Public Health: COVID-19 Response

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The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the Coronavirus disease 2019. Hospitals, healthcare professional, local public health, community leaders and others can find resources throughout this website to help them in their response to COVID-19

Find new dashboard for tracking COVID-19 Cases per county here. 


In the wake of Coronavirus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released resources targeted to help a variety of groups and individuals in community organizations prevent and cope with the outbreak.



For Texas HHSC's latest updates, monitor the following website.

HHSC COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919English and Spanish fliers available to share.

Child Care Licensing (CCL) has provided additional clarification around background checks: If someone has had a fingerprint run on or after June 1, 2015, their fingerprints are stored in the FBI database and no new fingerprint checks are required, regardless of which regulated operation they worked at before. So if someone worked in a daycare operation or a residential operation and they had a fingerprint check done on or after 6/1/15, when the background check is submitted, it flows through the system. No fingerprint checks are needed. If someone was fingerprinted before 6/1/15, they will need a new fingerprint check. If someone works at an ISDCCL can pull over their results for right now. That will change in the future, but for right now, we can get their results and no fingerprint is required.

Child Care Licensing Reference Information: 
For an inventory of COVID-19 related Regulatory information, including Fingerprinting locations and variance guidance, please see this quick reference link.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) recognizes many of you are working long hours to respond to the pressing demands related to the pandemic. This message provides a COVID-19 Provider Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and a contract guidance document related to Substance Use and Misuse Prevention Services. Read more.

Texas WIC Expands Eligible Foods, Launches Updated App
Texas Health and Human Services announces Texas WIC, the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children, is expanding the number of food items eligible for purchase through the program. It is also updating the MyTexasWIC app to ensure Texans who need access to nutritious food will be able to find it in their local grocery stores. Read more.

Texas Receives Approval for SNAP Online Grocery Purchases

Texas Health and Human Services recently received federal approval to allow Texans to purchase groceries online using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilot program is expected to start by May 18 statewide. Read more.