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Dallas County Extends Stay-At-Home Order Until May 15

Apr 22, 2020

Dallas County’s stay-at-home order has been extended until May 15.

Dallas County Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday. Judge Clay Jenkins and commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia voted in favor. Commissioners J.J. Koch and John Wiley Price voted against.

The county’s current order was set to expire on April 30, although county officials had said they could extend it.

Price was critical of the extension.

“I still find it abhorrent that we have no plan,” he said. “Here we are, we’re a week out from our April 30th deadline, no plan. Now we’re saying we’re going to take it two more weeks, still no plan. Even if the plan had a caveat.”

Tuesday’s extension comes as public health officials are recommending the county extend its stay-at-home order until the end of May.

Dr. Philip Huang, the county’s health and human services director, said there needs to be at least 14 days of decline in COVID-19 case counts before “you start looking at opening things up.”

Case counts in Dallas County remain steady; officials expect a peak in late April or early May.