Stay Home Stay Safe
Update: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has extended the Safer-At-Home order effective April 3, 2020 and continuing through April 30, 2020.
Several resources regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) are provided below – local/county, state, and federal links to articles and websites that will help you navigate through some of the amended issues ordered on March 22, 2020.
Please remember we must all do our part to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Each step of prevention you take could help save a patient that may need testing or hospital treatment.
Our team will be monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates. Please visit our social media and website page daily for helpful reminders and important articles.
We are a resilient community and will get through this together.
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Summary of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Amended Order
- All individuals living in Dallas County (including Irving) are ordered to shelter at their place of residence, which includes hotels, motels, shared rentals and similar facilities.
- Residents may leave for essential activities, to perform essential government activities or operate essential businesses.
- All businesses operating within Dallas County must cease all activities at facilities located within the County except for Minimum Basic Operations.
- Business may continue operations with employees working exclusively from their residences (working from home).
- Essential businesses must comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines (pages 13 & 14) and employees are required to telecommute when possible.
- Employers are prohibited to require negative COVID test or a note from a healthcare provider before the employee can return to work.
- All public or private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household are prohibited.
- All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited in Dallas County.
- With limited exceptions, no person can sell groceries, beverages, toilet article, and ice; restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals; and medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment and supplies for more than the regular retail price the person charge on March 16, 2020.
- Toilet tissue sales are limited to 12 rolls or one package per purchase. This does not apply to government organizations or essential businesses.
- Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
- Eviction hearings and writs of possession will be suspended for 60 days and late fees are capped at $15/month to protect renters. This does not relieve tenants of liability for unpaid rent.*
- For any household with someone who has tested positive, all household members are ordered to isolate at home.
- Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are ordered to prohibit non-essential visits excluding critical assistance or end-of-life visitation.
- Manufacturers who retool their business to produce ventilators, masks, PPE, or other supplies for Essential Healthcare operations may apply for any “essential business” exemption at: BusinessCOVID19@dallascounty.org. Rules for manufacturers and distributors.
- Laboratories performing COVID-19 testing in Dallas County shall report the number of COVID-19 tests performed and the number of positive tests by 5:00 p.m. each day for the prior 24-hour period. Details of how to report are outlined in item 5 (page 7) in the Amended Order.
- Delivery hour restrictions are lifted for transport to entities selling or distributing food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Dallas County.
- The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Marshal’s Office, and other peace officers are authorized to enforce this order through criminal or civil enforcement, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.
- Rules for Essential Retailers are outlined in Exhibit A (pages 9 & 10) and Rules for the Construction Industry are outlined in Exhibit B (pages 11 & 12) in the Amended Order.
Summary courtesy of irvingtexas.com
Small Business Resources (CARES Act)
The CARES Act – Payroll Protection Program will be available for small businesses and sole proprietorships beginning tomorrow, April 3, 2020. Then, beginning April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply. This program will be helpful to small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) in our community.
Local Small Business Administration Contact Info:
150 Westpark Way Ste. 130
Euless, Texas 76040
Is your business considered essential?
Here is a list of Dallas County jobs that can continue operating while following social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart).
‘Essential’ health care businesses
- In-home health care for seniors, adults or children
- Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
- Health care suppliers
- Mental health providers
- Substance-abuse service providers
- Blood banks
- Medical research facilities
- Laboratory services
- Veterinary care for animals
‘Essential’ government functions
- Government functions that are “needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public” are broadly included.
‘Essential’ infrastructure businesses
- Public works construction
- Residential and commercial construction
- Airport operations
- Water, sewer, gas and electrical businesses
- Oil refining
- Road and highway work
- Public transportation (including DART rail and buses)
- Solid waste collection and removal
- Internet and telecommunications systems businesses
- Financial institutions
- Defense and national security-related operations
- Essential manufacturing operations
‘Essential’ retail businesses
- Grocery stores
- Warehouse stores
- Big-box stores
- Liquor stores
- Gas stations and convenience stores
- Farmers markets that sell food products and household staples
- Businesses that ship or deliver groceries directly to homes
- Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food are only permitted to remain open for delivery or carryout services
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
- Automotive suppliers as well as auto and bicycle repair services
- Hardware stores
- Any business that supplies products needed for people to work remotely during the pandemic
- Businesses that provide social services and services necessary to life for the economically disadvantaged
- Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
- Mail and shipping services
- Building cleaning and maintenance
- Warehouse, distribution and fulfillment services
- Storage services for essential businesses included in this list
- Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and operations of residences and businesses included in this list
- Professional services such as legal and accounting services for businesses included in this list
- News media
- Child care facilities that provide services to employees of businesses included in this list.
Who to Help and How
Offer hope to those working hardest in the community during these uncertain times. By supporting an Irving nonprofit through a monetary or item donation, you’re giving right back to your own neighbors. Explore our Irving Nonprofit Guide to find out who and how to help.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Sites
8 am-8 pm
Criteria for drive-thru testing:
- Shortness of breath
- A temperature of 99.6 or higher when tested
Any individual exhibiting all three of these symptoms can be tested.
Do’s and Don’ts
- DO keep your social distancing while exercising and walking your pets outside. The distance between you and others must be at least 6 feet.
- DO continue supporting your local restaurants, microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and wineries by ordering to go meals and beverages or having your meals and beverages delivered. Click here for a comprehensive list of Las Colinas restaurants offering delivery and take-out options.
- DO minimize exposure by working remotely from home if you are not considered an essential services employee. Click here to review social distancing guidelines for essential businesses (pages 6-7).
- DO stay at home if you are not running an essential errand, such as going to the grocery store or doctor’s office.
- DO check on your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and vulnerable populations by calling them, communicating through Facetime, or others ways of virtual interface.
- DO avoid people who are sick.
- DO wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- DO try an alternative greeting instead of shaking hands, such as a wave.
- DO monitor your health and follow public health officials’ and CDC guidance if you have recently traveled and returned from a country, state, or region with ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections.
- DO follow Las Colinas Association’s social media and website for daily updates.
- DON’T gather – all gatherings, public or private, outside a household are banned regardless of size.
- DON’T have your child attend daycare if anyone in the household is sick.
- DON’T touch your face.
- DON’T engage in any outdoor activity that does not comply with the 6 feet of social distancing order. Click here to review social distancing guidelines.
- DON’T visit medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities, even if you are not ill.
- DON’T attend religious and worship services – you may watch online, video, or by teleconference.
- DON’T travel; suspend any nonessential employee travel.
- DON’T eat or drink from another’s plate or cup.
- DON’T be unprepared – have a plan and don’t panic.