COVID-19 INFORMATION - CITY OF DESOTO

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The City of DeSoto strongly encourages all of our residents, especially Seniors and those with high-risk health conditions, to register with Dallas County HHS for their COVID-19 vaccinations online at: http://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.php  

 Dallas County HHS coordinates the vaccination process which is presently vaccinating pre-registered and confirmed residents in phase 1A or phase 1B as defined by DSHS

 DeSoto Seniors who do not have access to the internet can obtain help with registration over the phone from the DeSoto Senior Activity Center by calling 972-230-5825 during regular hours. 

Public computers are available in the DeSoto Public Library for persons without internet access so that they can register online. Library staff will not be registering residents but can direct people over the phone or in the library to the Dallas HHS vaccinations page and online form. 

 Residents with general questions about vaccinations and how to register can contact the DeSoto Public Library’s Information Desk at 972-230-9661. 

Here is a breakdown of Phase 1A (both tiers) & Phase 1B:

PHASE 1A FIRST TIER

1. Paid and unpaid workers in hospital settings working directly with patients who are positive or at high risk for COVID-19. Such as but not limited to: (a) Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.) (b) Additional clinical staff providing supporting laboratory, pharmacy, diagnostic and/or rehabilitation services (c) Others having direct contact with patients or infectious materials

2. Long-term care staff working directly with vulnerable residents. Includes: (a) Direct care providers at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and state-supported living centers( b) Physicians, nurses, personal care assistants, custodial, food service staff

3. EMS providers who engage in 9-1-1 emergency services like pre-hospital care and transport

4. Home health care workers, + hospice care, who directly interface with vulnerable and high-risk patients

5. Residents of long-term care facilities

 1 PHASE 1A SECOND TIER

1. Staff in outpatient care settings who interact with symptomatic patients. Such as but not limited to: (a) Physicians, nurses, and other support staff (custodial staff, etc.) (b) Clinical staff providing diagnostic, laboratory, and/or rehabilitation services (c) Non-9-1-1 transport for routine care (d) Healthcare workers in corrections and detention facilities

2. Direct care staff in freestanding emergency medical care facilities and urgent care clinics

3. Community pharmacy staff who may provide direct services to clients, including vaccination or testing for individuals who may have COVID

4. Public health and emergency response staff directly involved in administration of COVID testing and vaccinations

5. Last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19. Includes: (a) Embalmers and funeral home workers who have direct contact with decedents (b) Medical examiners and other medical certifiers who have direct contact with decedents

6. School nurses who provide health care to students and teachers

PHASE 1B

· People 65 years of age and older 

· People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:

· Cancer

· Chronic kidney disease

· COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

· Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies

· Solid organ transplantation

· Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)

· Pregnancy

· Sickle cell disease

· Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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 To Download in PDF: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/18595/11121-DeSoto-COVID-Assistance-Flyer-Final


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DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (DCHHS) 

OPENED UP A COVID-19 VACCINATION REGISTRATION 

AND PRE-SCREENING SITE FOR DALLAS

 

COUNTY RESIDENTS IN PHASE 1A OR 1B, AS OUTLINED BY THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES (DSHS). WHILE VACCINE SUPPLY IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, DCHHS ANTICIPATES RECEIVING ADDITIONAL SUPPLY IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS. THE REGISTRATION WEBSITE IS FOR VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY ONLY AT DCHHS, AND NOT FOR ALL PROVIDERS WITHIN DALLAS COUNTY.  DALLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN GO TO:

 https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.php

TO REGISTER, BE PRE-SCREENED AND RECEIVED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE COVID-19 VACCINE. REGISTRANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF NEXT STEPS AS ADDITIONAL VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE REGISTRATION IS FOR DALLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY WHO ARE IN PHASE 1A OR PHASE 1B AS DEFINED BY DSHS.  

