Dallas County is now under a shelter-at-home order in an effort to try to contain and stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The order applies to anyone who lives or works in the county. It goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and lasts until at least April 3.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the stay-at-home order is needed to flatten the curve. The goal is to help prevent a scenario in which the number of coronavirus cases exceeds local hospital capacity and to minimize the catastrophic outcomes other countries are seeing because they waited too long.
“This order is our best chance to flatten the curve in Dallas County and save as many lives as possible,” Jenkins said. “I know there will be economic hardship and business closures with this order, and it makes me sick we are at this point.”