Responding to COVID-19

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COVID-19 Vaccination Update

As a state-designated COVID-19 vaccination hub, UT Southwestern is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to reach those members of our community who are at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and vaccinate them. DCHHS will begin providing UTSW with names of qualified individuals (Phases 1A and 1B) who registered with the county for vaccination. We look forward to continuing the momentum we have gained vaccinating our Phase 1B patients and to ensuring as many Texans have access to this invaluable protection as possible. Additional details on next steps will be forthcoming on our COVID-19 Vaccination website. Vaccinations are still contingent on supply, which is currently limited.

Staying vigilant about your safety

For the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety procedures at our facilities, please visit the links on this page or click the button below.

Our Care Commitment

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 Dallas and Tarrant counties.

Vaccinating the Frontline

Since Dec. 15, 2020, UT Southwestern has been vaccinating frontline workers and employees who were eager to receive their first shots so they could help protect themselves, their families, and their patients from the virus. "This is history, and as health care personnel we owe it to society to be leaders."

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About COVID-19

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is spread primarily through transmission of respiratory droplets from sneezing, breathing, talking, and coughing. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others, usually within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more. People who are infected but not showing symptoms can also spread the virus to others.

To a lesser extent, COVID-19 can be spread from touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching one’s face.

To reduce the spread, it is important to:

  • Wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between you and others whenever possible
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid indoor gatherings with large groups not in your immediate family
  • Stay home if you feel unwell

When to Quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that COVID-19 positive patients be isolated in either a hospital or home environment (depending on illness severity) until they are feeling better and no longer are at risk of infecting others.

In addition, if you have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should quarantine for a recommended 10 days.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Please speak with your local health department or provider for additional information.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms typically appear within 2 to 14 days after infection, and include:

  • 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

According to the CDC, 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