 

SERVICIOS HUMANOS Y DE SALUD DEL CONDADO DE DALLAS (DCHHS) ABRIÓ UN SITIO DE PREEVALUACIÓN Y REGISTRO DE VACUNACIÓN COVID-19 PARA DALLAS RESIDENTES DEL CONDADO EN LA FASE 1A O 1B, SEGÚN LO DESCRITO POR EL DEPARTAMENTO DE SERVICIOS DE SALUD DEL ESTADO DE TEXAS (DSHS). SI BIEN EL SUMINISTRO DE VACUNAS ES EXTREMADAMENTE LIMITADO, DCHHS ANTICIPA RECIBIR SUMINISTRO ADICIONAL EN LAS PRÓXIMAS SEMANAS Y MESES. EL SITIO WEB DE REGISTRO ES PARA ELEGIBILIDAD PARA LA VACUNACIÓN SOLO EN DCHHS, Y NO PARA TODOS LOS PROVEEDORES DENTRO DEL CONDADO DE DALLAS. LOS RESIDENTES DEL CONDADO DE DALLAS PUEDEN IR A: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.php

PARA REGISTRARSE, SER PRE-EVALUADOS Y RECIBIR INFORMACIÓN ADICIONAL SOBRE LA VACUNA COVID-19. LOS INSCRITOS SERÁN NOTIFICADOS DE LOS PRÓXIMOS PASOS. A MEDIDA QUE SE DISPONGA DE UNA VACUNA ADICIONAL. EL REGISTRO ES SOLO PARA LOS RESIDENTES DEL CONDADO DE DALLAS QUE SE ENCUENTRAN EN LA FASE 1A O LA FASE 1B SEGÚN LO

 

 

State of Texas Department of State Health Services Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine 

in English and in Spanish/Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas

Información sobre la vacuna COVID-19 en inglés y en español


COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

 

Información sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19 https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine-sp.aspx

 


Helpful links for our residents during these difficult times:


TXU Energy Provides Customer Assistance During Coronavirus Pandemic

Help For Businesses Available from Texas Comptroller

NTBHA Offers COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Atmos Energy Assists Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Veterans have multiple resources for COVID-19 information

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) serves as DeSoto’s public health department and is 
providing up-to-date information to residents on COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Follow this link to DCHHS information.

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DESOTO TOGETHER HEADER

The DeSoto Economic Recovery Advisory Task Force has been working hard to help move DeSoto forward during

 the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pastor Marcus D. King is Chair of the Task Force’s Target Populations Sub Committee, 

and he and his team have produced this great "DeSoto Together" COVID-19 resource document with the City 

of DeSoto for our residents who might find it helpful. Thank you, Pastor King and team for all that you are doing 

for DeSoto at this difficult time! This document can be viewed below or you can link to three versions of it

 for your use on our website:

PDF Version: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/17201/DeSoto_Together_flyer_10x15

JPG 10 x 13 Version: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/17195/DeSoto_Together_flyer_10x15

JPG Poster Size Version:  https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/17196/DeSoto_Together_poster_20x30

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COVID Testing Location Listings: 

From Dallas County: 

https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/testing-locations.php

From the State of Texas:  https://tdem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1e91fb79fa44417898738e5bff31a3d8/

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INTERACTIVE COVID-19 TESTING MAP ACCESSIBLE VIA LINK BELOW:

The State of Texas has put together an interactive map for drive-through COVID 19 testing sites as well as other private sector testing locations: https://tdem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1e91fb79fa44417898738e5bff31a3d8/

COVID TESTING MAP

-DESOTO RESIDENTS CAN GET FREE COVID-19 TESTING 

AND FLU SHOTS AT THE ELLIS DAVIS FIELD HOUSE

 

DeSoto residents can be tested for COVID-19 and receive their flu shots for free at the

Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk Street in Dallas. It is operated for Dallas County by 

Parkland Hospital and the City of DeSoto assists its operations. 

