10/30: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

Staying Safe While Staying Spooky this Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, state and local officials have issued guidance for how to have socially distanced fun during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials do not advise participating in traditional Halloween activities. Large, indoor gatherings and activities that bring you face-to-face with people should be avoided. Instead, the committee recommends online costume or pumpkin carving parties and contests, car parades where individuals can show off their costumes, home or drive-in movie nights, scavenger hunt style candy searches with household members, and more. If dressing up, build protective masks into costume masks to make a customized, protective mask. Similar distancing guidelines should be followed for Día de los Muertos. More information about guidelines can be found here or here.

Election Day: Coming November 3rd

The last day to vote in the November general election is Election Day: Tuesday, November 3rd. 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 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 track the status of your mail-in ballot at Vote America’s online tool here. 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.

Hiring Red, White, and You: Veteran Job Fair

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is hosting its annual veteran job fair on November 5, 2020. Multiple events will be held through virtual platforms throughout the state, with certain in-person services and resources also available at some sites. Each year, this job fair connections thousands of veterans with employers. More information about the DFW locations and times can be found here.

Dallas Cares Act Rental Assistance

The City of Dallas is offering Dallas residents who suffered job loss or financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19 rental assistance. Eligible individuals can receive up to $5,000 in rental assistance through Dallas’ COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. Eligibility requirements and the application can be found at DallasCaresActRent.org.

Microsoft Expanding Education and Skillsets in TX

Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with the state of Texas, announced new programs and events to address the need for digital and technical skills in the workforce. The digital alliance is intended to create new economic opportunity, close equity and digital skills gaps, and prepare a workforce for the 21st century. Programs will include a range of digital skills programs across the state to address a variety of needs including STEM engagement and talent pipeline growth for students in K-12; professional development for K-16 educators, thought leaders and the education NGO ecosystem; and workforce development for high school and college students, as well as parents seeking opportunities to enhance their technical skills and business acumen. More information about current and future opportunities can be found here.

Texas Open Educational Research Grant Opportunity

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is seeking applications (RFA) for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Course Development and Implementation Grant Program. The competitive grant program will enhance the quality of online course offerings and reduce the costs of educational materials for students at Texas public and independent institutions of higher education. Matching grants will support teams of faculty engaged in the development of new OER materials for online delivery and the redesign of courses using existing OER. Texas institutions can apply for development or implementation grants and can apply 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.

11/6: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

Stay on Guard Dallas: Public Awareness Campaign

Stay On Guard Dallas is a bilingual public awareness campaign that engages residents, community leaders and organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19 through personal testimonials. The City challenges all residents to Stay on Guard Dallas, as businesses reopen, students return to campuses, and families celebrate holidays. The virtual proclamation and other information can be found 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.

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.

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.

11/13: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

11/20: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

Staying Safe this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the CDC and DSHS is advising that people celebrate with only household members and refrain from attending large gatherings. Instead, virtual celebrations can provide a safe and fun way to connect with those you care about. Other safe activities include watching parades, sports and holiday movies at home or making a meal for a neighbor and delivering it without direct contact. For Black Friday, consider ordering online or using curbside pickup options at your favorite retailers. More information about how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely can be found here and here. A COVID-19 risk assessment chart for common winter activities can be found here

TEA School Remote Learning Reimbursement Program

Governor Abbott has announced a $420 million reimbursement program to cover costs incurred by Texas public schools that purchased Wi-Fi hotspots and/or eLearning devices (such as laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks) so students could learn remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, jointly administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) using federal CARES Act dollars, will reimburse districts for costs incurred since the 2019-20 school year if the district locally purchased eLearning devices and/or WiFi hotspots. This reimbursement program builds on the progress made by Operation Connectivity, which has provided Texas schools with more than 2 million eLearning devices and more than 800,000 WiFi hotspots.

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

City of Irving District 3 Election Runoff: December 8

The City of Irving will be 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.

Advancing Racial Equity in Dallas

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, alongside Dallas Citizens Council, the Dallas Regional Chamber and Boston Consulting Group, has launched a coalition to combat systemic racism and inequity in the Dallas area. In doing so, they hope to make Dallas a model for other cities nationwide, enabling them to replicate our work to build a more equitable America. The coalition brings together civic, business and philanthropic leaders in a multiyear effort to catalyze broad and lasting social change in our community through groundbreaking and creative interventions. This equity effort will live under Aspire United 2030, their community plan for transformative change in the area of education, income and health over the next decade. More information and volunteer opportunities can be found here.

DPS Providing Resources to Dallas Police Department

At the request of the Dallas Police Department (DPD), Governor Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to provide direct support to DPD in their efforts to reduce violent crime and protect the communities in the city of Dallas. DPS will be deploying multiple resources to support this operation, including DPS Special Agents, State Troopers to support DPS gang and drug investigative operations, and a team of DPS Intelligence Analysts. DPS will also provide two helicopters and two patrol planes to provide direct air support and a team of Texas Rangers to support DPD homicide investigations. Additional resources will be made available should they be requested. The full announcement can be found here.

10/23: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

10/16: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

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.

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.

TWA Reinstatement of Work Search Requirement

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced that as the Texas economy continues to open, TWC will reinstate state work search requirements on November 1, 2020. Work search is a federal requirement to receive unemployment benefits. Individuals will continue to receive benefits but must show an active effort to obtain new employment. A wide variety of activities qualify as a work search.

Furloughed workers with a definite return to work date that is within 12 weeks of the layoff are exempt from work search requirements. Return to work dates beyond 12 weeks can result in the waiver of work search at the discretion of TWC. While Self-employed individuals who intend to reopen their business do not need to complete work search activities, they do need to take steps to reopen their business. Self-employed individuals who do not intend to reopen their business will need to complete work search activities. For additional information, contact Michael Britt, Director of Governmental Relations at 512-463-1802. 

COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program in Texas School Systems

Governor Greg Abbot has announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program for Texas school systems. This program will help schools conduct rapid tests of district employees and students — with the written permission of their parents — to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campuses. Through this pilot program, TDEM will provide participating school systems with COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that will be administered to students, teachers, and staff who choose to participate. Schools enrolled in the program will also receive personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely administer the rapid tests, which produce reliable results within 15 minutes. Participating school systems include: Bob Hope School (Port Arthur), Fabens ISD, Grace Community School (Tyler), Granger ISD, Lampasas ISD, Longview ISD, Harlingen Consolidated ISD, and Ysleta ISD.

City of Irving Emergency Business Assistance Program

The City of Irving has created the Emergency Business Assistance Program to help Irving small businesses access the working capital and technical assistance they need to assist with business expenses during these difficult times. This program is open to Irving businesses, including sole proprietorships, independently owned franchises and home-based businesses. Small businesses may receive financial assistance up to $50,000 in the form of a grant. Irving businesses are invited to submit the program’s pre-application to determine  eligibility. If the submitter appears to be eligible, additional questions will be presented that must be completed for the pre-application to be considered. The entire process should take about 15 minutes. More information about eligibility and the application can be found here.

DART Silver Line Community Meetings

DART is hosting a series of community meetings regarding the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project. These meetings will be an opportunity for the community to receive an update on the progress of the Silver Line Rail Project and ask questions related to the project.  Due to the on-going pandemic, these meetings will be conducted virtually via a Microsoft TEAMS Live Event. On November 9, there will be a meeting for Coppell/Cypress Waters from 6:30-8:30pm. On November 11, there will be a meeting for Carrollton from 6:30-8:30pm. Credentials for participating in these virtual meetings will be posted to their website soon. For more information on the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project, please visit 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.

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.

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