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City of Rowlett reports first coronavirus related death, amends shelter in place order

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The following COVID-19 case counts reflect numbers as of 6:00 PM Monday, March 30

National – 156,931 cases, 2,880 deaths
Texas – 3,023, 39 deaths
North Texas – 1,055 cases, 17 deaths
Dallas County – 549 cases, 11 deaths
Rockwall County – 7 cases, 0 deaths
City of Rowlett – 11 cases (4 have recovered), 1 death

These are only the confirmed cases. Expect that this virus is everywhere and that you are at risk any time you leave your house – confirmed test results are not telling the whole story right now. There are potentially many other cases in Rowlett, in Dallas County and in Rockwall County that are not included in these counts as they have not been tested.Our Rowlett cases include 7 women and 4 men. They range in age from late teens to mid 70’s. Three are under 40 years old. The majority are under age 60. This is NOT a virus that affects just our elderly!

  • In Dallas County, almost 75 percent of the cases are in people who are 18-60 years old.
  • 30 percent require hospitalization, of those about two-thirds 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 percent of all hospitalized patients requiring admission to intensive care units.

The City of Rowlett joins with other governmental entities in protecting the privacy and safety of households with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. With federal guidance, the City’s health authority provides direction to those individuals to self-quarantine. When necessary, the City’s health authority can legally enforce directives for isolation, quarantine or conditional release, including movement restrictions, for the purpose of protecting the public’s health.

Rowlett will continue to alert the public about any new cases, but will restrict information to age range and gender as it is available. Please visit ( for more information, closures and the measures instituted to help protect our community.

With full support from the Rowlett City Council, Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian has amended the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency and extended the Shelter in Place Order from April 3 to April 30.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. 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 the City 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 amended order also includes:

  • No longer allowing individuals to pick up food inside a restaurant. All take-out food must be brought outside to the customers.
  • Gas stations and convenience stores are prohibited from selling self-service food items.
  • Religious institutions must limit in-person staff to 10 people or less at one time, and 25 people total per day, when preparing for or conducting video or teleconference services.
  • The addition of basic minimum operations provisions as an allowable activity for businesses, including minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of inventory, process payroll and employee benefits.
  • Price gouging provisions were put in place.

View the order in its entirety at (

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