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HTTP://WWW.PARKLANDHOSPITAL.COM/ELLISDAVIS

Los residentes de DeSoto pueden hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 y recibir sus vacunas contra la gripe de forma gratuita en Ellis Davis Field House en 9191 S. Polk Street en Dallas. Es operado para el condado de Dallas por Parkland Hospital, y la ciudad de DeSoto ayuda en sus operaciones.



FLIER Ellis Davis Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine 092420RH SPANISH

HTTP://WWW.PARKLANDHOSPITAL.COM/ELLISDAVIS

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Who is at risk?

While most people diagnosed with COVID-19 will present mild symptoms and eventually recover, there are members of the population that are more at risk.  The CDC says the best evidence available indicates the risk of severe illness begins to increase with people age 50 and increases with age.  The highest risk groups are persons age 80 and over and those with underlying medical conditions.

How to protect yourself and others

Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions at home, at work, or out in the community:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU HAVE COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control provides the following advice for persons who believe that they might have contracted COVID-19. Please follow their advice to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

DID YOU KNOW?: 

THE CITY OF DESOTO HAS PROVIDED $325,000 IN COVID-19 RELATED WATER AND SEWER RELIEF TO OUR RESIDENTS!


Water Rebate Two

                                       

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In April 2020, Mayor McCowan assigned City Manager Brandon Wright to form an Economic Recovery Advisory Task Force operated by senior city managers and local business and civic leaders that would work together on new ways to fight COVID-19 in the community with a special emphasis on helping impacted small businesses get back on their feet and move forward. In a relatively short period of time, the City of DeSoto’s Economic Recovery Advisory Task Force generated the following results: 

 

  • Conducted business/marketing outreach and facilitated the Small Business Grant Program application process.

  • Provided the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce with 22,000 masks to distribute to businesses and at events including two peaceful demonstrations following the tragic killing of George Floyd.

  • Provided the DeSoto ISD with 1,250 reusable facemasks for students participating in the school lunch program.

  • Donated several cases of bottled water to ISD’s athletic program to substitute for higher risk reusable plastic containers.

  • Partnered with the Dallas Behavior Medical Center to produce educational videos and provide COVID-19 support to students, staff, and parents.

  • Held a mask and hand sanitizer giveaway for several thousand DeSoto residents.

  • Produced a "DeSoto Together" COVID-19 resource document for DeSoto residents distributed in person, online, on local STAR Transit shuttle buses, and reprinted in a recent Sunday Edition of Focus Daily News.


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FACE MASKS ARE NOW REQUIRED AT DALLAS COUNTY (DESOTO) BUSINESSES:

 Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on June 19, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on August 4, 2020.

Effective June 19, 2020, all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy. The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings. Commercial entities must post the Health and Safety Policy required by this Executive Order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements. Failure to develop and implement the Health and Safety Policy required by this Executive Order within five (5) calendar days following the Effective Date may result in a fine not to exceed $500 for each violation.

Click here to view the full order. 

More Information and visual resources for businesses:

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Chamber MaskEmployees of DeSoto Businesses should be wearing facemasks to protect their customers and businesses should also be providing facemasks to customers who are not already wearing them. Not only does this help to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, but it will encourage customers to patronize your business because they will know that you are making every effort to keep your business safe.

 If you operate a DeSoto business and are in need of facemasks you should contact the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce to request a limited supply of free facemasks.  marketing@desotochamber.org or call 972-224-3565.  

