“Shelter in place” order issued for residents in Dallas County starts at midnight on Monday

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has ordered all residents in Dallas County to “shelter in place” under a new declaration announced on Sunday afternoon.

“Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.”

The Order begins at midnight tomorrow, March 23rd, and will last until April 3rd.

There were 14 cases of the Coronavirus in Dallas County last Sunday; however, latest numbers indicate at least 131 known cases, including two deaths.

Officials are still recommending people to avoid gatherings of over 10+ people.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories