Leaders said urging people to register for the waitlist will help them in planning for future allocation of more doses once they’re available.
Dr. Elba Garcia said unity is key while fighting COVID-19 and that the steps needed include getting people educated with reliable information, registered, and vaccinated.
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 is currently getting the vaccine so that the county gets a better understanding of what the real demand is, since the concern is having supply meet demand.
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.
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 pruebas de COVID-19. El nuevo sitio de pruebas del Condado de Dallas está ubicado en Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc. (3020 N. Westmoreland Rd. Dallas, TX 75212).
Las pruebas en Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc. estarán disponibles a partir del lunes 24 de agosto del 2020 hasta el miércoles 30 de septiembre del 2020 (cerrado los domingos) entre las 7:30 a.m. y las 4:00 p.m.
Para obtener más información, llame al Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Dallas (DCHHS) al 972-692-2780 o visite la página web: www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php
Read the full article from the Dallas Morning News here.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Announces Re-Opening Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP)
DCHHS will begin accepting pre-screening applications online at https://www.dallascounty.org/ehap starting Friday, July 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (CT) and close the pre-screening application process on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. (CT). The pre-screening application form is available both, in English and Spanish. If you are an individual who does not have access to the internet or is unable to access the pre-screening application online, please call 214-819-1968. Pre-screening applications accepted by phone will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT). Please note that the submission of a pre-screening application does not guarantee eligibility or an offer of assistance. Only completed applications meeting eligibility requirements, and supported by required documentation, will be considered for assistance based on the availability of funds. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
“Given that we are encouraging families to stay home as much as possible right now, keeping people in their homes is especially critical,” said DCHHS Director, Dr. Philip Huang. “As we continue to fight this virus, EHAP will help thousands of Dallas County families in need.”
For more information, please visit:
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/ehap-cares.php or https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/emergency-assistance.php
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. También, muy pronto estaremos anunciando la apertura de otro sitio de pruebas. Juntos nos aseguraremos de que los residentes del código postal 75211 tengan las pruebas y los recursos necesarios para combatir este virus.
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 announce the opening of another testing site soon. Together we will make sure the residents of 75211 have the testing and resources needed to fight the COVID-19 virus.