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ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES:

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: 


https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/

 

All Dallas County COVID guidance documents can be found here: 


https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php

 

  • Specific Guidance for the Public: 
  • Dallas County COVID-19 Related Health Guidance for the Public
  • Dallas County Measures for Protecting An Institution’s Workforce from COVID-19 Infection: Employer/Employee Guidance 
  • Dallas County Guidance for Individuals at High-Risk for Severe COVID-19  

 

Additional information is available 24/7 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


CITY FACILITIES NOW OPEN ON A LIMITED BASIS:

CITY HALL:

On Monday, May 18th, in conjunction with Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas, DeSoto’s City Hall, and some other important facilities reopened to the public on a graduated basis. The reopening was designed to maintain essential safety guidelines established by the CDC and Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. City Hall, the DeSoto Public Library, and Recreation Center had been closed to the public since March 23rd as part of the coordinated effort with national, state, county, and local partners to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition to paying in person, water bill payments can be made online at www.desototexas.gov/billpay or via the automated phone system by dialing 855-748-6063. Water customers can also dial 972-230-9627 to speak with a Utility Billing representative during normal business hours for general water account information. Check and money order payments can be placed in the after-hours drop box behind City Hall. 

For the safety of everyone, residents who are running a fever, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have had close contact within the last 14 days with someone who has or is believed to have COVID-19 will be prohibited from entry. Visitors are asked to comply with the following guidelines while in City Hall:

• Refrain from bringing visitors into the building 

• Sanitize hands • Clean any surfaces after use with supplied materials

• Maintain six feet of separation 

• Wear a mask or face covering

• Refrain from loitering in the building

 • Refrain from visiting staff members 

Parks & Recreation:

DeSoto’s Recreation Center is open on a limited basis with safety restrictions. Patrons have access to the Fitness Center weekdays, but the Center has a limited capacity. Patrons will be required to schedule an appointment for 45 minutes per visit. Member access will be allowed during modified hours. Upon arrival, please present your membership card to the facility staff.

Operation Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM

Register for free
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49ABAB22A4FC1-fitness

Also open is the Recreation Center’s walking track and gymnasium, personal training, athletic practices,  group exercises, and indoor leagues. The BMX Complex was also reopened as were playgrounds and restrooms. However, safety and operational concerns require that the Moseley Pool and the Civic Center will remain closed this season.

For the safety of everyone, residents who are running a fever, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have had close contact within the last 14 days with someone who has or is believed to have COVID-19 will be prohibited from entry.

Visitors are asked to comply with the following guidelines.

• Sanitize hands
• Clean any surfaces before and after use
• Maintain social distancing - six feet of separation
• Mask or face covering and gloves are required
• Loitering is prohibited
• You can contact the Recreation Center at (972) 230-9655.

Updates will be provided online at www.desototexas.gov/parks and join us on Facebook @desotorec.

 If you have questions or concerns about Parks & Recreation operations, please direct them to department via phone at 972-230-9655 or e-mail them at youthsports@desototexas.gov.

DeSoto Public Library: 

The DeSoto Public Library is open with limited hours and safety restrictions designed to protect both visitors and library staff. Face coverings will be required. The Library and Computer Lab will initially be open weekdays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and will be closed on Sundays. Only 30 visitors will be allowed into the Library at one time for a period of up to two hours per day per visitor. Curbside pick-up service, which was implemented as a customer convenience during the COVID-19 related closure, will remain as a service. Library patrons can reserve materials by calling (972) 230-9665 or visit the DPL Catalog to request items and then pick those materials up curbside between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. .

DeSoto Municipal Court: 

In-person court appearances resumed in City Hall on Monday, May 18th. Court hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Persons who have questions about their cases can text the Court Clerk at (972)737-7558. Those needing to make an appearance before the Judge are still able to meet with the Judge through VIDEO CONFERENCING THE JUDGE by going to https://zoom.us/join, click JOIN a meeting and type in MEETING ID 582-661-129 

The City of DeSoto will continue to post new information related to facilities and COVID-19 issues on our website or Facebook  Nextdoor and Twitter pages as it becomes available. Residents can continue to call the City with general service requests via our Action Center at 972.274.CITY (2489) during normal business hours. Residents with questions related to COVID-19 can dial 2-1-1 and access a 24/7 hotline via 2-1-1 Texas.