COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

TOWN INFORMATION

In support of Dallas County’s Public Health Emergency declaration and other municipalities that are doing the same, Mayor Margo Goodwin signed an emergency declaration for the Town of Highland Park on March 13, 2020. Following the Amended Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins - Stay Home Stay Safe - Mayor Goodwin sent a letter to the community regarding the Town’s response in connection with the Order. On March 27, the Town’s Local Health Authority released a statement on the the current health environment. 

Press Release from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, March 28th: Dallas County Reports 72 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases. "As of 10:00 am March 28, 2020, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 72 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total case count in Dallas County to 439. The 8th and 9th deaths from COVID-19 are being reported, of a man in his 50’s who was a resident of the city of DeSoto, and a man in his70’s who was a resident of the city of Dallas. These individuals had been critically ill in area hospitals. Of cases requiring hospitalization to date, about two-thirds (65%) have been either over 60 years of age or have had at least one known high-risk chronic health condition. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are increasing, with 36% of all hospitalized patients requiring admission to intensive care units." Full Press Release link

Update from Dallas County, March 27th: There are 11 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Highland Park. The full Dallas County Health and Human Services COVID-19 Summary may be viewed online.  A press release from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins provides an additional summary. 

Impact on Town Facilities, Services, and Events

As we work together to meet the Stay Home Stay Safe Order issued by Dallas County to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the playgrounds and playground equipment located in the Town’s parks have been temporarily closed, as well as all tennis courts, Exall Lake bridge, Teddy Bear park, basketball court, Gazebo in Flippin Park, and Town’s swimming pool. In addition to the changes mentioned above, the previously notified suspensions, postponements, cancellations of upcoming seasonal events, ongoing weekly events, and other public functions remain in place.

Online Avenue - Access Town Services Remotely

We want you to know that we remain available to serve you. The Town offers a variety of opportunities for you to access Town personnel. The landing web page for Online Avenue contains a list of online services as well as helpful contact phone numbers. In an effort to encourage social distancing of six feet, we recommend that you take advantage of those opportunities to work with us remotely. 

 The information below contains hyperlinks to the respective departments in light of temporary adjustments due to COVID-19 and community mitigation: 

Building Inspection

Library

Municipal Court

Parks and Recreation

Utility Customer Service

Thank you for your patience as we collectively address the current pandemic.

DALLas county public health information 

The Amended Order - Stay Home Stay Safe - issued on March 24th, is available for review on the County’s website. In response to central questions associated with the Amended Order, Dallas County released a FAQ: Stay Home Stay Safe fact sheet. 

Two, drive thru COVID-19 testing locations are available in the City of Dallas. The criteria for the use of drive-thru testing and the physical address may be found here. 

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES (DSHS)

You may find statewide information on the DSHS website, to include a daily update of case counts in Texas. On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”

On March 26th, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans. A complete listing of Governor Abbott’s press releases may be found online.

centers for disease control and prevention (cdc)

According to the CDC, there are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. As such, the CDC continues to investigate COVID-19, to include the manner in which the virus is spread among humans.

Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe symptoms, which may include can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Take a moment to review CDC’s “How to Protect Yourself,” a helpful guide to curb the spread of this disease. 


Helpful Links - COVID-19

Atmos Energy 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Highland Park ISD

Southern Methodist University