals/clinics/pharmacies/ and home-based care.
• Local governments: that provide continuing operations for the health/safety/welfare of the public.
• Infrastructure: finance institutions, construction, utility operations, telecommunications.
• Social services: agencies who provide food/shelter/necessities of life for the economically disadvantaged.
• Childcare services: those that enable employees to work as permitted and within these Order guidelines.
• Residential/Business operations: shipping/warehouse/cleaning/plumbing/electrical/legal/landscaping.

 Individuals may leave their residence only to:
• Obtain medical supplies/medication/visiting health professional/work supplies.
• Shop for food/pet supplies/household products for essential operation of residences.
• Care for a family member or pet in another household.
• Enjoy outdoor activity with social distancing requirements.

 Religious services may continue as follows:
• Worship/church programs may only be provided by video and teleconference.
• Weddings may be held with social distancing.
• Funerals may be held with social distancing.

 Prohibited activities and businesses from operating:
• All public/private gatherings occurring outside a single household.
• Any elective health/dental/physical therapy or related procedure.
• All fitness/health clubs, nail/hair salons, tattoo parlors or other related services.
• All non-essential activities, arts/cultural events, education programs or other related gatherings.

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March 23, 2020 1:30 PM

Dallas County Reports 24 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases
DALLAS -- As of 10:00 am March 23, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 24 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 155.

The third and fourth deaths from COVID-19 are being reported:

A man in his 60’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. This individual had been critically ill in an area hospital, and did not have other high-risk chronic health conditions.
Another man in his 60’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. This individual had also been critically ill in an area hospital, and had high-risk chronic health conditions.
New cases are being reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays. Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two Dallas County residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 since yesterday’s posting. The “Stay Home Stay Safe” order will save lives but it takes all of us. We are working to answer the many questions from business we have received this morning and will get you answers as soon as possible. Most of your questions can be found by carefully reading the order and I encourage people to do that before they contact us,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The case count at the following link will only include county residents: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Most employees who work within the City of Dallas have a right to paid sick leave. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

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.
Additional information is available at the following websites:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/travelers/index.html
DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php
CONTACT:
Clay Lewis Jenkins, Dallas County Judge
Clay.Jenkins@dallascounty.org
214-653-7949

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March 22, 2020 8:15 PM

WHEREAS, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.108, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency on March 12, 2020, due to a novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19; and,

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, Judge Jenkins issued an Order in furtherance of his authority to protect the safety and welfare of the public by slowing the spread of the virus; and,

WHEREAS, the on-going evaluation of circumstances related to the virus and the updated recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services warrant the March 12, 2020 Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins be amended;

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Trump acknowledged the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, releasing strict new guidelines to limit people’s interactions, including that Americans should avoid groups of more than 10 people;

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Dallas County Commissioners Court issued an Order of Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency that affirmed the activation of the Dallas County Emergency Management Plan and extends the Declaration of Local Disaster until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, unless rescinded by order of the Commissioners Court.

THEREFORE, the March 12, 2020, Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins is hereby AMENDED as follows:

