Dallas County announces declaration of local disaster for public health after community spread of COVID-19

Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 10:36 PM CDT
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Dallas County has issued a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency after confirming the first case of community spread of COVID-19 in the county.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced five new cases of the coronavirus in Dallas County, bringing the total to eight. One of the cases had no travel history.

Two of the patients are hospitalized while the other three are isolating at home.

Beginning at 11 a.m. March 13, community gatherings of more than 500 people will be prohibited. Officials say the Dallas Auto Show will be impacted by the declaration. A full list of impacted events is expected to be released Friday morning.

Jenkins said citations could be issued for those who do not comply with the order.

County officials also discourage gatherings of more than 250 people and say those at increased risk should avoid gatherings of more than 10.