COVID-19 INFORMATION - CITY OF DESOTO
Additional helpful links for our residents during these difficult times:
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
COVID-19 Information from Dallas County Health and Human Services
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.
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:
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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.
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.
INTERACTIVE COVID-19 TESTING MAP ACCESSIBLE VIA LINK BELOW:
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 best evidence available indicates the risk of severe illness begins to increase with people age 50 and increases with age. The highest risk group 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.
DID YOU KNOW?:
THE CITY OF DESOTO HAS PROVIDED $325,000 IN COVID-19 RELATED WATER AND SEWER RELIEF TO OUR RESIDENTS!
COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANTS & CDBG-FUNDS: Round Two Application Deadline Ended On Friday, July 31st At 4 PM
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.
Employees 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. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-224-3565.
Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan issued Amended COVID-19 Orders on behalf of DeSoto that both mirror and support those issued by Judge Clay Jenkins for the people of Dallas County. It is a part of the coordinated effort within the County to combat the spread of COVID-19. You can view the Mayor’s Orders here.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES:
- 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