Summary: 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, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home– except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020:
All individuals currently living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 2.
All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home). To the greatest extent possible, all Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines attached, including maintaining six foot social distancing for both employees and the general public.
All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference. Religious institutions must limit in-person staff to ten (10) people or less when preparing for or conducting video or teleconference services, and all individuals must follow the Social Distancing Guidelines including the six foot social distancing.
All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.
Definitions:
For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities”:
To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home).
To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).
To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order.
To care for a family member or pet in another household.
For purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
Essential Healthcare Operations. Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks, medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered healthcare operations. Healthcare operations also includes veterinary care and all health and welfare services provided to animals. This exemption shall be viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare. Healthcare operations do not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities. Healthcare operations do not include elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures as established in accordance with Subsection 1(g) of this Order.
Essential Government Functions. All services provided by local governments needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public. Further, nothing in this order shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing “Essential Government Functions.” All Essential Government Functions shall be performed in compliance with social distancing requirements of six feet, to the extent possible.
Essential Critical Infrastructure. Work necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) including public works construction, residential and commercial construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), financial institutions, defense and national security-related operations, essential manufacturing operations provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six feet, to the extent possible. Essential Businesses providing essential infrastructure should implement screening precautions to protect employees and all activity shall be performed in compliance with social distancing guidelines attached.
Essential Retail. Food service providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, big-box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples. Food cultivation, including farming, fishing, and livestock. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only. The restriction of delivery or carry out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital and medical facilities. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers. Gas stations, auto-supply, auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses. Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building cleaning and maintenance, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment, storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and Essential Businesses. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support of supplies needed to operate.
News Media. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services.
Childcare Services. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted.
Any manufacturer who retools so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of manufacturing and producing ventilators may apply for an “essential business” exemption under this Order.
Grocery stores, supermarkets, warehouse stores, hospitals, and medical facilities are experiencing high levels of demand for a large number of products, requiring more deliveries from manufacturers and distribution centers to serve their customers. A number of Texas cities and local associations have implemented restrictions on delivery hours to stores to mitigate truck noise and traffic. Due to the need to deliver products as quickly and efficiently as possible during this critical timeframe, this Order hereby suspends all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Dallas County for the next 60 days.
Due to increased demand for bath or toilet tissue resulting from stock up buying and individuals who purchase for resale, a mandatory limit on toilet paper sales is instituted until the supply chain meets the demand or two weeks, whichever comes first. All sales of bath or toilet tissue occurring in Dallas County are limited to the greater of: (a) twelve (12) rolls per purchase or (b) one (1) package per purchase.
Due to the public health emergency, the Office of the Dallas County Judge hereby advises the Dallas County Justices of the Peace to suspend eviction hearings and writs of possession for at least the next 60 days to prevent renters from being displaced.
If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school, or any other community function.
Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by this order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.
Public and private schools and institutions of higher education are instructed by this order to provide a safety plan to Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 72 hours before students return to a classroom settings.
Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority instructs all employees to remain at home if sick. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in the City of Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.
This Order shall be effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.
The County of Dallas must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on the Dallas County Health and Human Services website. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED CLAY JENKINS
DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE

DCHHS Social Distancing Recommendations

1) Vulnerable Populations: Limit Outings

Vulnerable populations include people who are:
60 years old and older.
People with certain health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems.
For vulnerable populations, don’t go to gatherings unless it is essential. Stay home. Avoid people who are sick.
2) Workplace and Businesses: Minimize Exposure

Suspend nonessential employee travel.
Ensure employees practice social distancing and do not work within six feet of one another.
Urge essential employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
Do not require a doctor’s note for employees who are sick.
Maximize telecommuting options.
Persons who need to be at work to provide essential services of great benefit to the community must take steps in their workplace to minimize risk.
3) Cancel Non-essential Events

Cancel non-essential events.
Do not attend any events or gatherings if sick.
For events that aren’t cancelled, we recommend:
Having hand washing capabilities, hand sanitizers and tissues available.
Frequently cleaning high touch surface areas like counter tops and hand rails.
Finding ways to implement social distancing..
4) Schools: Safety First

Do not have your child attend school if sick.
If you have a child with chronic health conditions, consult the child’s doctor about school attendance.
Schools should equip all classrooms with hand sanitizers and tissues.
Recommend rescheduling or cancelling events that are not essential.
Explore remote teaching and online options to continue learning.
Schools should develop a plan for citywide school closures, and families should prepare for further closures.
5) Transit: Cleaning and Protection

Increase cleaning of vehicles and high touch surface areas.
Provide hand washing/hand sanitizers and tissues in stations and on vehicles.
Ensure social distancing practices are implemented to the full extent possible.
6) Health Care Settings: Avoid as possible, protect the vulnerable

Long-term care facilities should have a COVID-19 plan in accordance with CDC or state guidelines.
Long-term care facilities should restrict all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life situations.
The general public should avoid going to medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, even if you are not ill.
If you are ill, call your health care provider ahead of time, and you may be able to be served by phone.
Do not visit emergency rooms unless it is essential.
Follow guidance and directions of all facilities.
7) Everyone: Do your part

The best way for all Dallas County residents to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
Stay home if you are sick.
Avoid touching your face.
Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials and CDC guidance.
There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
You can also prepare for the disruption caused by an outbreak. Preparedness actions include:

Prepare to work from home if that is possible for your job, and your employer.
Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family.
Prepare a child care plan if you or a caregiver are sick.
Make arrangements about how your family will manage school closures.
Plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.
Take care of each other and check in by phone with friends, family and neighbors that are vulnerable to serious illness or death if they get COVID-19.
Keep common spaces clean to help maintain a healthy environment for you and others.
Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly with disinfecting sprays, wipes or common household cleaning products.

