JANUARY 25th COVID INFO UPDATE FROM DALLAS COUNTY, STATE OF TEXAS, & MULTIPLE NEWS OUTLETS

DeSoto, TX - As of Noon on January 25, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 1,698 new “real-time” COVID-19 positive cases. This included confirmed cases from 1,476 PCR tests and 222 probable cases from lab-confirmed antigen tests.

Dallas County also reported 22 new COIVD-19 deaths including the loss of a DeSoto woman in her 90’s who had been hospitalized and had underlying high risk health conditions .

You can help to stop these deaths and the spread of this killer virus by following the medically proven precautions against COVID-19. Wear a mask. Socially distance, avoid crowds & gatherings and keep your hands clean. If you need groceries or restaurant meals please choose curbside pick-ups or deliveries.

Dallas HHS will be at the DeSoto Senior Activity Center Tuesday, Jan 26th, from 10 AM until 2 PM to register DeSoto Seniors for vaccinations and to schedule vaccination appointments for DeSoto Seniors who are already registered with Dallas County but don’t yet have an appointment. No vaccinations will be given at this event.updates on covid

DeSoto Seniors who just want to register for vaccinations can also do so over the phone by calling Dallas County’s Vaccination Hotline at 469-749-9900 or through the DeSoto Senior Activity Center at 972-230-5825. https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/.../COVID-19-VACCINATION...

18,859 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic, which started operations on Monday, January 11. DCHHS has received an allotment of 9,000 doses from the State of Texas for this week’s operations.

To register with Dallas County for the vaccine, visit the County at http://www.dallascounty.org/covi.../covid-19-vaccination.php or call their Vaccination hotline at 469-749-9900. Information and assistance in Spanish are also offered via those contacts.

Dallas County and the City of DeSoto strongly encourage all of our residents, especially Seniors and those with high-risk health conditions, to register with the County. If you have any history of severe allergic reactions please also consult your doctor.

Dallas HHS News Release for January 25th: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/.../1252021-Press-Release...

Here is a link to a PDF of Dallas County’s COVID Vaccination Hotline flyer: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/.../011321-COVID19-Vaccine...

And here is a link to frequently asked questions in English and Spanish about their mass vaccination clinic at Fair Park. https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/.../Fair-Park-Mass...

Any Dallas County resident can call the DCHHS Vaccine Registration Hotline to register over the phone at 469-749-9900. DeSoto residents can also get help navigating the registration process from our fine city. 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.

You can download and print a two-page vaccination information flyer from the City of DeSoto that tells how to register with Dallas County for a COVID-19 vaccination. It duplicates much of the information that you just read and was created to print out and share with someone you know who wants to register but who does not have direct access to the internet: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/.../11121-DeSoto-COVID...

If you want to keep track of the number of cumulative COVID-19 cases there have been in DeSoto or any other cities in Dallas County since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic, here are two official links from Dallas County. The second link provides interactive maps that can give you a snapshot of cases and other key factors. Please note: DeSoto does not maintain this data. We are simply sharing it here. While we are sharing these links with you here, follow up questions should be directed to Dallas County via their website:

Dallas County Cities COVID Cases: Please look under Dallas County Summary of Cases by City Distribution at https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/

Interactive Map and Data on Demand via Dallas County: https://covid-analytics-pccinnovation.hub.arcgis.com/

Dallas County has published a detailed list of doctors’ recommendations for staying safe at this time of high spread, and you can view it at www.DallasCountyCOVID.org.

Here is some additional information on vaccinations from the State of Texas: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

Dallas County also provided their updated quarantine guidance document which you can also view here: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/.../DCPH-DCHHS-COVID-19...

TDEM Situation Report for January 25th: https://olympus.soc.texas.gov/serv.../Sitrep/GetFile.aspx...

COVID Testing Location Listings from County & State:

Dallas County/Parkland Drive-Through Testing Site at the Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas, TX 75232, is normally open from Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. or until the testing limit is reached. This facility is closed on Sundays. https://www.parklandhospital.com/.../ellis-davis-field...

Listing of Test Sites from Dallas County: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/testing-locations.php

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

(Please note: Current information about the above testing locations and other valuable information can be accessed 24/7 by using the links provided in the Dallas County and TDEM News Releases that we provide you with every day. For the latest info about Texas 2-1-1 community resources on COVID-19 dial 2-1-1.)

Finally, the stress of living through the COVID-19 Pandemic is difficult for all but more stressful for some. There’s nothing wrong with that and we encourage all who need it to reach out for help. The State of Texas has a Mental Health Support Line that can make a big difference and you can call them toll-free at 833-986-1919 to speak with a mental health professional for help dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. You can also find out more about the State’s COVID mental health resources here: https://dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/mental-health.aspx

COVID News:

Dallas Morning News: COVID-19 pandemic concerns force Texas Gov. Greg Abbott into a televised state of the state speech https://www.dallasnews.com/.../covid-19-pandemic.../

WJZ CBS 13 Baltimore: 38 Capitol Police Officers Test Positive For COVID-19 After U.S. Capitol Riot https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/.../38-capitol-police.../

Wall Street Journal: You Tested Positive for Covid-19. Now What? https://www.wsj.com/.../you-tested-positive-for-covid-19...

CNN: What to do, and not do, before and after your Covid vaccine shot https://www.cnn.com/.../covid-19-vaccine-dos.../index.html

KOMO Seattle News: 2,000 vaccinated at Amazon's COVID-19 pop-up clinic https://komonews.com/.../2000-vaccinated-at-amazons-covid...