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.

Approaching Flu Season and Illness Prevention

With cold and flu season beginning and COVID-19 still spreading in Texas, now is a perfect time to get a flu shot. While the flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, it will slow the circulation of flu in Texas and keep people out of the hospital, conserving medical resources needed to care for COVID-19 patients. DSHS encourages people to seek treatment promptly if they are experiencing flu symptoms. Antiviral drugs may help shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of when symptoms begin. You can find locations providing flu shots here.

Texas Plan to Allocate COVID-19 Treatment Medicines

According to Governor Abbott, the State of Texas has prepared allocation plans to swiftly distribute medicines and vaccines that are now becoming available to treat COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the immediate use of an antibody drug called bamlanivimab that has been shown to improve the symptoms of people who contract the virus and prevent hospitalizations. The drug is authorized for patients at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19, including people 65 and older, or who have certain pre-existing medical conditions. One other treatment is currently awaiting approval from the FDA. More information about the state’s preparations can be found here.

Historic Downtown Carrollton

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the US. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. CPR/AED virtual classes are being offered this fall by Carrollton Texas Fire Rescue. Sign up today under ‘virtual programs’ here.

Historic Downtown Carrollton: Cocoa for Coats

Head to Historic Downtown Carrollton next Saturday, November 14 from 5-7pm and swap your lightly worn coats or winter garments such as hats, gloves, and scarves for a “cup of cocoa kit” as the City partners with Metrocrest Services to provide those in need in our community with a key component to staying warm this winter. Unused items are also accepted. You can find more information about the event and how to donate here.

CareCenter Ministries’ Thanksgiving Care Box Giveaway

On November 21st at 10:30am, Dallas families in need are invited to pick up a free care box which will include goods to create a Thanksgiving dinner from CareCenter Ministries. Registration is not necessary, and all boxes are first come first serve. More information about the event can be found here.

City of Dallas: Deck the Plaza

Deck the Plaza is BACK in a safer format to prevent the spread of COVID-19! This year’s festival of lights will be contactless, socially distant and full of holiday cheer. Celebrate on Saturday, November 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. More information about the event can be found here.

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