At Southwestern Medical Foundation, we care about the health of our community. As a wide breadth of information is circulating about the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and its global impact, it is imperative to have reliable resources for updates and stay informed about effective ways to take precautionary measures.
We have compiled a list of the best sources sharing news regarding the impact of COVID-19. Please share this information with your families and networks.
How You Can Help
We are dedicated to supporting UT Southwestern Medical Center’s response to COVID-19. You can help us do our part in the battle against COVID-19 in a few different ways:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is urgently needed at UT Southwestern. You can donate equipment by contacting email@example.com or calling 214-648-8988.
- Your generosity makes a world of difference in a trying time. Click here to make a gift to support UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 response, which includes designations to their Provider Assistance Fund, Research Fund, and Patient Care Fund .
- Southwestern Medical Foundation has also created a sister fund to support UT Southwestern’s response to COVID-19. To make a gift to our fund, please click here.
Live Case Counts
Live Updates on COVID-19 Global Cases – Most recent updates on total confirmed cases in the world by Johns Hopkins CSSE
Live Updates on COVID-19 Cases in Texas Counties – Most recent updates on the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in counties across Texas by Texas Health and Human Services
Important Dallas Updates
City of Dallas COVID-19 Resources – City of Dallas, updated regularly
Dallas Fort-Worth area business closings – WFAA, updated regularly
Dallas County Judge Announces Virtual Food Drive for the North Texas Food Bank – NBC DFW, April 6, 2020
The Statler Offers Free Rooms and Food to Health Care Professionals – WFAA, April 5, 2020
Dallas County Extends Local Disaster Declaration Until May 20 – April 3, The Dallas Morning News
Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols – March 31, 2020, Office of the Texas Governor
Health and Human Services Launches 24/7 Statewide Mental Health Support Line – Texas Health and Human Services, March 31, 2020
Infographic with Criteria for Drive-through Testing – Dallas Regional Chamber
If I or My Loved One Has COVID-19
If you are located in Dallas and concerned you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please call your doctor or local health department.
Local COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Locations – Texas Health and Human Services, updated regularly
What To Do if You Are Sick – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated regularly
Testing for COVID-19: Guidance and Coronavirus Self-Checker – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 21, 2020
Caring for Someone at Home – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) March 18, 2020
Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness? – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 18, 2020
Prevention and Preparation
Checklist: Get Your Household Prepared for COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated regularly
What to Know about COVID-19 – UT Southwestern Medical Center, updated regularly
Use of Face Cloth Coverings to Help Slow the Spread with Instructions and DIY Tutorials – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated regularly
Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated regularly
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 22, 2020
NYT Parenting: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus – The New York Times, March 17, 2020
Healthy Living During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Staying Healthy at Home – World Health Organization, updated regularly
A List of Live Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Shutdown – NPR, updated regularly
Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak – The Journal, updated regularly
Tracker: Free At-Home Resources Available to Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Forbes, updated regularly
Food safety, nutrition, and wellness during COVID-19 – Harvard, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, updated regulary
FDA Provides Updated Guidance for Addressing Urgent Need for Blood During the Pandemic – U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April 2, 2020
WHO Director-General’s Opening Remarks at the Media Briefing on COVID-19 – World Health Organization (WHO), April 2, 2020
Pandemic Model Shows Importance of Social Distancing in 22 Texas Cities – The University of Texas at Austin, March 31, 2020
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) – Texas Department of State Health Services, March 24, 2020
FDA Approved Drugs Could Help Fight COVID-19 – UT Southwestern Medical Center, March 19, 2020
New Coronavirus Stable for Hours on Surfaces – National Institutes of Health, March 17, 2020
UTSW researchers and international collaborators find human protein that potently inhibits coronavirus – UT Southwestern Medical Center, March 8, 2020
The above news list will be updated as major breakthroughs are released. We recommend following these Twitter accounts for rapid updates:
@WHO – World Health Organization
@CDCgov – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
@SecAzar – Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
@HHH_ASH – Admiral Brett P. Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
@GregAbbott_TX – Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
@DCHHS – Dallas County Health and Human Services
@DrPhilHuangDFW – Dr. Philip Huang, Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services
Global and National:
UT Southwestern is providing a line at 214-648-3404 with after hours monitored messaging for media or emergencies. Otherwise calls are managed during business hours. For Southwestern Medical Foundation media inquiries concerning COVID-19, please click here. For UT Southwestern media inquires, please click here.
COVID-19 Readiness: Virtual Office Operations
With deep care and respect for our community’s health and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we are operating virtually until further notice. We will conduct all business remotely during this temporary closure of our physical offices. Please click here for a full message from our President and CEO.