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March 21, 2020 9:01 PM

AMENDED ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS
DATE AMENDED ORDER ISSUED: March 21, 2020
WHEREAS, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.108, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency on March 12, 2020, due to a novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19; and,

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, Judge Jenkins issued an Order in furtherance of his authority to protect the safety and welfare of the public by slowing the spread of the virus; and,

WHEREAS, the on-going evaluation of circumstances related to the virus and the updated recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services warrant the March 12, 2020 Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins to be amended;

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Trump acknowledged the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, releasing strict new guidelines to limit people’s interactions, including that Americans should avoid groups of more than 10 people;

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the Dallas County Commissioners Court issued an Order of Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency that affirmed the activation of the Dallas County Emergency Management Plan and extends the Declaration of Local Disaster until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, unless rescinded by order of the Commissioners Court.

THEREFORE, the March 12, 2020, Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins is hereby AMENDED as follows:

Summary: 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, this Order prohibits community gatherings, as defined by Section 3 herein, of 50 persons or more anywhere in Dallas County beginning at 10:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020, and continuing through

11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020. Additionally, this Order prohibits social gatherings, as defined by Section 3 herein, of 10 persons or more anywhere in Dallas County beginning at 10:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020. For gatherings of less than

10 persons, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to this Order. Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority urges in the strongest terms possible all high-risk individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancel, reschedule, or not attend any event.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE
SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 21, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020:
Public or private Recreational Gatherings and Community Gatherings (as defined in Section 3 below) are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County.
Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
Bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, bowling alleys, theaters, gyms, fitness centers, gymnastics studios, and martial arts studios shall close.
Massage parlors, nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, beauty salons, hair removal services, spas, tattoo and piercing parlors, and all other non-medical, personal care services that cannot be provided while maintaining six feet of distance shall close.
Dallas County Tax Offices and passport offices shall close for in-person services.
All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Dallas County. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.
In addition, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services (“Health Authority”) strongly urge high-risk individuals to cancel, reschedule, and not attend all gatherings until further notice. These recommendations are based on the social distancing practices attached to this Order as well as the “Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19. Transmission” issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). The Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority urge people to not attend non-essential gatherings during the duration of this Order in order to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Definitions:
For purposes of this Order, a “Community Gathering” is any indoor or outdoor event or convening, subject to the exceptions and clarifications below, that brings together or is likely to bring together fifty (50) or more persons within six feet of one another for extended periods at the same time in a single room or other single confined or enclosed space, such as an auditorium, theatre, stadium (indoor or outdoor), arena or event center, meeting hall, conference center, large cafeteria. An outdoor “Community Gathering” under this Order is limited to events in confined outdoor spaces, which means an outdoor space that (i) is enclosed by a fence, physical barrier, or other structure and (ii) where people are present and they are within six feet of one another for extended periods. For clarity, community gatherings include, but are not limited to, weddings, religious services, funerals, and other gatherings.
For the purposes of the Order, a “Recreational Gathering” is any indoor or outdoor event or convening that is primarily social or recreational in nature, subject to the exceptions and clarifications below, that brings together or is likely to bring together ten (10) or more persons at the same time in a single room or other single confined or enclosed space. For clarity, social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, backyard barbecues, social events, sporting events, and other gatherings. Private facilities, such as county clubs, may still operate their outdoor facilities, such as golf or tennis courts, but must limit indoor activities, such as their card rooms and similar amenities to 10 people or less. To the extent individuals are using shared outdoor spaces, such as public parks or trails, they must maintain at least six feet of space from any other person at all times.
This Order does not prohibit gatherings of people in multiple, separate enclosed spaces in a single building such as school classrooms, residential buildings, or hotels, so long as 50 people are not present in any single space at the same time. This Order also does not prohibit the use of enclosed spaces where 50 or more people may be present at different times during the day, so long as 50 or more people are not present in the space at the same time. For example, residential buildings may continue to operate their common facilities, such as laundry facilities, so long as 50 or more people are not present at the same time. For any gathering covered by this subsection, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly encourage compliance with the attached Recommendations, including social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and tissues, and increasing cleaning of commonly and frequently touched services.
This Order does not apply to the following critical facilities, so long as visitors are generally not within six feet of one another for extended periods.
critical infrastructure, including airport facilities and operations, bus stations, transit, and transit facilities;
government buildings providing essential services;
schools or institutes of higher learning;
banks, financial institutions, and credit unions;
office buildings, so long as employers take all steps reasonably possible to implement social distancing protocols;
grocery stores and pharmacies;
hospitals and medical offices and facilities, including cafes and restaurants located within these facilities; and
Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
For purposes of this Order, “grocery stores” includes warehouse stores, big-box stores, bodegas, gas stations, and farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.
In the settings described in Section (3)(d), the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Dallas County Health Authority strongly encourage compliance with the attached Recommendations, including social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and tissues, and increasing cleaning of commonly and frequently touched services.
Our community’s critical infrastructure, which includes communications, emergency services, energy, transportation systems, and water and wastewater systems, are instructed by this order to continue operating and encouraged to implement screening precautions to protect employees.
Grocery stores, supermarkets, warehouse stores, hospitals, and medical facilities are experiencing high levels of demand for a large number of products, requiring more deliveries from manufacturers and distribution centers to serve their customers. A number of Texas cities and local associations have implemented restrictions on delivery hours to stores to mitigate truck noise and traffic. Due to the need to deliver products as quickly and efficiently as possible during this critical timeframe, this Order hereby suspends all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Dallas County for the next 60 days.
Due to increased demand for bath or toilet tissue resulting from stock up buying and individuals who purchase for resale, a mandatory limit on toilet paper sales is instituted until the supply chain meets the demand or two weeks, whichever comes first. All sales of bath or toilet tissue occurring in Dallas County are limited to the greater of: (a) twelve (12) rolls per purchase or (b) one (1) package per purchase.
Due to the public health emergency, the Office of the Dallas County Judge hereby advises the Dallas County Justices of the Peace to suspend eviction hearings and writs of possession for at least the next 60 days to prevent renters from being displaced.
If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school, or any other community function.
Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by this order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.
Public and private schools and institutions of higher education are instructed by this order to provide a safety plan to Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 72 hours before students return to a classroom settings.
Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority instructs all employees to remain at home if sick. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in the City of Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.
This Order shall be effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.
The County of Dallas must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on the Dallas County Health and Human Services website. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED CLAY JENKINS
DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE

