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COVID-19 Updates and Information

March 31, 2020

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Notification from Dallas County on COVID-19 positive cases in UP - March 31

Dallas County Health and Human Services has notified the City that a total of 12 University Park residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  Respecting individual privacy, this is the only information being released at this time.  For more information and the latest data from the County, click here.

For your health, your family's health and the health of others, please remain vigilant and adhere to County and local Stay at Home orders and social distancing guidelines: 
  • Shelter in place except for essential activities
  • All private or public gatherings of any kind occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited
  • When engaging in allowed outdoor activities, maintain six feet of separation from other individuals at all times

Amended Order from Dallas County - March 29
  The rules outline steps every employer and employee must take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 as set forth by Safety Recommendations issued by the Construction Industry Coalition.  The rules apply to crews, whether they are working at residential or commercial construction sites. 

Open letter to the community from UPFD and UPPD - March 27 

To all residents of University Park –
As career public safety officials, with years of service to this community that we protect and serve, we want to sound all possible alarms for community awareness concerning COVID-19.  Tracking data shows University Park is at the epicenter for all positive coronavirus cases in Dallas County.  Zip code tracking shows 75225 is reporting the highest number of confirmed cases.  Please strictly adhere to all orders that the County and City have issued about sheltering in place and social distancing.
Our top priorities are maintaining your safety and security and the health and wellbeing of our first responders.  Quite frankly, we have witnessed organized activities and social gatherings in our parks and open spaces that could lead to more cases of community spread. This virus is extremely contagious, and we need your help now!  City and County orders mandate the following:
  • Shelter in place except for essential activities
  • All private or public gatherings of any kind occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited
  • When engaging in allowed outdoor activities, maintain six feet of separation from other individuals at all times
This is a serious public health emergency.  Washing your hands frequently and avoiding social contact will help flatten the outbreak curve.  We look forward to an eventual return to normal, but until then we ask you to do all you can to assist us in these safeguarding measures.  Be kind and respectful of your neighbors and those who continue to serve us through essential businesses.  Working together we will get through this!  Thank you.  

Randy Howell, Fire Chief
Greg Spradlin, Police Chief

COVID-19 cases reported in UP - Dallas County Health and Human Services - March 27

Dallas County Health and Human Services now reports nine (9) cases of coronavirus in University Park.  It is vitally important that all residents adhere to the County's Stay at Home order and adjoining City restrictions and advisories.  To view details and data from the County, click here

Actions taken during Emergency City Council - Thursday, March 26

The City Council unanimously approved continuation of the ordinance declaring a local disaster, and added amendments to the Mayor’s March 23 emergency order:
  • To assist restaurants and other essential businesses, the City relaxed its sign ordinance – this allows for the display of banners (30 square feet or less) to notify customers of take-out and delivery service
  • Until further notice, all 2-hour parking restrictions in non-residential zoned areas of the City are suspended·        
  • Playground equipment, tennis courts, and basketball courts are not to be used - Athletic practices, games or other training with our without professional instruction may not occur within a park - Please note:  Walking, jogging, bike riding is still encouraged and allowed, just not in groups.

Copy of Amended Order

Listen to audio of Emergency City Council Meeting (Audio starts two minutes into meeting with City Manager discussing amendments)

Notification from Dallas County on COVID-19 positive cases in UP - March 24

Dallas County Health and Human Services has notified the City of University Park that eight  (8) University Park/Highland Park residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  Respecting individual privacy, this is the only information being released at this time.
City leadership continues to work with Dallas County and the State of Texas to support health and safety orders and advisories.  COVID-19 is a dynamic situation.  The City is committed to working with our residents and businesses for the betterment, health and welfare of all concerned.  We encourage everyone to make decisions that are in keeping  with expert guidance and advice, reducing the risk of being infected or infecting others.  Please continue to follow announcements and updates about COVID-19 on the City’s website ( and the City’s various social media platforms.  Here is the most recent  list of positive case across Dallas County.
Impact to City Services and Operations - March 24

The City of University Park has activated a critical services model beginning today, March 24. All essential public safety services are continuing to operate without disruption. The 911 Dispatch Center located at City Hall also continues to take walk-in traffic 24 hours a day. Please take note of the following operational impacts:

Community Development
  • Building inspection procedures have been modified. Contact Community Development at 214-987-5411.
  • The Peek Service Center located at 4420 Worcola is not accepting walk-in business.
  • Services such as station tours, birthday parties, and child safety seat installations have been suspended.
Library Parks
  • All playground equipment is currently closed to the public.
  • Effective March 25 all tennis courts are closed until further notice.  Accordingly, the reservations system has been deactivated. 
  • All special events through April 30 are canceled.
  • Services such as fingerprinting and station tours have been suspended.
  • Incident reports and other requests can be made by calling 214-363-3000.
Public Works
  • Garbage and recycling continue to be collected on regularly scheduled days
  • Place all trash in plastic bags to help limit exposure of our Sanitation crews.
  • Brush, yard waste, and bulky items are NOT being collected at this time.
  • The Transfer Station located at 2525 University is closed to the public.  

Dallas County Stay Home/Stay Safe Questions and Answers - March 24

Read this information from Dallas County about "What can I do?" and "What is still open?"  Note that under this order, landscaping crews and construction workers are allowed to continue services.

