At Southwestern Medical Foundation, we care about the health of our community. As a wide breadth of information is circulating about COVID-19 its global impact, it is imperative to have reliable resources for updates and information.

We have compiled a list of the best sources sharing news regarding 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:

  1. 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 assistance for Front-line providers, COVID-19 research, and patient care efforts.
  2. Southwestern Medical Foundation has created a sister fund to support UT Southwestern’s response to COVID-19. To make a gift to our fund, please click here.

The State of COVID-19

Current case counts, vaccination rates, and forecasting information for our region and nation.

Live Updates on COVID-19 Global Cases and Vaccination Rates – Most recent updates on total confirmed cases in the world by Johns Hopkins CSSE.

UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 Forecasting Model – Stay informed and updated by referring to UT Southwestern’s frequently updated COVID-19 forecasting model for the DFW region based on real patient data from Dallas and Tarrant counties.

Texas COVID-19 Data Resource – Dashboard developed by Texas 2036, a nonprofit organization building long-term, data-driven strategies to secure Texas’ continued prosperity for years to come. Includes county and state level analysis alongside reopening analysis.


Vaccinations and Booster Shots

UT Southwestern Vaccinations – UT Southwestern is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Everyone age 5 and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas, and we strongly encourage vaccination as your best defense against the virus and its variants.

UT Southwestern patients, as well as members of our community whom UT Southwestern vaccinated, will be able to schedule a booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine through their MyChart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended booster shots for everyone ages 18 and older. Please see UT Southwestern’s Booster Dose FAQ for more information.

If you are interested in receiving your first dose, you can make your appointment online now at UT Southwestern West Campus Building 3 (ninth floor), 2001 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX, 75390 (driving directions and parking information).

UTSW employees and learners can schedule their vaccinations through MyChart or the UTSW.net site.

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster Near You – Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.

Register for a Vaccine in Dallas County – Register for a COVID-19 vaccine in the City of Dallas


Vaccinations for Children

COVID-19 Vaccines are safe for children and teenagers. Before recommending COVID-19 vaccination for children, scientists conducted clinical trials. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine emergency authorization to use in children ages 5-15 years old and full approval to use in people ages 16 years and older.

The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.

Learn about myths and facts or get answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children.


Local Updates

Dallas County Raises COVID-19 Threat Level to Red, or “High Risk of Transmission”The Dallas Morning News, December 28, 2021

Understanding Omicron, the New COVID-19 Variant of Concern – UT Southwestern, December 22, 2021

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), December 27, 2021

North Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations to climb amid holiday celebrations, UT Southwestern projectsThe Dallas Morning News, December 28, 2021

Two Omicron Cases in North Texas: Here’s What We Know – NBC DFW, December 9, 2021

Pfizer Says Early Data Shows COVID Booster Appears to Offer Omicron Protection – WFAA, December 8, 2021

19 U.S. States Now Have Detected the Omicron COVID-19 Variant – NPR, December 7, 2021

Harris County Woman Tests Positive for Omicron Variant; 1st Case Detected in Texas – NBC DFW, December 6, 2021


Treatment and Vaccine News

We recommend following these Twitter accounts for rapid updates:

@WHO – World Health Organization

@CDCgov – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

@GregAbbott_TX – Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas

@JudgeClayJ – Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge

@DCHHS – Dallas County Health and Human Services


Living with COVID

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated December 28, 2021

Domestic Travel During COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated December 21, 2021

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated October 15, 2021

Post-COVID Conditions – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated September 16, 2021

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources – Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, UT Southwestern

UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care (CDRC) COVID-19 Support Line: For information about COVID-19, mental health resources, or referrals in the DFW Metroplex, call and speak with one of UT Southwestern’s licensed clinicians. Call 214-648-7355. Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST


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

Caring for Someone Sick at Home – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updated December 8, 2021


Prevention and Preparation

Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), December 20, 2021

Responding to COVID-19 – UT Southwestern Medical Center, updated regularly

COVID-19 Back to School Guidance – Children’s Health, updated August 11, 2021

How to Protect Yourself and Others – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated November 29, 2021


Free Resources and Support

Help with BillsLearn about the help you can get through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn about government programs to help pay for phone bills, medical bills, and other expenses. You can also learn how to apply for temporary assistance.

Pago de facturas – Ayuda con el pago de facturas de teléfono, servicios, gastos médicos y asistencia para familias necesitadas.

Coronavirus COVID 19 Resource HotlineThe City of Dallas launched a COVID-19 resource and information hotline. The automated hotline offers information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The number is 214-670-INFO (4636) and provides Dallas residents with important and useful information, in English and Spanish.

La ciudad de Dallas lanzó una línea directa de recursos e información COVID-19. La línea directa automatizada ofrece información las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana. El número es 214-670-INFO (4636) y brinda a los residentes de Dallas información importante y útil, en inglés y español.

Disaster Distress HotlineU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, dial 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish), or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746. SAMHSA provides communities and responders with behavioral health resources that help them prepare, respond, and recover from disasters.

People Seeking TreatmentCDC, the free and confidential resources on this page will help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained counselor in your area.


Key Resources

Global and National:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories 

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Texas:

Texas Health and Human Services

Texas Hospital Association

Local:

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas County Health and Human Services


Media Inquiries

For Southwestern Medical Foundation media inquiries concerning COVID-19, please click here. For UT Southwestern media inquires, please click here.