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March 21, 2020 2:21 PM

Dallas County Reports 21 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases


DALLAS -- As of 10:00 am March 21, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 21 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 95. Of the cases reported to date, over 40% now have no history of recent travel outside of Texas or no known close contact with a confirmed case, indicating community transmission locally. New cases will reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Community spread is accelerating rapidly but not as fast as it would without the way this community is stepping up,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “The responsible actions of the people of Dallas County are helping to slow the spread of the virus. That’s critical for the healthcare supply chain and vaccination work to catch up and for our healthcare system to not be overwhelmed with patients. #StayCalmStayHome #FlattenTheCurve.”

The case count at the following link will only include county residents:
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Most employees who work within the City of Dallas have a right to paid sick leave. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

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.

Additional information is available at the following websites:
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/travelers/index.html
• DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
• DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

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March 20, 2020 6:17 PM

City of Mesquite updates its services and programs.
March 20, 2020 – In response to the coronavirus pandemic situation, the City of Mesquite will make the following temporary adjustments to its services beginning March 23:
• The March 23 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting will be held by conference call.
• The April 6 City Council Meeting has been canceled.
• Collection of residential recycling will be discontinued until further notice, and recyclable items will be included in the normal solid waste collection service to maximize staffing and service to all customers.
• Mesquite Animal Shelter will remain open, however will operate with social distancing practices with no more than 10 customers in the facility at any given time.
• Social distancing will be implemented for customer payments in the water utility billing office and tax office at City Hall, as well as with building and rental property inspections.
• Mesquite City Hall, located at 757 N. Galloway Ave., has a drive-through payment box located near the front of the building that will accept payments by cash and check to the city for any type of service and customers can use www.cityofmesquite.com/payments to make online payments.

Subscription to a new Coronavirus Updates email/text notification system is available in the Alert Center at www.cityofmesquite.com/NotifyMe and for current City of Mesquite updates, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/Coronavirus.

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March 20, 2020 11:30 AM

#Coronavirus #FlattenTheCurve #StayCalmAndStaySafe

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March 20, 2020

Dallas County Reports 19 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

DALLAS -- As of 10:00 am March 20, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 19 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing to the total case count in Dallas County to 74. New cases will reported as a daily aggregate, with a more detailed summary report updated Tuesdays and Fridays. Of the cases reported to date, multiple clusters of transmission have been noted among attendees of recreational group gatherings and employees in office settings.

Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Please stay safe by staying home and limiting unnecessary trips. Walks are ok but keep 6 feet distancing. It’s up to all of us to #flattenthecurve and #staycalmandstaysafe,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The case count at the following link will only include county residents:
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Most employees who work within the City of Dallas have a right to paid sick leave. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

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.

Additional information is available at the following websites:
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
• DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
• DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

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March 20, 2020 9:38 AM

The City of Mesquite needs your help regarding flushing of disinfecting wipes and paper towels. As these products have flown off the store shelves in response to the coronavirus pandemic we must be vigilant in not flushing them down the toilet and causing severe disruption in the wastewater infrastructure and treatment.

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March 19, 2020 2:17 PM

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders In Accordance With Federal Guidelines To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Abbott was joined for the announcement by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

Commissioner Hellerstedt also announced that he has declared a Public Health Disaster which will give state and local officials additional tools to respond to COVID-19. The Governor's Executive Orders, combined with the Public Health Disaster, provide Texas with enhanced tools and protocols to help state and local partners in their ongoing efforts to respond to, track the progress of, and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Texas.

"The State of Texas is at a pivotal moment in our response to COVID-19, and it is imperative that we act now on preemptive measures to slow the spread of this virus," said Governor Abbott. "One of the most effective ways we can do this is by promoting more social distancing and ensuring Texans avoid large group settings such as bars, restaurants, gyms, and schools where the risk of spreading COVID-19 is high. We must also continue to protect our most vulnerable populations, which is why the State of Texas is barring all visitations at nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities except in the case of critical assistance. Today’s executive orders are precautionary measures that are in line with guidelines from the CDC and they will strengthen Texas’ ability to safeguard our communities and respond to COVID-19. As Texans, we must continue to work collaboratively to slow the spread of this virus and protect public health."

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott:

• Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
• Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
• Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
• Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services.

For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVD-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire.

Under Chapter 81 of the Health and Safety Code, Commissioner Hellerstedt's Public Health Disaster Declaration triggers a number of important tools for state and local officials to respond to COVID-19:
• Texas and local health authorities can more easily require property owners to disinfect, decontaminate, and seal off property that might be contaminated.
• It authorizes health authorities to take additional control measures that they see fit to control and eradicate the threat to public health.
• It streamlines the process for state and local health authorities to invoke the courts to enforce quarantines of individuals.
• Activates enhanced tools for DSHS to collect disease and health information and to share that information with law enforcement personnel and first responders as appropriate.

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March 19, 2020 12:03 PM

Dallas County Reports 20 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

DALLAS -- Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported 20 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 20 cases include:
• We are reporting 20 new cases today, bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 55
• This includes one death which was identified by the Medical Examiner’s office, of an man in his 60’s who was a resident of the city of Richardson. This individual was found deceased in his residence and did not have high-risk chronic health conditions.
• The remaining new cases include: six men and two women in their 30’s, two men and two women in their 50’s, two men and three women in their 60’s, one woman in her 70’s and one woman in her 90’s
• Three persons were hospitalized, including one in a critical care unit; 16 are self-isolating at residences.
• Twelve cases are residents of the city of Dallas, 3 are residents of Garland, 2 are residents of Mesquite, 1 is a resident of Cedar Hill, and 1 is a resident of Farmers Branch.
• Five cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel and 2 are related to international travel
• Three patients are close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
• Six have no source or travel risk factor yet identified, and are therefore indicative of community transmission. Four other cases are still under investigation.
Dallas County will not release further information to protect their privacy.

“Things will get worse before they get better. How bad this gets is directly tied to how well each of you follow the CDC guidelines and exercise smart personal responsibility,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Please also remember to check in on your family, friends and neighbors, especially those who are elderly.”

The case count at the following link will only include county residents:
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php

Most employees who work within the City of Dallas have a right to paid sick leave. Employees of private businesses and nonprofits with six or more employees in Dallas can use their paid sick leave when they are sick or to care for sick family members.

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.

Click here to access City's coronavirus webpage for more information.
March 19, 2020 11:13 AM

The City of Mesquite has closed its Library System and the Mesquite Arts Center.

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March 19, 2020 10:55 AM

We have closed our libraries and the arts center.

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