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:

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is urgently needed at UT Southwestern. You can donate equipment by contacting giving@utsouthwestern.edu or calling 214-648-8988.
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 TestingDallas 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

 


Latest News

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

@DrPhilHuangDFWDr. Philip Huang, Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services


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

Communication Resources for Travelers

Texas:

Texas Hospital Association

Texas Health and Human Services

Local:

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas County Health and Human Services


Media Inquiries

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.