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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. UT Southwestern, in partnership with Texas Health Resources, local organizations, and community leaders, is leading groundbreaking research to understand the spread of the novel coronavirus: the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study. UT Southwestern is recruiting about 45,000 residents of Dallas and Tarrant counties to receive free testing for the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as testing for antibodies against the virus. The Study will help develop effective and fair public health strategies to reduce any further deaths related to this disease. To learn more or get involved, please contact dfwcovidstudy@utsouthwestern.edu.
  4. 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.

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.


Important Dallas Updates

UT Southwestern Forecasting for DFW – UT Southwestern, updated weekly | (Click here to download the most recent PDF report)

How to Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine in North Texas – Find out the latest information on vaccine distribution in North Texas counties and where to register for vaccination. 

UT Southwestern Vaccinations – On January 10, UT Southwestern was designated as a vaccination hub by the state. This means that in addition to vaccinating UT Southwestern patients and workforce, they will now be able to offer vaccinations to the public throughout North Texas. UT Southwestern is working quickly to develop a registration process for individuals who are not UTSW patients and will provide frequent updates on the COVID-19 Vaccination webpage.

UT Southwestern began offering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients, based on state guidelines, starting Monday, Jan. 4. Existing UTSW patients who are 65 or older or 16+ who have at least one specified medical condition that puts them at high risk of severe COVID-19 complications are eligible. Patients can learn more on UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 Vaccination webpage.

These Dallas-Fort Worth Providers Are Among Texas’ 28 Vaccination HubsThe Dallas Morning News, January 10, 2021

Mega COVID-19 Vaccination Site Opens Monday in Dallas’ Fair ParkNBC DFW, January 10, 2021

First COVID-19 vaccines arrive at Methodist Dallas Medical CenterThe Dallas Morning News, December 14, 2020

City of Dallas COVID-19 Resources – City of Dallas, updated regularly

Dallas County COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public – Dallas County, updated daily

Dallas County COVID-19 TestingDallas County


Treatment and Vaccine News

Vaccination Drive Enters New Phase in U.S. and BritainAssociated Press, January 5, 2021

Phase 3 Trial of Novavax Investigational COVID-19 Vaccine Opens – National Institutes of Health (NIH), December 28, 2020

F.D.A. Approves Moderna Vaccine for Emergency Use – U.S. Food and Drug Administration, December 18, 2020

First Vaccines are Administered in the United StatesAssociated Press, December 14, 2020

COVID Vaccine Facts – Biotechnology Innovation Organization, updated regularly 

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 Service


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 at Home – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updated October 30, 2020

Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness? – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Updated September 11, 2020

Prevention and Preparation

COVID-19 Back-to-School Guidance – UT Southwestern Pediatric Group and Children’s Health

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

What You Need to Know About Masks – 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 

Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 When Visiting Parks and Recreational FacilitiesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), updated regularly

Resuming Business Toolkit – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

How to Help Kids Embrace Mask-Wearing The New York Times, June 23, 2020

Healthy Living During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

The CDRC has also established a COVID-19 Support Line, open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST. For information about COVID-19, mental health resources, or referrals in the DFW Metroplex, call and speak with one of their licensed clinicians at 214-648-7355. If you need to talk to someone outside of business hours, you may leave a message and someone will follow-up with you on the next business day. 

Deciding to Go Out – CDC, June 15, 2020

Staying Healthy at Home World Health Organization, updated regularly 

Food safety, nutrition, and wellness during COVID-19 – Harvard, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, updated regularly

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.

Here’s where you can get a coronavirus test in North TexasThis robust list from The Dallas Morning News includes options for those without insurance.

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

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.