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.
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. Information about the vaccine can be found here.
Dallas County COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Website
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has 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 to go here 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Updates
This week, the Department of State Health Services announced the rollout of large vaccine hub events that will begin next week. The goal of these hubs is to provide more people with the vaccine as well as a simpler way to sign up for vaccination appointments. The list of hubs can be found here. Dallas County will be opening a mass vaccine location in Fair Park on Monday. The hub providers will receive 158,825 doses of vaccine based on the number of people each provider estimated it could serve in a week. An additional 38,300 doses will go to other providers to continue vaccination in communities statewide. Vaccine has been administered to residents of all 254 Texas counties. Information about the vaccines can be found in English here and in Spanish here.
COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Centers Established in D-FW
Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has established two new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion centers in Fort Worth and Irving. The infusion centers will begin accepting patients on Monday and have been provided with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies and bamlanivimab to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 who meet certain criteria and who have a referral from a hospital or doctor. Previous centers have been established in El Paso, Laredo, Harlingen, and Austin to help communities combat COVID-19 and reduce hospitalizations. The announcement can be found here.
Texas Holocaust and Genocide Committee Texas Educator Award
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) is now accepting applications for the 5th Annual Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Texas Educator Award. The winner of this award will receive a check for $1,000, funded by Dr. Anna Steinberger of Houston who escaped the Holocaust and served as a commissioner on the THGC. The award is annually presented to one full-time classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, or librarian. The applicant must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, have three years of experience working with students, and have a record of teaching or actively supporting the teaching of the Holocaust and/or genocides in the Ottoman Empire, Cambodia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Sudan, and the Middle East (Syria/Iraq) to Texas students in grades 6 – 12. All application materials must be received electronically by 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Visit here for more information and the online application.
City of Coppell City Council Election Filing: Now Open
City of Coppell candidate filing for the May 1, 2021 election opened on January 13. The City of Coppell will host a City Council Candidate Orientation for citizens who are interested in running for City Council. The Orientation will be held on January 21, 2021, at 6 pm, in Council Chambers at Town Center, 255 Parkway Boulevard. Social distancing will be observed and masks are to be worn. For those interested, the Orientation will also be held in a virtual environment via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link and to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the City Council can be found here.
City of Carrollton Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
The City of Carrollton is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by hosting a FREE memorial parade through the streets of Carrollton. The parade will begin on Rainwater Lane (behind Carrollton City Hall) and proceed west to Josey Lane; south on Josey Lane to Keller Springs Road; east on Keller Springs Road to Kelly Boulevard; south on Kelly Boulevard to end at Ted Polk Middle School (2001 Kelly Boulevard). Call 972-242-0933 or visit here for more information.