DCHHS Social Distancing Recommendations

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 1) Vulnerable Populations: Limit Outings

 Vulnerable populations include people who are:

– 60 years old and older.

– People with certain health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems.

 For vulnerable populations, don’t go to gatherings unless it is essential. Stay home. Avoid people who are sick.


2) Workplace and Businesses: Minimize Exposure

 Suspend nonessential employee travel.

 Ensure employees practice social distancing and do not work within six feet of one another.

 Urge essential employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.

 Do not require a doctor’s note for employees who are sick.

 Maximize telecommuting options.

 Persons who need to be at work to provide essential services of great benefit to the community must take steps in their workplace to minimize risk.


3) Cancel Non-essential Events

 Cancel non-essential events.

 Do not attend any events or gatherings if sick.

 For events that aren’t cancelled, we recommend:

– Having hand washing capabilities, hand sanitizers and tissues available.

– Frequently cleaning high touch surface areas like counter tops and hand rails.

  • Finding ways to implement social distancing..


4) Schools: Safety First

 Do not have your child attend school if sick.

 If you have a child with chronic health conditions, consult the child’s doctor about school attendance.

 Schools should equip all classrooms with hand sanitizers and tissues.

 Recommend rescheduling or cancelling events that are not essential.

 Explore remote teaching and online options to continue learning.

 Schools should develop a plan for citywide school closures, and families should prepare for further closures.


5) Transit: Cleaning and Protection

 Increase cleaning of vehicles and high touch surface areas.

 Provide hand washing/hand sanitizers and tissues in stations and on vehicles.

 Ensure social distancing practices are implemented to the full extent possible.


6) Health Care Settings: Avoid as possible, protect the vulnerable

 Long-term care facilities should have a COVID-19 plan in accordance with CDC or state guidelines.

 Long-term care facilities should restrict all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life situations.

 The general public should avoid going to medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, even if you are not ill.

 If you are ill, call your health care provider ahead of time, and you may be able to be served by phone.

 Do not visit emergency rooms unless it is essential.

 Follow guidance and directions of all facilities.


7) Everyone: Do your part

The best way for all Dallas County residents to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

 Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.

 Stay home if you are sick.

 Avoid touching your face.

 Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.

 If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials and CDC guidance.

 There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.


You can also prepare for the disruption caused by an outbreak. Preparedness actions include:

 Prepare to work from home if that is possible for your job, and your employer.

 Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family.

 Prepare a childcare plan if you or a caregiver are sick.

 Make arrangements about how your family will manage school closures.

 Plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.

 Take care of each other and check in by phone with friends, family and neighbors that are vulnerable to serious illness or death if they get COVID-19.

 Keep common spaces clean to help maintain a healthy environment for you and others. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly with disinfecting sprays, wipes or common household cleaning products.


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