At Southwestern Medical Foundation, we care about the health of our community. As a wide breadth of information is circulating about COVID-19 and its global impact, it is imperative to have reliable resources for updates and information.
How You Can Help
We are dedicated to supporting UT Southwestern Medical Center’s response to the pandemic. You can help us do our part in the battle against COVID-19 in a few different ways:
- 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.
- 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 Current State of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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.
The next issue of Perspectives will be out soon, with a focus on inspiring a higher standard in public health. The issue will include contributions from nationally and internationally known experts highlighting the lessons we take forward from the experience of COVID-19 and the case for continued investment in building healthy families and communities.
COVID Vaccinations and Booster Shots
UT Southwestern Vaccinations – UT Southwestern is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Everyone 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 5 and older and a second booster shot for those ages 50 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.
COVID-19 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) has given the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines emergency use authorization to use in children ages 6 months – 17 years old, and full approval to use in people ages 18 years and older.
The CDC recommends everyone ages six months and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.
|6 months – 17 years old||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|18 years and older||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The FDA has authorized certain antiviral medications and monoclonal antibodies to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in people who are more likely to get very sick. Learn more about treatments from the CDC.
|Nirmatrelvir with Ritonavi (Paxlovid)|
|Adults; children ages 12 years and older||Start as soon as possible; must begin within 5 days of when symptoms start||Taken at home by mouth (orally)|
|Adults and children||Start as soon as possible; must begin within 7 days of when symptoms start||Intravenous (IV) infusions at a healthcare facility for 3 consecutive days|
|Adults; children ages 12 years and older||Start as soon as possible; must begin within 7 days of when symptoms start||Intravenous (IV) infusions at a healthcare facility for 3 consecutive days|
|Adults||Start as soon as possible; must begin within 5 days of when symptoms start||Taken at home by mouth (orally)|
Treatment and Vaccine News
We recommend following these Twitter accounts for rapid updates:
@WHO – World Health Organization
@CDCgov – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
@NIH – National Institute of Health
@HHSgov – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
@DCHHS – Dallas County Health and Human Services
@TCPHtweets – Tarrant County Public Health
Free COVID-19 Resources and Support
Free At-home Test Kits – Residential households in the U.S. are eligible for free at-home tests on USPS.com. Each order now includes 8 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.
Help with Bills – Learn 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 Hotline – The 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 Hotline – U.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 Treatment – CDC, the free and confidential resources on this page will help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained counselor in your area.