Editor’s note: Cheryl Eversole, Dallas County Health Department administrator, provided this statement in response to community members’ recent concerns about COVID-19 in the county.

The unfortunate death we have experienced in Dallas County was diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 16, 2020. This individual had no symptoms and was not contagious at the time of the public auction in early June.

There was no threat to the public. Once this individual had the virus and the ability to spread it, they had not been at any public place. This individual has a very large extended family, some of whom were in contact during the time the virus could be passed and did become infected.

Free testing was offered and completed for those close contacts. Close contact means being closer than 6 feet for more than 10 to 15 minutes unmasked.   

The Dallas County Health Department will only publish information that can be verified, and if there is a public exposure, careful measures will be taken to ensure public safety.

We encourage people to take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones by staying home as much as possible, avoiding large public gatherings, wearing masks when necessary and using good handwashing techniques frequently. 

Stay home when you do not feel well. 

It is up to all of us to do what we can to keep our community healthy.

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