DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins announced a local disaster report Thursday for a public health emergency.
This after announcing five more cases of coronavirus in Dallas County, bringing the total to eight.
The last patients were a 70 year old woman, a 40 year old man, a 50 year old man, a 60 year old man and a 60 year old woman.
One of the new cases has no travel history, which means there has been a spread in the community.
Two of the patients are hospitalized. Three isolate at home.
Four of the five are residents of Dallas. One is from Balch Springs.
“We have a spread in the community, so now it’s up to all of us to do everything we can to keep it from spreading,” said Justice Jenkins.
The decision on the declaration was made after consultation with Dallas County public health and health and social services officials.
“Although we are discouraged by the likely spread of the community, this was expected given what we have seen in other communities across the country and around the world. I urge all residents to continue to assess their personal risk and the individual mitigation activities they can do reduce their own risks. Personal actions around basic hygiene and social isolation are some of our best public health tools, ”added Dr. Philip Huang, Director of Dallas County Health and Social Services.
Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday March 13 at 11 a.m. on Friday March 20, residents are prohibited from holding community gatherings of more than 500 people.
Justice Jenkins stated that gatherings of 250 or more people are discouraged in Dallas County, but not prohibited.
“This is a serious situation that will get worse before it gets better,” said Justice Jenkins. “There are a lot of people who still don’t understand the gravity of the situation.”