These weekly updates will provide the latest news and information on what our community, the state, and the federal government are doing as we face an unprecedented pandemic.

Staying Safe While Staying Festive this New Year

With New Year’s Eve and Day fast approaching, state and local officials have issued guidance for how to have socially distanced fun during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials do not advise participating in traditional New Year’s activities. Large, indoor gatherings and activities that bring you face-to-face with people should be avoided. Indoor New Year’s Eve celebrations such as at bars, clubs or restaurants should be avoided. Instead, officials recommend hosting virtual celebrations with family and friends, watching televised concerts and celebrations, and looking at firework displays in cars with household family members. More information about current Dallas County guidelines can be found here in English and here in Spanish.

State-Run COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with the Texas Military Department, is continuing to run COVID-19 testing locations across the state. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map.

Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations

Texas Health and Human Services has created a map tracking the distribution of and locations providing COVID-19 vaccines. Texans can find providers near them in the coming months by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map. Information about vaccination distribution and availability can also be found here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Updates

Through the first three weeks of vaccine distribution, Texas was allocated 1.2 million doses, with 199 counties covered by the end of the week. Front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities are the first groups to be vaccinated, and the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel will make recommendations about subsequent groups. DSHS has created a video explaining who in Texas will be getting the vaccines first here

This week, Texas also began participation in the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program serving long term care facilities, as well as continued work in allocating to facilities that will vaccinate health care workers listed in Phase 1A.

State-Run Winter Weather Resource Preparations

This week, Governor Abbott placed numerous resources on standby ahead of significant winter weather and potential flash flooding that is expected to impact Texas. As the storm system moves across the state Wednesday and Thursday, West Texas is anticipated to receive heavy snowfall and a wintry mix of precipitation, while central and eastern portions of the state will see severe storms with the potential to produce flash flooding and river flooding. Additionally, TxDOT has begun treating roadways across West Texas ahead of winter weather. Take caution if driving in wintery weather, and make sure outdoor pets have adequate heat sources.

City of Carrollton x Red Cross Blood Drive

On January 4, the American Red Cross will be accepting donations at a Blood Drive donor coach outside of Rosemeade Recreation Center. To schedule an appointment visit and enter sponsor code “CityofCarrollton.” Appointments are required.

GRACE’s Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott has announced that the Governor’s Response Against Child Exploitation (GRACE) initiative will host a statewide interfaith Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking on January 11 through January 17, 2021. The week of prayer coincides with Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the state of Texas and serves as a call to action to the faith-based community to unite in prayer, learn more about human trafficking, and discern opportunities to prevent exploitation and support survivors. GRACE will launch the Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking through a virtual interfaith event on January 11th at 6pm on Facebook.

Daily Prayer Intentions for the Week of Prayer include:

  • Monday, January 11: Pray for an end to human trafficking.
  • Tuesday, January 12: Pray for survivors to find healing.
  • Wednesday, January 13: Pray for all those working on the front line to support survivors.
  • Thursday, January 14: Pray for those working to bring traffickers and exploiters to justice.
  • Friday, January 15: Pray for an end to demand and societal factors that lead to exploitation. 
  • Saturday, January 16: Pray for prevention efforts and those who are vulnerable.
  • Sunday, January 17: Pray for discernment on the actions you can personally take to address human trafficking.

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