Saturday,May 11, 2013
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If you have residents with any type of adverse issues, whether from employers or retailers, as a result of Ebola stigma, please complete this form and return to us, so that we can take action.
Many thanks to the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS)! DCHHS has translated Ebola public health information and made the translated materials available via their website. Languages that are available are Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Oromo, Swahili, French, Urdu, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Spanish and English. Please visit the link listed below to see/download the available translated documents. Please send along this link throughout your organizations, post on your websites, Facebook, etc.
We wanted to share a few important updates with you regarding the recent diagnosis of Ebola at Presbyterian Hospital. As you may be aware, a man from the Vickery Meadow area was taken to the hospital and tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday. He was transported from the Ivy Apartments at 7225 Fair Oaks.
The CDC has assured us there is no chance of the virus spreading to the rest of our community, as conditions that have caused it to spread in other countries do not exist here in the United States.
As a basic precautionary measure, we have sent public health information to each of our apartment communities and are working closely with owners, managers and residents in the area. We also have translators standing by to assist with any educational information our community may need.
The Dallas County Health and Human Services also informed us that five students who attend four different campuses may have had contact with the individual. The students attend the following campuses: Dan D. Rogers Elementary School, Emmett J. Conrad High School, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, and Sam Tasby Middle School. While no student from Lowe Elementary School has been identified, as an extra pre-caution the district is monitoring Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary since it is connected to Tasby Middle School. As a precautionary measure, the students who were exposed to this individual have been advised to stay home from school. It is important to know that individuals are not contagious until symptoms appear. Since these students have not presented any symptoms, there is nothing to suggest that the disease was spread by any of these students to others, including to students and staff.
To see the flyer sent home to elementary students today, click here.
To access a Conrad High School flyer, translated in multiple languages, click here.
Some important notes to remember:
Residents with immediate concerns can call 311 or 211, or call the OEM at 214-670-4275. General community questions can also be directed to our office, 214-265-8285.
We appreciate your care and concern of this very serious situation. For additional information about Ebola please visit the CDC's website: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/
Our thoughts and prayers are with the man who is infected and the health care professionals who are providing treatment. Thank you for your support.
Vickery Meadow has expanded their public safety program and instituted a new Dallas Police Bike Officer Patrol. As the most dense population in Dallas, we have many properties and security needs that traditional patrol cars just can't access. Bike officers have an ability to interact with the community and our many pedestrians on a more personal, almost informal, level. We are so excited to start this new program and have already seen the officers in front of and around our many local schools, talking with not just students, but surrounding businesses and patrons. If you see the bike officers, don't be afraid to walk up and say hello!
Please join us for our annual stakeholder meeting on June 3rd, 2014 at 3pm at Three Fountains, 6011 Melody Lane, Dallas, TX 75231. We would love to hear feedback from our property owner stakeholders, to include suggestions for future programming and inputs on the 2015 Service Plan. Attendees should park in the parking lot to the east of the front entrance. Please do not park in the horseshoe area.
Please note we have changed the date/time of the VM Annual Egg Hunt. The egg hunt will now be a part of the first annual Heart of Vickery Meadow Walk and Community Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm, at Sam Tasby Middle School. The event is a joint partnership of Heart House Dallas, Sam Tasby Middle School, VMID and Trans.lation and includes a one-mile family fun walk and festival!