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Responding to COVID-19

UT Southwestern is actively responding to the spread of COVID-19, with our infectious disease physicians leading our efforts to keep patients informed, educated, and safe.

Dealing with COVID-19 is a dynamically changing situation. To help navigate this environment, we’ve collected the latest information on appointments, patient and visitor policies, screening procedures, and closures. We’ve also provided information on our latest COVID-19 research efforts, as well as resources you can use to support your emotional well-being during this time. For more details, click the button below.

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COVID-19 forecasting for DFW

UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 current state analysis and forecasting model illustrates how COVID-19 is spreading across DFW based on real patient data we have received from Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties.

Tracking COVID-19 in Texas and beyond

  • Texas cases: Get updated statistics on coronavirus cases, testing, and recoveries with the state's COVID-19 tracker.
  • All cases: For a global perspective, see the COVID-19 dashboard.

What To Know: A Weekly Video Series

Please join us every Friday for “What To Know,” a Q&A video series hosted by Dr. John Warner, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs. UT Southwestern specialists will join Dr. Warner to answer questions and share facts from the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

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How does COVID-19 affect my existing appointment?

Your care team might contact you to recommend transitioning eligible appointments to video visits. Learn more about rescheduling and canceling existing appointments.

How can I make a new appointment?

Please contact your physician if you have urgent care needs or if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Your care team will be able to direct and guide you through the next steps.

What should I do If I think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

If you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, please call your doctor or local health department.

What is UT Southwestern doing to protect patients, visitors, and employees?

UT Southwestern has implemented safety measures across all of our facilities to protect patients, visitors, and staff from COVID-19 and to reduce the risk of transmission. Some of the precautions include:

  • Limiting visitors to one per patient per day at our hospital. Please no swapping visitors in and out. Visitors are also limited to one per patient at our ambulatory clinics.
  • Screenings continue: All visitors, patients, and staff will be screened at designated entry points for symptoms and exposure, and will receive a no-touch thermometer scan. Anyone registering a reading of 100.0°F/37.78°C or higher will not be allowed in the buildings. Staff can provide guidance on next steps.
  • Masks must be worn by all patients, visitors, employees, and guests in our hospital and ambulatory clinics.
  • Virtual care platform that gives patients and providers the option of rescheduling in-person appointments to video visits.
  • Contacting patients to help them reschedule nonessential appointments and elective procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat

Symptoms typically appear within 2 to 14 days after infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you develop any of the following symptoms – trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face – seek medical attention immediately.

Our Response to COVID-19