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So far officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services say more than two million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Texas. The call is for businesses and employers to encourage and even help eligible people to sign up for the vaccination. "We need to change the formula if we want to get out of this pandemic and resume a normal way of life," said Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia. The hope is everyone signs up for vaccinations, regardless of which group

New numbers from Dallas County show Latinos make up only 16% of the county's vaccine registrations, despite making up 41% of the population. Latino community leaders like County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia say more outreach efforts, like a registration drive in Oak Cliff, are needed. “The Latino community and the African American community have been hurt the most," said Garcia. Read the full story here.

"When you look at the diversity of the African American and Latino community, you see several factors and we have talked about that before, like the high density, the large number of essential workers, the multi-generational households, the lower-income and of course, the lack of access to healthcare," said Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia. The survey also found 12.3% of white voters said they or a relative had been affected by COVID-19, but the rate for Blacks was 23.4% and 29.4% for Hispanics. Opinions among

Dallas County has opened a new COVID-19 testing site. Dallas County's new testing site is located at Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc. (3020 N. Westmoreland Rd. Dallas, TX 75212). Testing at Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc. will be available beginning Monday, August 24, 2020 until Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (closed on Sundays) between the hours of 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM. For more information, call Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) at 972-692-2780 or visit: www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php - El Condado de Dallas ha abierto un nuevo sitio de

Council member Chad West and county commissioner Elba Garcia participated in the effort this week to help small businesses in Oak Cliff. Celebración Bridal, Virginia's Restaurant, Flowers by Conde, and JD's BBQ & Grill all received personal protective equipment in an effort to encourage the safety of patrons visiting local businesses. Read the full article from the Dallas Morning News here.

DALLAS (July 24, 2020) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) announces the re-opening of the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) for residents of Dallas County. This program provides short-term, rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to Dallas County residents living outside the City of Dallas facing economic hardship in the wake of COVID-19. Assistance for EHAP is eligibility based and will be processed through a lottery system. DCHHS will begin accepting pre-screening applications online at https://www.dallascounty.org/ehap starting Friday, July 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Me complace anunciar que hoy abrimos un nuevo sitio de pruebas "drive-thru" en el Colegio Comunitario Mountain View, localizado en el 4849 W. Illinois Ave. Dallas, TX 75211. El horario será de 8am a 2pm todos los días. El sitio estará abierto para todos - no hay requisitos de residencia o identificación. Quiero dar las gracias a los concejales Casey Thomas y Chad West, Parkland, DCHHS y a la Presidente de Mountain View College, la Dra. Beatriz Joseph, por trabajar conmigo para abrir este sitio.

I am happy to announce that today we opened a new drive-thru testing site at Mountain View College - 4849 W. Illinois Ave. Dallas, TX 75211. The hours of operation will be 8 am - 2 pm daily. The site is open to everyone - no residency or ID requirements. I want to thank Councilmembers Casey Thomas and Chad West, Parkland, DCHHS and the President of Mountain View College - Dr. Beatriz Joseph, for working with me to get this site open. We will also

During this difficult time in our lives, we are all experiencing stress, anxiety, and/or financial difficulties due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Dallas County staff stands with you in the fight to overcome and protect our residents from the COVID-19 virus. Please take a brief moment to view this article from the Dallas Morning News on how our Latino residents in Dallas are weathering the effects of the COVID-19 virus: Link: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/07/11/how-latino-residents-in-dallas-hardest-hit-zip-code-are-weathering-covid-19/ (Dallas County website link for reference: https://www.dallascounty.org/government/comcrt/district4/community-information/how-latino-residents-in-dallas-hardest-hit-zip-code-are-weathering-covid-19.php)

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