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. They are also distributing four 3-ply surgical masks to every Texan who undergoes COVID-19 testing at state-run mobile test collection sites. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map.
TMA COVID-19 Activity Risk Chart
The Texas Medical Association has created a chart detailing the level of risk associated with certain activities. The goal of this chart is to help inform individuals of the risk associated with activities before they choose to partake. You can access the chart here.
Metrocrest Services in Need of Hygiene Products
Metrocrest Services Food Pantry is in urgent need of hygiene item donations. You can drop off items during Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m at 13801 Hutton Dr., Suite 150. Farmers Branch, TX 75234 (drive around to the back to unload donations). Monetary donations are also being accepted here. If you are in need of assistance, please visit the Metrocrest website for more information here.
Free School Supplies at Back-to-School Drive-Thru Festival
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s Back-to-School Drive-Thru Festival is a free event that offers registered attendees a backpack filled with school supplies for the upcoming academic year. Students may also receive other necessary items such as school uniforms, socks and underwear while supplies last. Registration ends on July 30; parents can register their children here.
The MLK Back-to-School Drive-Thru Festival is also looking for donations and volunteers. Donations of socks, underwear, t-shirts and undershirts can be delivered to the MLK, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Those who want to lend a helping hand can call (214) 670-8418 to register as a volunteer. For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com.
Dallas Public Library Shares Historic Pandemic Stories
Dallas Public Library is capturing the monumental COVID-19 experiences of Dallasites in two new projects: a micro-podcast available on SoundCloud, titled Podcasting in Place to share recordings of epic stories, and an online magazine, DalLibZine, that publishes recent artwork by local professionals and amateurs. Each episode from Podcasting in Place shares the stories of Dallas residents who are directly affected by Covid-19. The first two episodes are out now, with more being recorded. DalLibZine launched June 1 with a collection of artworks surrounding the theme of coping. This theme is designed to inspire community, hope, and resilience in a time when people are feeling increasingly disconnected. To share your personal stories with the Podcasting in Place audience, email firstname.lastname@example.org.