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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Governor Declares State Disaster for Texas Counties



Governor Greg Abbott declared a State Disaster for all Texas counties. The city of Balch Springs is committed to educate and implement measures that will help prevent the spread of COVID19. Your city leaders have teamed with state resources and County Officials for local governmental support to ensure the protection of the health of our citizens.

The City of Balch Springs is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation in close coordination with the state and Dallas County Health and Human Services Department. We will send periodic updates and keep you informed of any changes via the city’s website and all our social media platforms. You and your loved ones can be very confident that every precaution is being taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone. We are very proud of our employees and first responders, who continue to faithfully protect and serve in spite of a negative environment.  It is vitally important that we have a positive mindset through these times. As your city manager I can attest that your cities essential departments are fully operational and equipped to serve because our people truly make the difference and we thank them not only for what they do, but for who they are

After much deliberation we have made the decision to close the Library, Civic Center, Municipal Court and Recreation center in addition to programs, events, and meetings to help prevent any possible exposure. The Opal J Smith Food Pantry will be operating via curbside service.

The City is taking recommended precautions and is following the guidelines outlined by the state, and Dallas County Health Department and the CDC. Additionally, we are taking proactive measures to promote the safety of patrons and staff by increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of common areas, restrooms, and gathering areas. There will be an increase in the number of hand-sanitizing stations throughout many of the City’s facilities, as well as extra hand washing signs that remind employees and visitors to wash their hands frequently.

As we walk this path as a community, be reminded of the simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you or a loved one has come into contact with a possible COVID19 person, please dial 211 for information

Dallas County Health Department Link -

The translation of this speech to Spanish is audibly available by dialing 972-286-4477 Ext. 201

In closing I would like to share with you that we have full empathy and compassion for those who may be experiencing fear and anxiety. However I would like to encourage you to take this time to focus on your family and your loved ones. Fear accomplishes nothing in fact Zig Zigler once said:

“Fear has two meanings: ’Forget Everything and Run’ or ’Face Everything and Rise.’ The choice is yours.” 

I can boldly say; We will Fear Not! Because we as a community, county, state and nation will overcome this time of uncertainty by prayerfully and fearlessly standing together in faith hope and love!

City Manager: Susan Cluse

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