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.

Information on COVID-19 and Available Resources in Texas

Texans can dial 2-1-1 (option 6) for state-managed information on COVID-19 and local resources on health care, utilities, food, housing and more.

Texas Plan to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made an initial allotment of over 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the State of Texas for the month of December. These vaccines, which should begin arriving in Texas the week of December 14th, will be distributed to qualifying providers across the state who will administer these immunizations based on the Vaccine Distribution Principles developed by the state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. Additional allotments may be made later this month for December, and increased allotments are expected in January and the following months.

DSHS COVID-19 Dashboard Changes

DSHS will be making changes to the DSHS Coronavirus Data Dashboard (both Cases and Tests & Hospital Data dashboards) beginning Friday, December 11, 2020. The most significant changes to come are:

  • Positivity rates: DSHS will retire the positivity rates by lab test reported date and case reported date to focus on the rate by specimen collection date, which provides the most accurate measure of the percentage of positive tests at a given point in time. In addition to the current positivity rate for molecular tests, DSHS will post a positivity rate calculation for antigen tests.
  • Probable cases: DSHS will add the reporting of probable cases statewide and at the county level. Probable cases are those identified through antigen testing or a combination of symptoms and a known exposure without a more likely diagnosis. They will be included in the calculations of active and recovered cases.

City of Irving: 911 Texting Capabilities Now Available

Irving residents can now text 911 in an emergency. Texting 911 is beneficial for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or in a situation where talking could put them at risk. To use the service, write 911 in the recipient’s number field and in the message put the address where emergency personnel need to go and a description of what is happening. 911 service personnel will respond via text message.

City of Irving District 3 Election Runoff: Dec. 8

The City of Irving is currently hosting a runoff election in single-member District 3 between Mark Zeske and Abdul Khabeer on December 8, 2020. Irving operates under a council-manager form of government where the council sets city policy and the city manager is responsible for organizational operations. Residents elect a mayor and eight council members to serve the city. All council members are elected for three-year terms. Elected officials are under a mixed system of single-member districts and at-large seats.

City of Coppell Place 5 Election Runoff: Dec. 8

The City of Coppell is currently hosting a runoff election in single-member City Council Place 5 between Jim Walker and John Jun on December 8, 2020. Dallas County residents should vote at Coppell Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd. Denton County residents should vote at Flower Mound Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd. Information about voting locations and candidates can be found here.

City of Dallas Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Mayor Eric Johnson has announced a new task force that will make recommendations meant to help turn Dallas into a top city for startup businesses and entrepreneurs. The Task Force will focus primarily on what the City of Dallas can do to attract, retain, and support startup companies. The group will also explore the actions that other governmental agencies, higher education institutions, and private sector partners can take to improve the already burgeoning startup culture in Dallas. The mayor has asked the task force to put their recommendations in the form of a report, which will be due by April 30, 2021. The report will be presented to the mayor’s office and to the office of City Councilmember Tennell Atkins, who chairs the Economic Development Committee. More information about the task force can be found here.

Texas Businesses Against Trafficking Conference

Texas businesses are invited to join the 2nd Annual Texas Businesses Against Trafficking Conference, hosted by the Office of the Texas Secretary of State on December 8th. For more information on the TBAT program, visit sos.texas.gov/tbat/, and register for the virtual event at bit.ly/TBAT_2020.

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