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.

Raised Dallas County COVID-19 Threat Level: Level Red

Dallas County has once again raised the COVID-19 threat level to “Red”, meaning that people should now “Stay Home, Stay Safe” and continue to socially distance when leaving the house for essential activities. Public health officials recommend remaining cautious as numbers can continue to increase if social distancing precautions aren’t maintained. More information about the threat level ranking system and current guidelines can be found here.

Early Voting for November Election: Happening Now

Early Voting for the upcoming November 3rd general election will continue through October 30. Voters are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines while at the polls. DART will be offering free rides for voters on all DART bus, light rail, Dallas Streetcar, GoLink and Paratransit service, and on the Trinity Railway Express between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station on October 17, October 24, and on November 3. For those voting by mail, there is the option to hand deliver ballots at your County Elections Department. Each county is offering different drop-off hours, so visit your county’s elections website for more information. You can find more information about how to vote in Texas here.

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.

TEA Announces Supplementary Special Education Services

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has announced the establishment of the Supplementary Special Education Services (SSES) program to connect eligible students with severe cognitive disabilities with additional support for the critical services they require. This student-centered SSES program will help connect Texas families to high-quality, personalized services through a one-time funding allocation that aims to help offset learning disruptions related to COVID-19. Qualifying families will gain access to a targeted spending account to purchase services costing up to $1,500 dollars per eligible student. Through this funding source, Texas families can purchase supplemental supports such as tutoring, therapy, and digital resources through vendors approved and vetted by TEA. Families of students enrolled in public school during the 2020-2021 school year that were enrolled during the initial COVID-19 closures in Spring 2020 and have been identified as having a low incidence disability will qualify. More information can be found here.

Putting Texas Back to Work Webinar Series

TWC is partnering with the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities to host a webinar series themed “Putting Texas Back to Work,” which will highlight how the Texas Workforce system is working with statewide partners to provide tools, training and hiring events inclusive of individuals with disabilities to ensure they access employment opportunities as part of our state’s reopening and economic recovery. Events will occur on October 19, 20, 27, and 28. You can find more information and register here.

Historic Downtown Carrollton Socially Distanced Fall Fun

Celebrate All Hallows Eve at the second annual Ghost Town event on Saturday, October 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Historic Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) – If You Dare! There will be a drive-through trick or treat, halloween movie presentation, scavenger hunt, virtual costume contest, and more. All fall City programs and events are offered with the community’s health and safety top of mind. Social distancing and frequent sanitization are performed for onsite programs. More information about activities can be found here.

Old Town Coppell Socially Distanced Fall Fun

Come out in your spookiest Halloween costumes to trick-or-treat in Old Town, 768 W. Main Street, on Saturday, October 24 for Scare on the Square, hosted by Old Town businesses! From 11 am – 2 pm, participating local businesses will be handing out treats to little ghosts and ghouls. More information can be found here.

Dallas Heritage Village Socially Distanced Fall Fun

Join the City of Dallas and Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano for a contactless drive-thru Candy Caravan this Halloween. Pull up in your car, caravan with us and leave with a bag of treats. This event is outside and attendees must remain in their car at all times. You can register for this free event here.

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