For questions about what businesses are deemed essential, please email
Message from Mayor Lane - Amended Municipal Order - March 23

Last week the City Council acted to extend the Declaration of Local Disaster that I first signed on March 13th.  Since that time, Dallas County has put into place additional  measures to help prevent the further spread of  COVID-19. To that end, I have signed an amended declaration that mirrors the Dallas County order directing residents to shelter in place and for the closure of non-essential businesses.  The order also directs that playground equipment and basketball courts in the City’s parks remain closed for the duration of the disaster declaration. 
For the safety of our community and our families, I implore our residents to strictly adhere to these orders.  I do not take this action lightly or without full understanding of the economic toll it will have on members of our business  community.  However,  the gravity of this public health emergency requires decisive action. 
It has been heartening  to see University Park families out on sidewalks and enjoying our community.  Please continue to do so, practicing social distancing, with your safety and the safety of your families and others a central focus.  For more information on the COVID-19 virus response, please visit our website at

Thank you.
Olin Lane, Jr.

Amended Municipal Order 

Summary of Key Components of Amended Order

Library Curbside Service suspended - March 23

Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns and amendments, the Curbside Service at the UP Public Library has been suspended. 
Amended Order for Dallas County -  Stay Home and Stay Safe - March 22​

This order states people may leave their residences only for essential activities — including to get supplies for themselves and their families or perform tasks essential to their health and safety and that of others — or to operate essential businesses, such as healthcare, critical infrastructure (including government functions) and retail, including grocery stores.  People may also engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).

This amended order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23

Amended Order from Dallas County - March 21

Key changes and additions to restrictions:
  • Business closures now include hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, barber shops, and spas
  • Elective medical, dental, and surgical procedures are prohibited
  • Toilet paper is limited to 12 rolls (one package) per purchase
  • People are required to maintain a distance of six feet (6’) when in shared outdoor spaces - .Please note this prohibits play on the Burleson Park basketball court
University Park updates - March 19

Because social distancing is key to controlling COVID-19, the City of University Park has decided to close all playground equipment to public use. This action is in step with new guidelines that groups of 10 or more should not gather together. Signage has been placed at all playgrounds. This notice applies only to playground equipment. Our parks remain open to the public.

​Due to COVID-19 declarations centered on practicing social distancing, the University Park Police Department is temporarily suspending fingerprinting services. Likewise, UP Fire Department hosted birthday parties, station tours and car seat installations are suspended until further notice.

In addition to the public safety closures/suspensions, block parties have also been temporarily canceled. We appreciate your support and understanding.

Amended Order from Dallas County - March 18

Amendments of note for residents of University Park
  • Prohibitions on "Recreational Gathering" - is any indoor or outdoor event on private property that is primarily social or recreational in nature that brings (10) or more persons together - includes parties, backyard barbecues, social events, sporting events, and other gatherings.
  • Due to high demand for products, requiring more deliveries from manufacturers and distribution centers, this order suspends all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from  any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine or medical supplies anywhere in Dallas County for the next (60) days.

Closure of restaurants and applicable businesses in Dallas County - March 16

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has ordered restaurants and bars to shut down throughout the County to help stem coronavirus.  Restaurants are allowed to conduct drive-thru business, online business and service take-out orders.  The  action also prohibits community gathering of 50 people or more anywhere in the County. Read details.  This action applies to all restaurants and applicable businesses and persons in University Park. 

Dallas County Public Health Emergency Declaration - March 13 

City of UP Emergency Declaration - March 13

In support of Dallas County’s Public Health Emergency declaration, and other municipalities that are doing the same, Mayor Olin Lane Jr. has signed an emergency declaration for the City of University Park.  It outlines measures to contain COVID-19 and the threat of community spread resulting from public gathering and events.

City of UP Public Health Emergency Declaration

Although the City of University Park has not reported a presumptive or positive case of COVID-19, the City believes it’s prudent and in the best interest of our residents to suspend, postpone or cancel upcoming seasonal events, ongoing weekly events and other public functions.

Upcoming City of UP events and public functions impacted
  • Wednesday Court Night – Suspended through Wednesday, April 1

All defendants currently calendared MUST contact the Municipal Court regarding their court appearance. Please note that the Court window at City Hall will remain in operation, and can assist in the disposition of almost all matters except those involving juveniles, alcohol, physical harm, or that require a modification, hearing or trial. For all questions or concerns please contact the Clerk at 214-987-5331.
  • University Park Public Library – Closed until further notice (Curbside Service Program)
  • March 28 Touchdown Club Barbecue – Postponed 
  • April 4 Eggstravaganza – Canceled
  • April 18 Park Cities Recycling Event – Postponed
  • April 25 UPPA Up All Night  – Postponed 
  • April 25 Antique Car Show – Postponed 
  • April 25 Pet Microchip Event – Postponed 
  • April 25 Prescription Drug Take Back -- Canceled
  • May 1 Movie in the Park -- Canceled

Response to COVID-19 remains a fluid situation and is subject to changing health advisories and County, State and Federal directives.  For that reason, resumption and rescheduling of suspended or postponed events, activities and services will be determined with full consideration to public health and safety.  The City is not canceling or suspending City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment meetings. 

Websites of particular interest.  Each site contains valuable information, health advisories and other guidance about COVID-19.       

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
Texas Health and Human Services
Texas Department of Emergency Management
Dallas County Health and Human Services (Information Line - 972-692-2780  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon./Fri.)
Major Water Associations Reassure Public on Safety of Tap Water During COVID-19 Outbreak
City of Dallas
Town of Highland Park